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The Fifth Book of Mosesalso called Deuteronomy
(after the Latin)
The 29th Chapter
These are the words of the appointment which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the appointment which he made with them in Horeb. And Moses called unto all Israel and said unto them: you have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, unto Pharao and unto all his servants, and unto all his land, and the great temptations which your eyes have seen and those great miracles and wonders: And yet the Lord has not given you an heart to perceive, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear unto this day.
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: and your clothes are not waxed old upon you, nor are your shoes waxed old upon your feet. you have eaten no bread nor drunk wine or strong drink: that you might know, how that he is the Lord your God.
And at the last you came unto this place, and Sihon the king of Hesbon and Og king of Basan came out against you unto battle, and we smote them and took their land and gave it an inheritance unto the Rubenites and Gadites and to the half tribe of Manasse. Keep therefore the word of this appointment and do them, that you may understand all that you ought to do. you stand here this day every one of you before the Lord your God: both the heads of your tribes, your elders, your officers and all the men of Israel: your children, your wives and the strangers that are in your host, from the hewer of your wood unto the drawer of your water: that you shouldst come under the appointment of the Lord your God, and under his oath which the Lord your God makes with you this day. For to make you a people unto himself, and that he may be unto you a God, as he has said unto you and as he has sworn unto your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Also I make not this bond and this oath with you only: but both with him that stands here with us this day before the Lord our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day. For you know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations which we passed by. And you have seen their abominations and their idols: wood, stone, silver, gold, which they had.
Lest there be among you man or woman kindred or tribe that turns away in his heart this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations: and least there be among you some root that bears gall and wormwood, so that when he hears the words of this curse, he bless himself in his heart saying: I shall have peace, I will therefore work after the lust of mine own heart, that the drunken may perish with the thirsty. And so the Lord will not be merciful unto him, but then the wrath of the Lord and his jealousy, smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book light upon him, and the Lord do out his name from under heaven, and separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel according unto all the curses of the appointment that is written in the book of this law.
So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you and the stranger that shall come from a far land, say when they see the plagues of that land, and the diseases wherewith the Lord has smitten it how all the land is burnt up with brimstone and salt, that it is neither sown nor bears, nor any grass grows therein, after the overthrowing of Sodom, Gomor, Adama and Zeboim: which the Lord overthrew in his wrath and anger.
And then all nations also say: wherefore has the Lord done of this fashion unto this land? O how fierce is this great wrath? And men shall say: because they left the testament of the Lord God of their fathers which he made with them, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt. And they went and served strange gods and worshiped them: gods which they knew not and which had given them nought. And therefore the wrath of the Lord waxed hot upon that land to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book. And the Lord cast them out of their land in anger, wrath and great furiousness, and cast them into a strange land, as it is come to pass this day. The secrets of the Lord our God are opened unto us and our children for ever, that we do all the words of this law.
The 30th Chapter
When all these words are come upon you, whether it be the blessing or the curse which I have set before you, yet if you turn unto your heart among all the nations *whither the Lord your God has thrust you, and come again unto the Lord your God and hearken unto his voice according to all that I command you this day: both you and your children with all your heart and all your soul: Then the Lord your God will turn your captivity and have compassion upon you and go and fetch you again from all the nations, among which the Lord your God shall have scattered you. though you was cast unto the extreme parts of heaven: even from thence (from that place / time) will the Lord your God gather you and from thence (from that place / time) fetch you and bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall enjoy it. And he will show you kindness and multiply you above your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed for to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, that you may live. And the Lord your God will put all these curses upon your enemies and on them that hate you and persecute you. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
But you shall turn and hearken unto the voice of the Lord and do all his commandments which I command you this day. And the Lord your God will make you plenteous in all the works of your hand and in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your cattle and fruit of your land and in riches. For the Lord will turn again and rejoice over you to do you good, as he rejoiced over your fathers: If you hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and ordinances which are written in the book of this law, if you turn unto the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.
For the commandment which I command you this day, is not separated from you neither far off. It is not in heaven that you need to say: who shall go up for us into heaven, and fetch it us, that we may hear it and do it: Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say: who shall go over sea for us and fetch it us that we may hear it and do it. But the word is very near unto you: even in your mouth and in your heart, that you do it.
Behold I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil: in that I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to walk in his ways and to keep his commandments, his ordinances and his laws: that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land *whither you go to possess it.
But and if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear: but shall go astray and worship strange gods and serve them, I pronounce unto you this day, that you shall surely perish and that you shall not prolong your days upon the land whither you passed over Jordan to go and possess it. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
I call to record this day unto you, heaven and earth, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: but choose life, that you and your seed may live, in that you lovethe Lord your God, hearken unto his voice and cleave unto him. For he is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell upon the earth which the Lord swore unto your fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give them.
The 31st Chapter
And Moses went and spoke these words unto all Israel and said unto them. I am an hundred and twenty years this day, and can no more go out and in. Also the Lord has said unto me, you shall not go over this Jordan. The Lord your God he will go over before you and he will destroy these nations before you, and you shall conquer them. And Josua he shall go over before you, as the Lord has said. And the Lord shall go unto them, as he did to Sehon and Og kings of the Amorites and unto their lands which kings he destroyed. And when the Lord has delivered them to you, see that you do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you. Pluck up your hearts and be strong, dread not nor be afeared of them: for the Lord your God himself will go with you, and will neither let you go nor forsake you.
And Moses called unto Josua and said unto him in the sight of all Israel. Be strong and bold, for you must go with this people unto the land which the Lord has sworn unto their fathers to give them, and you shall give it them to inherit. And the Lord he shall go before you and he shall be with you, and will not let you go nor forsake you, fear not therefore nor be discomforted. And Moses wrote this law and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi which bare the ark of the testament of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel, and commanded them saying. At the end of seven years, in the time of the free year, in the feast of the tabernacles, when all Israel is come to appear before the Lord your God, in the place which he has chosen: see that you read this law before all Israel in their ears. Gather the people together: both men, women and children and the strangers that are in your cities that they may hear, learn and fear the Lord your God, and be diligent to keep all the words of this law, and that their children which know nothing may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land *whither you go over Jordan to possess it. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
And the Lord said unto Moses. Behold your days are come, that you must die. Call Josua and come and stand in the tabernacle of witness, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Josua went and stood in the tabernacle of witness. And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle: even in the pillar of the cloud. And the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle. And the Lord said unto Moses: behold, you must sleep with your fathers, and this people will go a whoring after strange Gods of the land *whither they go and will forsake me and break the appointment which I have made with them. And then my wrath will wax hot against them, and I will forsake them and will hide my face from them, and they shall be consumed. And when much adversity and tribulation is come upon them, then they will say: because our God is not among us, these tribulations are come upon us. But I will hide my face that same time for all the evils sake which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto strange Gods.
Now therefore write you this song, and teach it the children of Israel and put it in their mouths that this song may be my witness unto the children of Israel. For when I have brought them into the land which I swore unto their fathers that runs with milk and honey, then they will eat and fill themselves and wax fat and turn unto strange Gods and serve them and rail on me and break my testament. And then when much mischief and tribulation is come upon them, this song shall answer before them, and be a witness. It shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about even now before I have brought them into the land which I swore. And Moses wrote this song the same season, and taught it the children of Israel. And the Lord gave Josua the son of Nun a charge and said: be bold and strong for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore unto them, and I will be with you.
When Moses had made an end of writing out the words of this law in a book unto the end of them, he commanded the Levites which bare the ark of the testament of the Lord saying: take the book of this law and put it by the side of the ark of the testament of the Lord your God, and let it be there for a witness unto you. For I know your stubbornness and your stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been disobedient unto the Lord: and how much more after my death.
Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears and call heaven and earth to record against them. For I am sure that after my death, they will utterly mar themselves and turn from the way which I commanded you, and tribulation will come upon you in the latter days, when you have wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord to provoke him with the works of your hands. And Moses spoke in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, unto the end of them.
The 32nd Chapter
Hear O' heaven, what I shall speak and hear O' earth the words of my mouth. My doctrine drop as does the rain, and my speech flow as does the dew, as the mizzling upon the herbs, and as the drops upon the grass. For I will call on the name of the Lord: Magnify the might of our God.
He is a rock and perfect are his deeds, for all his ways are with discretion. God is faithful and without wickedness, both righteous and just is he.
The froward and overthwart generation has marred themselves to himward, and are not his sons for their deformities sake. do you so reward the Lord? O' foolish nation and unwise. Is not he your father and your owner? has he not made you and ordained you? Remember the days that are past: consider the years from time to time. Ask your father and he will show you, your elders and they will tell you. When the most highest gave the nations an inheritance, and divided the sons of Adam, he put the borders of the nations, fast by the multitude of the children of Israel.
For the Lords part is his folk, and Israel is the portion of his inheritance.
He found him in a desert land, in a void ground and a roaring wilderness. He led him about and gave him understanding, and kept him as the apple of his eye.
As an eagle that stirs up her nest and flutters over her young, he stretched out his wings and took him up and bare him on his shoulders. The Lord alone was his guide, and there was no strange God with him.
He set him up upon an high land, and he ate the increase of the fields. And he gave him honey to suck out of the rock, and oil out of the hard stone. With butter of the kine and milk of the sheep, with fat of the lambs and fat rams and he goats with fat kidneys and with wheat. And of the blood of grapes you drunkwine.
And Israel waxed fat and kicked. You was fat, thick and smooth. And he let God go that made him and despised the rock that saved him. They angered him with strange Gods and with abominations provoked him. They offered unto field devils and not to God, and to Gods which they knew not and to new Gods that came newly up which their fathers feared not. Of the rock that begat you you are unmindful and have forgot God that made you. And when the Lord saw it, he was angry because of the provoking of his sons and daughters.
And he said: I will hide my face from them and will see what their end shall be. For they are a froward generation and children in whom is no faith. They have angered me with that which is no God, and provoked me with their vanities. And I again will anger them with them which are no people, and will provoke them with a foolish nation. For fire is kindled in my wrath, and shall burn unto the bottom of hell. And shall consume the earth with her increase, and set afire the bottoms of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon you and will spend all mine arrows at them.
Burnt with hunger and consumed with heat and with bitter pestilence. I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them and poison serpents. Without forth, the sword shall rob them of their children: and within in the chamber, fear: both young men and young women and the sucklings with the men of gray heads. I have determined to scatter them throughout the world, and to make away the remembrance of them from among men. Were it not that I feared the railing of their enemies, least their adversaries would be proud and say: our high hand has done all these works and not the Lord.
For it is a nation that has an unhappy forecast, and has no understanding in them: I would they were wise and understood this and would consider their latter end.
How it comes that one shall chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand of them to flight: except their rock had sold them, and because the Lord had delivered them.
For our rock is not as their rock, no though our enemies be judge. But their vines are of the vines of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorra. Their grapes are grapes of gall, and their clusters be bitter.
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel gall of asps. Are not such things laid in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures? Vengeance is mine and I will reward: their feet shall slide, when the time comes. For the time of their destruction is at hand, and the time that shall come upon them makes haste.
For the Lord will do justice unto his people, and have compassion on his servants. For it shall be seen that their power shall fail, and at the last they shall be prisoned and forsaken.
And it shall be said: where are their Gods and their rock wherein they trusted?
The fat of whose sacrifices they ate, and drank the wine of their drinkofferings, let them rise up and help you and be your protection.
See now how that I, I am he, and that there is no God but I. I can kill and make alive, and what I have smitten that I can heal: neither is there that can deliver any man out of my hand.
For I will lift up my hand to heaven, and will say: I live ever.
If I whet the lightning of my sword, and mine hand take in hand to do justice, I will show vengeance on mine enemies and will reward them that hate me.
I will make mine arrows drunken with blood, and my sword shall eat flesh of the blood of the slain and of the captive and of the bare head of the enemy.
Praise you heathen his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will avenge him of his adversaries, and will be merciful unto the land of his people.
And Moses went and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, both he and Josua the son of Nun. And when Moses had spoken all these words unto the end to all Israel, then he said unto them. Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify unto you this day: that you command them unto your children, to observe and do all the words of this law. For it is not a vain word unto you: but it is your life, and through this word you shall prolong your days in the land *whither you go over Jordan to conquer it. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
And the Lord spoke unto Moses the self same day saying: get you up into this mountain Abarim unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab over against Jericho. And behold the land of Canaan which I give unto the children of Israel to possess. And die in the mount which you go upon, and be gathered unto your people: As Aaron your brother died in mount Hor and was gathered unto his people. For you trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of strife, at Cades in the wilderness of Zin: because you sanctified me not among the children of Israel. You shall see the land before you, but shall not go over there unto the land which I give the children of Israel.
The 33rd Chapter
This is the blessing wherewith Moses Gods man blessed the children of Israel before his death saying: The Lord came from Sinai and showed his beams from Seir unto them, and appeared gloriously from mount Pharan, and he came with thousands of saints, and in his right hand a law of fire for them. How loved he the people? All his saints are in his hand. They joined themselves unto your foot and received your words. Moses gave us a law which is the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. And he was in Israel king when he gathered the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel together.
Ruben shall live and shall not die: but his people shall be few in number. This is the blessing of Juda. And he said: hear Lord the voice of Juda and bring him unto his people: let his hands fight for him: but be you his help against his enemies.
And unto Levi he said: your perfectness and your light be after your merciful man whom you tempted at Masa and with whom you strived at the waters of strife. He that says unto his father and mother: I saw him not, and unto his brethren I knew not, and to his son I knew not: for they have observed your words and kept your testament. They shall teach Jacob your judgements and Israel your laws. They shall put cense before your nose and whole sacrifices upon your altar. Bless Lord their power and accept the works of their hands: smite the backs of them that rise against them and of them that hate them: that they rise not again.
Unto BenJamin he said: The Lords darling shall dwell in safety by him and keep himself in the haven by him continually, and shall dwell between his shoulders.
And unto Joseph he said: blessed of the Lord is his land with the goodly fruits of heaven, with dew and with springs that lie beneath: and with fruits of the increase of the *son and with ripe fruit of the months, and with the tops of mountains that were from the beginning and with the dainties of hills that last ever, and with goodly fruit of the earth and of the fullness thereof.*son: this is exactly as it appears;
And the goodwill of him that dwells in the bush shall come upon the head of Joseph and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from among his brethren, his beauty is as a first born ox and his horns as the horns of an unicorn. And with them he shall push the nations together, even unto the ends of the world. These are the many thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasse.
And unto Zabulon he said: Rejoice Zabulon in your going out, and you Isachar in your tents. They shall call the people unto the hill, and there they shall offer offerings of righteousness. For they shall suck of the abundance of the sea and of treasure hid in the sand.
And unto Gad he said: blessed is the *roommaker Gad. He dwells as a lion and caught the arm and also the top of the head. He saw his beginning, that a part of the teacher was hid there and come with the heads of the people, and executed the righteousness of the Lord and his judgements with Israel. *roommaker: as to make room in our hearts for the power of our fatheršs spirit. Even to pray Lord make room for us Lord our tents are pressed heavily against by the powers of spiritual wickedness that surrounds us. Even as it is recorded: Let your righteousness and judgement make room for us that we might live in your love and peace. RN
And unto Dan he said: Dan is a lions whelp, he shall flow from Basan.
And unto Naphthali, he said: Naphthali he shall have abundance of pleasure and shall be filled with the blessing of the Lord and shall have his possessions in the southwest.
And of Asser he said: Asser shall be blessed with children: he shall be acceptable unto his brethren and shall dip his foot in oil: Iron and brass shall hang on your shoes and your age shall be as your youth.
There is none like unto the God of Israel: he that sits upon heaven shall be your help, whose glory is in the clouds, that is the dwelling place of God from the beginning and from under the arms of the world: he has cast out your enemies before you and said: destroy. And Israel shall dwell in safety alone. And the eyes of Jacob shall look upon a land of corn and wine, moreover his heaven shall drop with dew. Happy are you Israel, who is like unto you? A people that are saved by the Lord your shield and helper and sword of your glory. And your enemies shall hide themselves from you, and you shall walk upon their high hills.
The 34th Chapter
And Moses went from the fields of Moab up into mount Nebo which is the top of Phasgah, that is over against Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Galaad even unto Dan, and all Naphthali and the land of Ephraim and Manasse, and all the land of Juda: even unto the utmost sea, and the south and the region of the plain of Jericho the city of palm trees even unto Zoar. And the Lord said unto him. This is the land which I swore unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob saying: I will give it unto your seed. I have showed it you before your eyes: but you shall not go over over there.
So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab at the commandment of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab beside Beth Pheor: but no man knew of his sepulcher unto this day. And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died, and yet his eyes were not dim nor his cheeks abated. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the fields of Moab thirty days. And the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
And Josua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom: for Moses had put his hand upon him. And all the children of Israel hearkened unto him and did as the Lord commanded Moses. But there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the miracles and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, unto Pharao and all his servants and unto all his land: and in all the mighty deeds and great terrible things which Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
The end of the fifth book of Moses
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