31:24 When Moses finished writing on a scroll the words of this law in their entirety, 31:25 he 1 commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the Lord’s covenant, 31:26 “Take this scroll of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God. It will remain there as a witness against you, 31:27 for I know about your rebellion and stubbornness. 2 Indeed, even while I have been living among you to this very day, you have rebelled against the Lord; you will be even more rebellious after my death! 3 31:28 Gather to me all your tribal elders and officials so I can speak to them directly about these things and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them. 31:29 For I know that after I die you will totally 4 corrupt yourselves and turn away from the path I have commanded you to walk. Disaster will confront you in the days to come because you will act wickedly 5 before the Lord, inciting him to anger because of your actions.” 6 31:30 Then Moses recited the words of this song from start to finish in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel.
1 tn Heb “Moses.” The pronoun has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons to avoid redundancy.
3 tn Heb “How much more after my death?” The Hebrew text has a sarcastic rhetorical question here; the translation seeks to bring out the force of the question.
4 tn The Hebrew text uses the infinitive absolute for emphasis, which the translation indicates with “totally.”
5 tn Heb “do the evil.”
6 tn Heb “the work of your hands.”