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Date: 150-75 B.C.
Location: Qumran Cave 4
Contents: Deuteronomy 29:25-26, 28 (Hebrew 29:24-25, 27); 30:3-14; 31:9-12, 14-17, 24-30; 32:1-3
25 Then men will say,
“Because they abandoned the covenant of Yahweh, the God of their
28 Yahweh rooted them out of their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and thrust them into another land, as it is today.”
then Yahweh your God will release you from captivity, have compassion on you,
and will return and gather you from all the peoples where Yahweh your
God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of
the heavens, from there Yahweh your God will gather you, and from there he will bring you back. 5 Yahweh
your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and
you will possess it. He will do you good, and increase your numbers more than
your fathers. 6 Yahweh your God will circumcise your heart, and the
heart of your offspring, to love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, that you may live. 7 Yahweh your God will put all these curses on
your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. 8 You shall
return and obey Yahweh’s voice, and do all his commandments which I command
you today. 9 Yahweh your God will make you plenteous in all the work of
your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your
11 For this commandment which I command you today is not too hard for you or too distant from you. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, and proclaim it to us, that we may do it?” 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and proclaim it to us, that we may do it?” 14 But the word is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart and in your hand, that you may do it.
9 Moses wrote this law, and delivered it to the priests the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of Yahweh’s covenant, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of tents, 11 when all Israel has come to appear before Yahweh your God in the place which he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and the foreigners who are within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear Yahweh your God, and observe to do all the words of this law;
14 Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, your days approach that you must die. Call Joshua, and present yourselves in the Tent of Meeting, that I may commission him.”
Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the Tent of Meeting.
15 Yahweh appeared in the Tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood over the Tent’s door. 16 Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers. This people will rise up, and play the prostitute after the strange gods of the land, where 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 troubles shall come on them; so that they will say in that day, ‘Haven’t these evils come on us because our God is not among us?’
24 When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25 Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of Yahweh’s covenant, saying, 26 “Take this book of the law, and put it by the side of the ark of Yahweh your God’s covenant, that it may be there for a witness against you. 27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck. Behold, while I am yet alive with you today, you have been rebellious against Yahweh. How much more after my death? 28 Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes, and your judges, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn away from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will happen to you in the latter days; because you will do that which is evil in Yahweh’s sight, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.”
30 Moses spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were finished.
1 Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak.
Let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 My doctrine will drop as the rain.
My speech will condense as the dew,
as the misty rain on the tender grass,
as the showers on the herb.
3 For I will proclaim Yahweh’s name.
Ascribe greatness to our God!
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