Deuteronomy 30-31 Bible in Basic English

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The Conditions for Restoration and Blessing

30 1  Now when all these things have come on you, the blessing and the curse which I have put before you, if the thought of them comes back to your minds, when you are living among the nations where the Lord your God has sent you, 2  And your hearts are turned again to the Lord your God, and you give ear to his word which I give you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul: 3  Then the Lord will have pity on you, changing your fate, and taking you back again from among all the nations where you have been forced to go. 4  Even if those who have been forced out are living in the farthest part of heaven, the Lord your God will go in search of you, and take you back; 5  Placing you again in the land of your fathers as your heritage; and he will do you good, increasing you till you are more in number than your fathers were. 6  And the Lord your God will give to you and to your seed a circumcision of the heart, so that, loving him with all your heart and all your soul, you may have life. 7  And the Lord your God will put all these curses on those who are against you, and on your haters who put a cruel yoke on you. 8  And you will again give ear to the voice of the Lord, and do all his orders which I have given you today. 9  And the Lord your God will make you fertile in all good things, blessing the work of your hands, and the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your land: for the Lord will have joy in you, as he had in your fathers: 10  If you give ear to the voice of the Lord your God, keeping his orders and his laws which are recorded in this book of the law, and turning to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

11  For these orders which I have given you today are not strange and secret, and are not far away. 12  They are not in heaven, for you to say, Who will go up to heaven for us and give us knowledge of them so that we may do them? 13  And they are not across the sea, for you to say, Who will go over the sea for us and give us news of them so that we may do them? 14  But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may do it.

15  See, I have put before you today, life and good, and death and evil; 16  In giving you orders today to have love for the Lord your God, to go in his ways and keep his laws and his orders and his decisions, so that you may have life and be increased, and that the blessing of the Lord your God may be with you in the land where you are going, the land of your heritage. 17  But if your heart is turned away and your ear is shut, and you go after those who would make you servants and worshippers of other gods: 18  I give witness against you this day that destruction will certainly be your fate, and your days will be cut short in the land where you are going, the land of your heritage on the other side of Jordan. 19  Let heaven and earth be my witnesses against you this day that I have put before you life and death, a blessing and a curse: so take life for yourselves and for your seed: 20  In loving the Lord your God, hearing his voice and being true to him: for he is your life and by him will your days be long: so that you may go on living in the land which the Lord gave by an oath to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Joshua Commissioned as Moses' Successor

31 1  So Moses said all these things to Israel. 2  Then he said to them, I am now a hundred and twenty years old; I am no longer able to go out and come in: and the Lord has said to me, You are not to go over Jordan. 3  The Lord your God, he will go over before you; he will send destruction on all those nations, and you will take their land as your heritage: and Joshua will go over at your head as the Lord has said. 4  The Lord will do to them as he did to Sihon and to Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, whom he put to destruction. 5  The Lord will give them up into your hands, and you are to do to them as I have given you orders. 6  Be strong and take heart, and have no fear of them: for it is the Lord your God who is going with you; he will not take away his help from you. 7  Then Moses sent for Joshua, and before the eyes of all Israel said to him, Be strong and take heart: for you are to go with this people into the land which the Lord, by his oath to their fathers, has given them; by your help they will take it for their heritage. 8  It is the Lord who goes before you; he will be with you, he will not take away his help from you or give you up: so have no fear.

9  Then Moses put all this law in writing, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who take up the ark of the Lord's agreement, and to all the responsible men of Israel. 10  And Moses said to them, At the end of every seven years, at the time fixed for the ending of debts, at the feast of tents, 11  When all Israel has come before the Lord your God in the place named by him, let a reading be given of this law in the hearing of all Israel. 12  Make all the people come together, men and women and children, and anyone from another country who is with you, so that hearing they may become wise in the fear of the Lord your God, and take care to do all the words of this law; 13  And so that your children, to whom it is new, may give ear and be trained in the fear of the Lord your God, while you are living in the land which you are going over Jordan to take for your heritage.

14  At that time the Lord said to Moses, The day of your death is near: send for Joshua, and come to the Tent of meeting so that I may give him his orders. So Moses and Joshua went to the Tent of meeting. 15  And the Lord was seen in the Tent in a pillar of cloud resting by the door of the Tent. 16  And the Lord said to Moses, Now you are going to rest with your fathers; and this people will be false to me, uniting themselves to the strange gods of the land where they are going; they will be turned away from me and will not keep the agreement I have made with them. 17  In that day my wrath will be moved against them, and I will be turned away from them, veiling my face from them, and destruction will overtake them, and unnumbered evils and troubles will come on them; so that in that day they will say, Have not these evils come on us because our God is not with us? 18  Truly, my face will be turned away from them in that day, because of all the evil they have done in going after other gods. 19  Make then this song for yourselves, teaching it to the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, so that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. 20  For when I have taken them into the land named in my oath to their fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey, and they have made themselves full of food and are fat, then they will be turned to other gods and will give them worship, no longer honouring me or keeping my agreement. 21  Then when evils and troubles without number have overtaken them, this song will be a witness to them, for the words of it will be clear in the memories of their children: for I see the thoughts which are moving in their hearts even now, before I have taken them into the land of my oath.

22  So that same day Moses made this song, teaching it to the children of Israel. 23  Then he gave orders to Joshua, the son of Nun, saying to him, Be strong and take heart: for you are to go at the head of the children of Israel into the land which I made an oath to give them; and I will be with you.

The Law to Be Placed in the Ark

24  Now after writing all the words of this law in a book till the record of them was complete, 25  Moses said to the Levites who were responsible for taking up the ark of the Lord's agreement, 26  Take this book of the law and put it by the ark of the Lord's agreement, so that it may be a witness against you. 27  For I have knowledge of your hard and uncontrolled hearts: even now, while I am still living, you will not be ruled by the Lord; how much less after my death? 28  Get together before me all those who are in authority in your tribes, and your overseers, so that I may say these things in their hearing, and make heaven and earth my witnesses against them. 29  For I am certain that after my death you will give yourselves up to sin, wandering from the way which I have given you; and evil will overtake you in the end, because you will do evil in the eyes of the Lord, moving him to wrath by the work of your hands.

The Song of Moses

30  Then in the hearing of all the meeting of Israel, Moses said the words of this song, to the end.

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