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4Q44 Deuteronomyq

Language: Hebrew

Date: 50-1 B.C.

Location: Qumran Cave 4

Contents: Deuteronomy 32:9-10, 37-43

Comments: This scroll appears to be a Vorlage – the Hebrew source of the LXX, since the differences from the traditional text agree with the LXX.


Deuteronomy 32

9 For Yahweh’s portion is his people.

Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land,

in the waste howling wilderness.

He surrounded him.

He cared for him.

He kept him as the apple of his eye.


37 He Yahweh will say, “Where are their gods,

the rock in which they took refuge;

38 which ate the fat of their sacrifices,

and drank the wine of their drink offering?

Let them rise up and help you!

Let them be your protection.

39 “See now that I myself am he.

There is no god with me.

I kill and I make alive.

I wound and I heal.

There is no one who can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven and declare,

as I live forever,

41 if I sharpen my glittering sword,

my hand grasps it in judgment;

I will take vengeance on my adversaries,

and will repay those who hate me.

42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood.

My sword shall devour flesh with the blood of the slain and the captives,

And from the head of the leaders of the enemy.”

43 Rejoice, you nations heavens, with his people,

and bow down to him, all gods,

for he will avenge the blood of his servants sons.

He will take vengeance on his adversaries,

And avenge those who hate him,

and will make atonement for his land and for his people.


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