Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12: The Death of Moses

The first Torah reading for Simchat Torah

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By His command: Destroy!

33:28.     Thus Israel dwells in safety,

Untroubled is Jacob's abode,

 In a land of grain and wine,

Under heavens dripping dew.

33:29.     O happy Israel! Who is like you,

A people delivered by the LORD,

Your protecting Shield, your Sword triumphant!

Your enemies shall come cringing before you,

And you shall tread on their backs.

34:1.         Moses went up from the steppes of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the summit of Pisgah, opposite Jericho, and the LORD showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan;

34:2.         all Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; the whole land of Judah as far as the Westerna Sea;

34:3.         the Negeb; and the Plain-the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees-as far as Zoar.

34:4.         And the LORD said to him, "This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 'I will give it to your offspring.' I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross there."

34:5.         So Moses the servant of the LORD died there, in the land of Moab, at the command of the LORD.

34:6.         He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, near Beth-peor; and no one knows his burial place to this day.

34:7.         Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.

34:8.         And the Israelites bewailed Moses in the steppes of Moab for thirty days.

The period of wailing and mourning for Moses came to an end.

34:9.         Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands upon him; and the Israelites heeded him, doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.

34:10.     Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses -- whom the LORD singled out, face to face,

34:11.     for the various signs and portents that the LORD sent him to display in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country,

34:12.     and for all the great might and awesome power that Moses displayed before all Israel.

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