The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 31:23–27

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23  And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said: 'Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore unto them; and I will be with thee.'

23  And he charged Joshua, and said, Be courageous and strong, for thou shalt bring the sons of Israel into the land, which the Lord sware to them, and he shall be with thee.

23  And the Lord instructed Joshua, the son of Nun, and he said: “Be strong and valiant. For you shall lead the sons of Israel into the land which I have promised, and I will be with you.”

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24  And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,

24  And when Moses finished writing all the words of this law in a book, even to the end,

24  Therefore, after Moses had written the words of this law in a volume, and had finished it,

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25  that Moses commanded the Levites, that bore the ark of the covenant of YHWH, saying

25  then he charged the Levites who bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying,

25  he instructed the Levites, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying

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26  'Take this book of the law, and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of YHWH your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

26  “Take this book, and place it inside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, so that it may be there as a testimony against you.

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27  For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck; behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against YHWH; and how much more after my death?

27  For I know thy provocation, and thy stiff neck; for yet during my life with you at this day, ye have been provoking in your conduct toward God: how shall ye not also be so after my death?

27  For I know your contentiousness and your very stiff neck. Even while I am still living and entering with you, you have always acted with contention against the Lord. How much more so when I will be dead?