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z Neh. i. 2.
DEUTERONOMY XXX. 1 Great mercies promised unto the repentant. 11 The commandment is manifest.
15 Death and life are set before them. 1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 - If
of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee :
5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
9 . And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good : for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers :
10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 q For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
a Ch. xxviii. 11
b Rom. x, 6, &c.
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, A.C. 1451. and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
15 9 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon
the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 • I call heaven and earth to record this day against c Ch. iv. 26. you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing : therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed
20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him : for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
NUMBERS XXXVI. ver. 13. 13 These are the commandments and the judgments, which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho. Personal History of Moses concluded 30.
His Death announced. NUMBERS XXVII. VER, 12, 13, 14. 12 | And the LORD said unto Moses, • Get thee up into a Deut. xxxii this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.
30 The arrangement of this part of the narrative is very difficult. We read of two charges to Joshua, and two charges to the people. We read likewise of the delivery of a copy of the law to the priests, and of another to the Levites. Whether these charges were given at the same time; or whether two copies of the law were delivered, one to be deposited in the ark, the other to be copied by the people, is uncertain. It is supposed that some few passages at the end of Deuteronomy have been added by a later writer; either Samuel, or Ezra, or one of the Prophets. This would account for the apparent repetition.
e Ch. xx. 24. f Ch. XX. 24.
13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.
14 For ye f rebelled against my commandment in the
desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify Ex. xvii. 7. me at the water before their eyes : that is the 6 water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
Joshua appointed his Successor. NUMBERS. XXVII, VER. 15, TO THE END. 15 9 And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,
16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
17 Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd.
18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.
20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who h Ex. xxviii. shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before
the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word
22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him: and
23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
Moses' Last Charge to the People.
DEUTERONOMY XXXI, VER. 1-7.
2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty
also the Lord hath said unto me, 'Thou shalt not go over 12. ch. iii. 27. this Jordan.
3 The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou
i Num. XX.
shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before k Num. xxvii. thee, kas the LORD hath said.
4 And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon
and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of A.C. 1451. them, whom he destroyed.
5 And 'the Lord shall give them up before your face, 1 Ch. vii, 2. that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.
6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Moses' Charge to Joshua.
DEUTERONOMY XXX), VER. 7, 8. 7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the" sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage : for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Moses completes the Writing of the Law, and delivers it to
the Priests. DEUTERONOMY XXXI. VER, 9-22. 9 9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel.
10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, m Ch. xv. I. in the feast of tabernacles,
11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law :
13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
14 g And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.
15 And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar
* Heb, lie down
A.C. 1451. of a cloud : and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door
of the tabernacle.
16 | And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt * sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.
17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from
them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and trouHeb. find bles shall + befall them; so that they will say in that day,
Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not
18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.
19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel : put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.
20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.
21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and trou1 Heb. before. bles are befallen them, that this song shall testify #against
them as a witness ; for it shall not be forgotten out of the
mouths of their seed : for I know their imagination which Heb. do. they go about, even now, before I have brought them into
the land which I sware.
The second Charge to Joshua, and Delivery of the Law to
DEUTERONOMY XXXI. ver. 23-30.
23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and n Josh. i. 6. said, "Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt
bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware
24 g And it came to pass, when Moses had made an
25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.