31:19 Now write down for yourselves the following song and teach it to the Israelites. Put it into their very mouths so that this song may serve as my witness against the Israelites!
31:21 Then when 1 many disasters and distresses overcome them 2 this song will testify against them, 3 for their 4 descendants will not forget it. 5 I know the 6 intentions they have in mind 7 today, even before I bring them 8 to the land I have promised.” 31:22 So on that day Moses wrote down this song and taught it to the Israelites,
30:1 “When you have experienced all these things, both the blessings and the curses 9 I have set before you, you will reflect upon them 10 in all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you. 30:2 Then if you and your descendants 11 turn to the Lord your God and obey him with your whole mind and being 12 just as 13 I am commanding you today, 30:3 the Lord your God will reverse your captivity and have pity on you. He will turn and gather you from all the peoples among whom he 14 has scattered you. 30:4 Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, 15 from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 30:5 Then he 16 will bring you to the land your ancestors 17 possessed and you also will possess it; he will do better for you and multiply you more than he did your ancestors. 30:6 The Lord your God will also cleanse 18 your heart and the hearts of your descendants 19 so that you may love him 20 with all your mind and being and so that you may live. 30:7 Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. 30:8 You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all his commandments I am giving 21 you today. 30:9 The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands 22 abundantly successful and multiply your children, 23 the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord your God will once more 24 rejoice over you to make you prosperous 25 just as he rejoiced over your ancestors, 30:10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to him 26 with your whole mind and being.
30:11 “This commandment I am giving 27 you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it too remote. 30:12 It is not in heaven, as though one must say, “Who will go up to heaven to get it for us and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 30:13 And it is not across the sea, as though one must say, “Who will cross over to the other side of the sea and get it for us and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 30:14 For the thing is very near you – it is in your mouth and in your mind 28 so that you can do it.
30:15 “Look! I have set before you today life and prosperity on the one hand, and death and disaster on the other. 30:16 What 29 I am commanding you today is to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to obey his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances. Then you will live and become numerous and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are about to possess. 30 30:17 However, if you 31 turn aside and do not obey, but are lured away to worship and serve other gods, 30:18 I declare to you this very day that you will certainly 32 perish! You will not extend your time in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. 33 30:19 Today I invoke heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set life and death, blessing and curse, before you. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live! 30:20 I also call on you 34 to love the Lord your God, to obey him and be loyal to him, for he gives you life and enables you to live continually 35 in the land the Lord promised to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
1 tn Heb “Then it will come to pass that.”
5 tn Heb “it will not be forgotten from the mouth of his seed.”
7 tn Heb “which he is doing.”
9 tn Heb “the blessing and the curse.”
10 tn Heb “and you bring (them) back to your heart.”
11 tn Heb “sons” (so NASB); KJV, ASV, NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT “children.”
13 tn Heb “according to all.”
14 tn Heb “the
15 tn Heb “are at the farthest edge of the heavens.” The Hebrew term שָׁמַיִם (shamayim) may be translated “heaven(s)” or “sky” depending on the context.
19 tn Heb “seed” (so KJV, ASV).
21 tn Heb “commanding”; NAB “which I now enjoin on you.”
22 tc The MT reads “hand” (singular). Most versions read the plural.
23 tn Heb “the fruit of your womb” (so NAB, NIV); NRSV “of your body.”
24 tn Heb “return and.” The Hebrew verb is used idiomatically here to indicate the repetition of the following action.
25 tn The Hebrew text includes “for good.”
27 tn Heb “commanding”; NAB “which I enjoin on you.”
28 tn Heb “heart.”
29 tc A number of LXX
30 tn Heb “which you are going there to possess it.” This has been simplified in the translation for stylistic reasons.
31 tn Heb “your heart,” as a metonymy for the person.
32 tn The Hebrew text uses the infinitive absolute for emphasis, which the translation indicates with “certainly.”
33 tn Heb “to go there to possess it.”
35 tn Heb “he is your life and the length of your days to live.”