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The Wilderness

(Category 5 of 16)

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CHAPTER 30 References

1 aLev. 26:40
bDeut. 28:2
dDeut. 4:29, 30
1Lit. cause
them to
return to your
2 aDeut. 4:29,
30; Neh. 1:9;
Is. 55:7; Lam.
3:40; Joel 2:12
3 aPs. 106:45;
Jer. 29:14;
Lam. 3:22, 32
bPs. 147:2; Jer.
32:37; Ezek.
4 aDeut. 28:64;
Neh. 1:9; Is.
6 aDeut. 10:16;
Jer. 32:39;
Ezek. 11:19
7 aIs. 54:15–17;
Jer. 30:16, 20
8 aZeph. 3:20
9 aDeut. 28:11
bDeut. 28:63;
Jer. 32:41 1offspring
11 aIs. 45:19
1not hidden

The Blessing of Returning to God


1 “Now ait shall come to pass, when ball these things come upon you, the blessing and the ccurse which I have set before you, and dyou 1call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God drives you,
2 “and you areturn to the LORD your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul,
3 a“that the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and bgather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you.
4 a“If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.
5 “Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
6 “And athe LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
7 “Also the LORD your God will put all these acurses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.
8 “And you will aagain obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments which I command you today.
9 a“The LORD your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the 1fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the LORD will again brejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers,
10 “if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The Choice of Life or Death

11 “For this commandment which I command you today ais 1not too

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mysterious for you, nor is it far off.
12 a“It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
13 “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
14 “But the word is very near you, ain your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 “See, aI have set before you today life and good, death and evil,
16 “in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
17 “But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,
18 a“I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.
19 a“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that bI have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
20 “that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your alife and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

Joshua the New Leader of Israel


1 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel.
2 And he said to them: “I aam one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer bgo out and come in. Also the LORD has said to me, c‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’
3 “The LORD your God aHimself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. bJoshua himself crosses over before you, just cas the LORD has said.
4 a“And the LORD will do to them bas He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them.
5 a“The LORD will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you.
6 a“Be strong and of good courage, bdo not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, cHe is the One who goes with you. dHe will not leave you nor forsake you.”

12 aProv. 30:4;
Rom. 10:6–8
14 aRom. 10:8
15 aDeut. 30:1,
18 aDeut. 4:26;
19 aDeut. 4:26
bDeut. 30:15
20 aPs. 27:1;
[John 11:25;
14:6; Col. 3:4] CHAPTER 31
2 aEx. 7:7;
Deut. 34:7
bNum. 27:17;
1 Kin. 3:7
cNum. 20:12
3 aDeut. 9:3;
Josh. 11:23
bNum. 27:18
cNum. 27:21
4 aDeut. 3:21
bNum. 21:24,
5 aDeut. 7:2;
6 aJosh. 10:25;
1 Chr. 22:13
bDeut. 1:29
cDeut. 20:4
dJosh. 1:5;
Heb. 13:5
7 aNum. 27:19;
Deut. 31:23;
Josh. 1:6
8 aEx. 13:21
bDeut. 31:6;
Josh. 1:5;
1 Chr. 28:20;
Heb. 13:5
9 aDeut. 17:18;
31:25, 26
bNum. 4:5, 6,
15; Deut. 10:8;
31:25, 26;
Josh. 3:3
10 aDeut. 15:1,
2 bLev. 23:34;
Deut. 16:13
11 aDeut. 16:16
bDeut. 12:5
cJosh. 8:34;
2 Kin. 23:2
12 aDeut. 4:10
13 aDeut. 11:2
bPs. 78:6, 7
14 aNum. 27:13
bNum. 27:19;
Deut. 3:28
15 aEx. 33:9
16 aDeut. 29:22
bEx. 34:15;
Deut. 4:25–28;
Judg. 2:11, 12,
17 cDeut.
32:15 dJudg.
2:20 1Die and
join your
17 aJudg. 2:14;
6:13 b2 Chr.
15:2 cDeut.
32:20 dJudg.
6:13 eNum.
14:42 1consumed

7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, a“Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.
8 “And the LORD, aHe is the One who goes before you. bHe will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

The Law to Be Read Every Seven Years

9 So Moses wrote this law aand delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi, bwho bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.
10 And Moses commanded them, saying: “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the ayear of release, bat the Feast of Tabernacles,
11 “when all Israel comes to aappear before the LORD your God in the bplace which He chooses, cyou shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
12 a“Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law,
13 “and that their children, awho have not known it, bmay hear and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.”

Prediction of Israel’s Rebellion

14 Then the LORD said to Moses, a“Behold, the days approach when you must die; call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of meeting, that bI may 1inaugurate him.” So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tabernacle of meeting.
15 Now athe LORD appeared at the tabernacle in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood above the door of the tabernacle.
16 And the LORD said to Moses: “Behold, you will 1rest with your fathers; and this people will arise and bplay the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will cforsake Me and dbreak My covenant which I have made with them.
17 “Then My anger shall be aaroused against them in that day, and bI will forsake them, and I will chide My face from them, and they shall be 1devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, d‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is enot among us?’

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18 “And aI will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods.
19 “Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be aa witness for Me against the children of Israel.
20 “When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and filled themselves aand grown fat, bthen they will turn to other gods and serve them; and they will provoke Me and break My covenant.
21 “Then it shall be, awhen many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify against them as a witness; for it will not be forgotten in the mouths of their descendants, for bI know the inclination cof their behavior today, even before I have brought them to the land of which I swore to give them.”
22 Therefore Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel.
23 aThen He inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, b“Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you.”
24 So it was,when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished,
25 that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying:
26 “Take this Book of the Law, aand put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there bas a witness against you;
27 a“for I know your rebellion and your bstiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the LORD, then how much more after my death?
28 “Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing aand call heaven and earth to witness against them.
29 “For I know that after my death you will abecome utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And bevil will befall you cin the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.”

The Song of Moses

30 Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song until they were ended:

18 aDeut.
31:17; [Is.
1:15, 16] 19 aDeut.
31:22, 26
20 aDeut.
bDeut. 31:16
21 aDeut. 31:17
bHos. 5:3
cAmos 5:25,
23 aNum.
27:23; Deut.
31:14 bDeut.
26 a2 Kin. 22:8
bDeut. 31:19
27 aDeut. 9:7,
24 bEx. 32:9;
Deut. 9:6, 13
28 aDeut. 30:19
29 aDeut. 32:5;
Judg. 2:19;
[Acts 20:29,
30] bDeut.
28:15 cGen.
49:1; Deut.

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Joy in the Fellowship of God

A Psalm of David awhen he was in the wilderness of Judah.

1 O GOD,You are my God; Early will I seek You; aMy soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see aYour power and Your glory.

3 aBecause Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will alift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with 1marrow and 2fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

PSALM 63 References

title a1 Sam.
1 aPs. 42:2;
[Matt. 5:6] 2 aPs. 27:4
3 aPs. 138:2
4 aPs. 28:2;
5 1Lit. fat
6 aPs. 42:8
10 1Lit. pour
him out by
the hand of
the sword
11 aDeut. 6:13;
[Is. 45:23;

6 When aI remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

9 But those who seek my life, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall 1fall by the sword; They shall be 2a portion for jackals.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God; aEveryone who swears by Him shall glory; But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.




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