Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12: The Death of Moses
The first Torah reading for Simchat Torah
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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