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DEUTERONOMY

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,

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