1Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak;
And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2My doctrine shall drop as the rain,
My speech shall distil as the dew;
As the small rain upon the tender grass,
And as the showers upon the herb.
3For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4The Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice;
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
Just and right is He.
5Is corruption His? No; His children’s is the blemish;
A generation crooked and perverse.
6Do ye thus requite the Lord,
O foolish people and unwise?
Is not He thy father that hath gotten thee?
Hath He not made thee, and established thee?
7Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of many generations;
Ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee,
Thine elders, and they will tell thee.
8When the Most High gave to the nations
When He separated the children of men,
He set the borders of the peoples
According to the number of the children of Israel.
9For the portion of the Lord is His people,
Jacob the lot of His inheritance.
10He found him in a desert land,
And in the waste, a howling wilderness;
He compassed him about, He cared for him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.
11As an eagle that stirreth up her nest,
Hovereth over her young,
Spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them,
Beareth them on her pinions—
12The Lord alone did lead him,
And there was no strange god with Him.
13He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
And he did eat the fruitage of the field;
And He made him to suck honey out of the crag,
And oil out of the flinty rock;
14Curd of kine, and milk of sheep,
With fat of lambs,
And rams of the breed of Bashan, and he-goats,
With the kidney-fat of wheat;
And of the blood of the grape thou drankest foaming wine.
15But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked—
Thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross—
And he forsook God who made him,
And contemned the Rock of his salvation.
16They roused Him to jealousy with strange gods,
With abominations did they provoke Him.
17They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods,
Gods that they knew not,
New gods that came up of late,
Which your fathers dreaded not.
18Of the Rock that begot thee thou wast unmindful,
And didst forget God that bore thee.
19And the Lord saw, and spurned,
Because of the provoking of His sons and His daughters.
20And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them,
I will see what their end shall be;
For they are a very froward generation,
Children in whom is no faithfulness.
21They have roused Me to jealousy with a no-god;
They have provoked Me with their vanities;
And I will rouse them to jealousy with a no-people;
I will provoke them with a vile nation.
22For a fire is kindled in My nostril,
And burneth unto the depths of the nether-world,
And devoureth the earth with her produce,
And setteth ablaze the foundations of the mountains.
23I will heap evils upon them;
I will spend Mine arrows upon them;
24The wasting of hunger, and the devouring of the fiery bolt,
And bitter destruction;
And the teeth of beasts will I send upon them,
With the venom of crawling things of the dust.
25Without shall the sword bereave,
And in the chambers terror;
Slaying both young man and virgin,
The suckling with the man of gray hairs.
26I thought I would make an end of them,
I would make their memory cease from among men;
27Were it not that I dreaded the enemy’s provocation,
Lest their adversaries should misdeem,
Lest they should say: Our hand is exalted,
And not the Lord hath wrought all this.’
28For they are a nation void of counsel,
And there is no understanding in them.
29If they were wise, they would understand this,
They would discern their latter end.
30How should one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Except their Rock had given them over
And the Lord had delivered them up?
31For their rock is not as our Rock,
Even our enemies themselves being judges.
32For their vine is of the vine of Sodom,
And of the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of gall,
Their clusters are bitter;
33Their wine is the venom of serpents,
And the cruel poison of asps.
34’Is not this laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up in My treasuries?
35Vengeance is Mine, and recompense,
Against the time when their foot shall slip;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things that are to come upon them shall make haste.
36For the Lord will judge His people,
And repent Himself for His servants;
When He seeth that their stay is gone,
And there is none remaining, shut up or left at large.
37And it is said: Where are their gods,
The rock in whom they trusted;
38Who did eat the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink-offering?
Let him rise up and help you,
Let him be your protection.
39See now that I, even I, am He,
And there is no god with Me;
I kill, and I make alive;
I have wounded, and I heal;
And there is none that can deliver out of My hand.
40For I lift up My hand to heaven,
And say: As I live for ever,
41If I whet My glittering sword,
And My hand take hold on judgment;
I will render vengeance to Mine adversaries,
And will recompense them that hate Me.
42I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood,
And My sword shall devour flesh;
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
43Sing aloud, O ye nations, of His people;
For He doth avenge the blood of His servants,
And doth render vengeance to His adversaries,
And doth make expiation for the land of His people.
(JPS 1917, Deut. 32:1–43)