This is my first batch of lye soap! Sorry the room is so dark and the blinds were open as much as possible. I have 9.5 square bars here. The half bar I will probably use for samples. I didn’t like that it puddled in the middle but if it is still there after 6 months of curing then I will shave it off with a blade. Working with lye is every bit of dangerous as they say. I worked under a hood but the fumes still got to me and I was coughing. I even had on a nose-mouth guard. Next time, I will mix it outside. I need to get more supplies before I can make the next batch. My mom said her great aunt use to make it outside from wood ash. Her aunt lived on a farm. I bet she had all kinds of tips but she is not living anymore. Oh yeah, the soap is olive oil soap.
The Book of Joshua is like an epilogue to the Torah. An epilogue is a closing section added to a novel or play providing further comment on what happened at the end or gives a conclusion to what has happened. Hoshea son of Nun, the assistant of Moshe was renamed Yahoshua Ben Nun in Numbers 13:8 and Numbers 13:16. The Hebrew word ‘Ben’ means son of and ‘Bhat’ means daughter of. In English, this book is called Joshua. General Yahoshua Ben Nun was the first to bring the Children of Ysrayl into the land of Canaan and the Messiyah General Yahoshua Ben Yah will also bring the Children of Ysrayl into the promised land in the future. The name Yahoshua means Yah’s salvation or salvation from Yah or Yah saves, For He shall save His people, Mattithyah 1:21.
The Book of Yahoshua has two parts. In chapters 1-12, Yah helps Ysrayl capture many of the cities and towns of Canaan. Sometimes this help involved miracles. For example, in the battle of Yericho, Yah made the city walls collapse with the blow of the trumpets and their shouts (6:20). Later, in the battle of Gibeon, Yah made huge hailstones fall from the sky and crush the enemy soldiers. Then He made the sun stand still so the Israylites had a longer period of daylight to catch and kill as many of the enemy soldiers as possible before night came (10:1-15). The Books of Yahoshua 10:13 and 2 Shemuyah (Samuel) 1:18 both mention the Book of Jasher (Yasher). The Book of Yasher records the event of the sun and moon standing still in chapter 89:8.
But Yah refused to help Ysrayl if the people broke their agreement to worship only Him and to obey His commands. For example, in the battle of Ai, Ysrayl was defeated because one person broke Ysrayl’s agreement with Yah (7:1-12).
The second part of the book, chapters 13-24 describes how each tribe received its land. Ysrayl had captured territory east of the Yordan River. This land had already been promised to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half Manasseh but they had to help the other tribes take over the rest of Canaan. The tribes of Yahudah, Ephraim and West Manasseh took over their sections of the land fairly quickly. Then the rest of the land was explored and divided into sections and Yah showed Yahoshua which sections to assign to each of the remaining tribes. But since the Levites were the special servants of Yah, they did not receive a large area of land like the other tribes. Instead, they were given towns scattered throughout the whole territory.
At the end of the book, Yahoshua made two speeches emphasizing how good Yah had been to the Israylites. Then Yahoshua gave them a challenge: Whom do you serve? Yah or the gods? Worship Yah, obey Him and always be faithful…but as for me and my house, we will serve Yah! (24:14-15).
Yahoshua Chapter 1: Yah’s Commission to Yahoshua
1 After the death of Moshe the servant of Yah, it came to pass that Yah spoke to Yahoshua Ben Nun, Moshe’s assistant saying: 2 “Moshe My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Yordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Ysrayl. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon, I have given you, as I said to Moshe. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life, as I was with Moshe, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moshe My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall mediate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid nor be dismayed, for Yah your Almighty is with you wherever you go”.
The Order to Cross the Yordan: The Eastern Tribes Promise to Help
10 Then Yahoshua commanded the officers of the people saying: 11 “Pass through the camp and command the people saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Yordan, to go in to possess the land which Yah your Almighty is giving you to possess’.” 12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh Yahoshua spoke saying: 13 “Remember the word which Moshe the servant of Yah commanded you saying, ‘Yah your Almighty is giving you rest and is giving you this land’. 14 Your wives, your little ones and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moshe gave you on this side of the Yordan. But you shall pass before your brothers armed, all your mighty men of valor and help them. 15 Until Yah has given your brothers rest, as He gave you and they also have taken possession of the land which Yah your Almighty is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and enjoy it, which Moshe Yah’s servant gave you on this side of the Yordan toward the sunrise. 16 So they answered Yahoshua saying, ‘All that you command us we will do and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we heeded Moshe in all things, so we will heed you. Only Yah your Almighty be with you, as He was with Moshe. 18 Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage”.
Yahoshua Chapter 2: Rahab Hides the Israylite Spies
1 Now Yahoshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove (Hebrew Shittim) to spy secretly saying: “Go, view the land, especially Yericho”. So they went and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Yericho saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Ysrayl to search out the country”. 3 So the king of Yericho sent to Rahab saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country”. 4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me but I did not know where they were from”. 5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark that the men went out. “Where the men went I do not know, pursue them quickly for you may overtake them”. 6 But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof. 7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Yordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof. 9 And said to the men: “I know that Yah has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how Yah dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Yordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted. Neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for Yah your Power, He is Almighty in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by Yah since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house and give me a true token–13 And spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters and all that they have and deliver our lives from death”. 14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when Yah has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you”.
15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall. She dwelt on the wall. 16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward, yo may go your way”. 17 So the men said to her, “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear–18 Unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers and all your father’s household to your own home. 19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear”. 21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it”. And she sent them away and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
22 They departed and went to the mountains and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way but did not find them. 23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain and crossed over and they came to Yahoshua Ben Nun and told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Yahoshua, “Truly Yah has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us”.
Chapter 33: Moshe Blesses the Tribes of Ysrayl For the Final Time
1 Now this is the blessing with which Moshe the man of Yah blessed the children of Ysrayl before his death. 2 And he said: “Yah came from Sinai and dawned on them from Seir. He shone forth from Mount Paran and He came with ten thousands of saints. From His right hand came a fiery law for them. 3 Yes, He loves the people. All His saints are in Your hand (Compare to Isaiah 49:16). They sit down at Your feet. Everyone receives Your words. 4 Moshe commanded a law for us, a heritage of the congregation of Yahqob. 5 And He was King of Yeshurun when the leaders of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Ysrayl together. 6 Let Reuben live and not die nor let his men be few. 7 And he said to Yahudah: Hear Yah, the voice of Yahudah and bring him to his people. Let his hands be sufficient for him and may You be a help against his enemies. 8 And of Levi he said: Let your Thummim and Your Urim be with Your qodesh one whom You tested at Massah and with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah. 9 Who says of his father and mother, ‘I have not seen them’. Nor did he acknowledge his brothers or know his own children. For they have observed Your word and kept Your covenant. 10 They shall teach Yahqob your judgments and Ysrayl Your law. They shall put incense before You and a whole burnt sacrifice on Your altar. 11 Bless his substance Yah and accept the work of his hands. Strike the loins of those who rise against him and of those who hate him, that they rise not again. 12 Of Benyamin he said: The beloved of Yah shall dwell in safety by Him who shelters him all the day long. And he shall dwell between His shoulders. 13 And of Yoseph he said: Blessed of the Most High is his land with the precious things of heaven, with the dew and the deep lying beneath”.
14 “With the precious fruits of the sun, with the precious produce of the months–15 With the best things of the ancient mountains, with the precious things of the everlasting hills –16 With the precious things of the earth and its fullness and the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come on the head of Yoseph and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers (Genesis 49:26). 17 His esteem is like a firstborn bull and his horns like the horns of the wild ox. Together with them He shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim and they are the thousands of Manasseh. 18 And of Zebulon he said: Rejoice, Zebulon in your going out and Issachar in your tents! 19 They shall call the peoples to the mountain. There they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness. For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand”.
20 And of Gad he said: “Blessed is he who enlarges Gad. He dwells as a lion and tears the arm and the crown of his head. 21 He provided the first part for himself because a lawgiver’s portion was reserved there. He came with the heads of the people. He administered the justice of Yah and His judgment with Ysrayl. 22 And of Dan said: Dan is a lion’s welp. He shall leap from Bashan. 23 And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali satisfied with favor and full of the blessing of Yah, possess the west and the south. 24 And of Asher he said: Asher is most blessed of sons. Let him be favored by his brothers and let him dip his foot in oil. 25 Your sandals shall be iron and bronze as your days, so shall your strength be”.
26 “There is no one like the Master of Yeshurun who rides the heavens to help you and in His excellency on the clouds. 27 The eternal Yah is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will thrust out the enemy from before you and will say, ‘Destroy’! 28 Then Ysrayl shall dwell in safety. The fountain of Yahqob alone, in a land of grain and new wine. His heavens shall also drop dew. 29 Happy are you, O Ysrayl! Who is like you, a people saved by Yah, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you and you shall tread down their high places”.
Moshe Dies on Mount Nebo
1 Then Moshe went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah which is across from Yericho. And Yah showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan–2 All Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Yahudah as far as the Western Sea (That is, the Mediterranean)–3 The south and the plain of the Valley of Yericho, the city of palm trees as far as Zoar. 4 Then Yah said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Yitzshaq and Yahqob saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’. I have caused you to see it with your eyes but you shall not cross over there”.
5 “So Moshe the servant of Yah died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of Yah. 6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor but no one knows his grave to this day (See Jude 1:9). 7 Moshe was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. 8 And the children of Ysrayl wept for Moshe in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moshe ended”.
9 “Now Yahoshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moshe had laid his hands on him (anointed). So the children of Ysrayl heeded him and did as Yah had commanded Moshe. 10 But since then there has not risen in Ysrayl a prophet like Moshe, whom Yah knew face to face. 11 In all the signs and wonders which Yah sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants and in all his land–12 And by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moshe performed in the sight of all Ysrayl”.
*Yeshurun (Jeshurun) or Yesharim is from the Hebrew root word meaning upright or straight. Yeshurun refers to the people of Ysrayl. See Deuteronomy 32:15, Deuteronomy 33:4-5, Deuteronomy 33:26 and Isaiah 44:2.
Chapter 31: Yah will Not Leave nor Forsake the Children of Ysrayl
1 Then Moshe went and spoke these words to all Ysrayl. 2 And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also Yah has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Yordan’. 3 Yah your Almighty Himself crosses over before you. He will destroy these nations from before you and you shall dispossess them. Yahoshua himself crosses over before you, just as Yah has said. 4 And Yah will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them. 5 Yah will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them, for Yah your Almighty, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you”.
Yahoshua Ben Nun Is Chosen the New Leader of Ysrayl
7 Then Moshe called Yahoshua and said to him in the sight of all Ysrayl, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which Yah has sworn to their fathers to give them and you shall cause them to inherit it. 8 And Yah, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you. Do not fear nor be dismayed”.
The Law to Be Read Every Seven Years
9 So Moshe wrote this law and delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of the covenant of Yah and to all the elders of Ysrayl. 10 And Moshe commanded them saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles–11 When all Ysrayl comes to appear before Yah your Father in the place which He chooses, you shall read this law before all Ysrayl in their hearing. 12 Gather the people together, men and women and little ones and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear Yah your Almighty and carefully observe all the words of this law. 13 And that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear Yah your Almighty as long as you live in the land which you cross the Yordan to possess”.
Yahoshua Ben Nun Called to the Tabernacle to Stand Before Yah
14 Then Yah said to Moshe, “Behold, the days approach when you must die, call Yahoshua and present yourselves in the tabernacle of meeting that I may command him”. So Moshe and Yahoshua went and presented themselves in the tabernacle of meeting. 15 Now Yah appeared at the tabernacle in a pillar of cloud and the pillar of cloud stood above the door of the tabernacle.
Prediction of Ysrayl’s Rebellion Against Yah
16 And Yah said to Moshe: “Behold, you will rest with your fathers and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then My anger shall be aroused against hem in that day and I will forsake them and I will hide My face from them and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our Yah is not among us’? 18 And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they done, in that they have turned to the gods. 19 Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves and teach it to the children of Ysrayl. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Ysrayl. 20 When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers and they have eaten and filled themselves and grown fat, then they will turn to the gods and serve them and they will provoke Me and break My covenant. 21 Then it shall be, when many evils and trouble have come upon them, that this song will testify against hem as a witness. For it will not be forgotten in the mouths of their descendants, for I know the inclination of their behavior today, even before I have brought them to the land of which I swore to give them”.
Moshe Writes the Song
22 Therefore Moshe wrote this song the same day and taught it to the children of Ysrayl. 23 Then he inaugurated Yahoshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and of good courage for you shall bring the children of Ysrayl into the land of which I swore to them and I will be with you”. 24 So it was when Moshe had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished–25 That Moshe commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of Yah saying: 26 Take this Book of the Law and put it beside the ark of the covenant of Yah your Almighty, that it may be there as a witness against you. 27 For I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against Yah, then how much more after my death? 28 Gather to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of Yah to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands”. 30 Then Moshe spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Ysrayl the words of this song until they were ended:
Chapter 32: The Song of Moshe: Prophesy: Heaven and Earth Will Be Witnesses Against Ysrayl
1 “Give ear, O heavens and I will speak. And hear, O earth the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, as the raindrops on the tender herb and as showers on the grass. 3 For I proclaim the name of Yah: Ascribe the greatness of our Yah. 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect. For all His ways are justice, a Power of truth and without injustice, righteous and upright is He. 5 They have corrupted themselves. They are not His children because of their blemish. A perverse and crooked generation. 6 Do you thus deal with Yah, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you? 7 Remember the days old. Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father and he will show you. Your elders and they will tell you. 8 When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations. When He separated the sons of Adam, He set boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Ysrayl. 9 For Yah’s portion is His people; Yahqob is the place of His inheritance. 10 He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness. He encircled him, He instructed him. He kept him as the apple of His eye. 11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings taking them up, carrying them on its wings–12 So Yah alone led him and there was no foreign god with him. 13 He made him ride in the heights of the earth that he might eat the produce of the fields. He made him draw honey from the rock and oil from the flinty rock. 14 Curds from the cattle and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs and rams of the breed Bashan and goats, with the choicest wheat and you drank wine, the blood of the grapes”.
Ysrayl Predicted to Sacrifice to Demons, Serve the Gods and Be Unmindful to Yah
15 “But Yeshurun grew fat and kicked. You grew fat, you grew thick. You are obese! Then he forsook Yah who made him and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation. 16 They provoked Him to jealousy with the foreigner’s gods, with abominations they provoked Him to anger. 17 They sacrificed to demons, not to Yah. To gods they did not know, to new gods, new arrivals that your fathers did not fear. 18 Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful and have forgotten the Most High who fathered you”.
Yah Will Provoke Ysrayl to Jealousy as Ysrayl Provoked Yah to Jealousy
19 “And when Yah saw it, He spurned them because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters. 20 And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them. I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faith. 21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not Yah. They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation. I will move them to anger by a foolish nation. 22 For a fire is kindled in My anger and shall burn to the lowest hell. It shall consume the earth with her increase and set on fire the foundations of the mountains”.
The Name of Ysrayl Predicted to Cease Among Men
23 I will heap disasters on them. I will spend My arrows on them. 24 They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction. I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 25 The sword shall destroy outside. There shall be terror within for the young man and virgin, the nursing child, with the man of gray hairs. 26 I would have said, ‘I will dash them in pieces. I will make the memory of them to cease from among men’. 27 Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should misunderstand. Lest they should say, ‘Our hand is high and it is not Yah who has done all this’.”
Yah is the only Rock
28 “For they are a nation void of counsel nor is there any understanding in them. 29 Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! 30 How could one chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight unless their Rock had sold them and Yah had surrendered them? 31 For their rock is not like our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 32 For their vine is the vine of Sodom and of the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are grapes of gall. Their clusters are bitter. 33 Their wine is the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of cobras.”
Yah Will Judge Ysrayl: Yah will Avenge the Blood of His Servants: The Gentiles Will Rejoice With the Children of Ysrayl
34 “Is this not laid up in store with Me, sealed up among My treasures? 35 Vengeance is Mine and recompense. Their foot shall slip in due time. For the day of their calamity is at hand and the things to come hasten upon them. 36 For Yah will judge His people and have compassion on His servants when He sees that their power is gone and there is not one remaining, bond or free. 37 He will say: Where are their gods, the rock in which they sought refuge? 38 Who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise and help you and be your refuge. 39 Now see that I, even I, am He and there is no Power besides Me. I kill and I make alive. I wound and I heal. Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. 40 For I raise My hand to heaven and say, ‘As I live forever’. 41 If I whet My glittering sword and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies and repay those who hate Me. 42 I will make My arrows drunk with blood and My sword shall devour flesh, with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the heads of the leaders of the enemy. 43 Rejoice, O Gentiles with His people (The Dead Sea Scrolls adds ‘and let the gods, angels worship Him’, compare to Hebrews 1:6 Yahoshua Ben Yah). For He will avenge the blood of His servants and render vengeance to His adversaries. He will provide atonement for His land and His people”.
The Word of Yah is Your Life: Teach His Word to Your Children
44 So Moshe came with Yahoshua Ben Nun (Hebrew Hoshea, compare to Numbers 13:8,16) and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. 45 Moshe finished speaking all these words to all Ysrayl–46 And he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe–all the words of this law. 47 For it is not a futile thing for you because it is your life and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Yordan to possess”.
Prophesy: Moshe Will See the Promised Land: Moshe to Die on Mount Nebo
48 Then Yah spoke to Moshe that very same day saying: 49 “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, across from Yericho. View the land of Canaan which I give to the children of Ysrayl as a possession. 50 And die on the mountain which you ascend and be gathered to your people, just a Aharon your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. 51 Because you trespassed against Me among the children of Ysrayl at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin, because you did not esteem Me in the midst of the children of Ysrayl. 52 Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Ysrayl”.
Chapter 29: The Covenant Renewed in Moab
1 These are the words of the covenant which Yah commanded Moshe to make with the children of Ysrayl in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.
The Third Speech of Moshe: Ysrayl Must Keep Its Agreement with Yah: Yah is Your Almighty
2 Now Moshe called all Ysrayl and said to them: “You have seen all that Yah did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land–3 The great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs and those great wonders. 4 Yet Yah has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. 5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. 6 You have not eaten bread nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am Yah your Father. 7 And when you came to this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out against us to battle and we conquered them. 8 We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, to the Gadites and to half the tribe of Manasseh”.
Keep the Agreement
9 “Therefore, keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do. 10 All of you stand today before Yah your Almighty: Your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Ysrayl. 11 Your little ones and your wives–also the stranger who is in your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water–12 That you may enter into covenant with Yah your Almighty and into His oath, which Yah your Almighty makes with you today. 13 That He may establish you today as a people for Himself and that He may be Almighty to you, just as He has spoken to you and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Yitshaq and Yahqob”.
14 “I make this covenant and this oath, not with you alone. 15 But with him who stands here with us today before Yah your Almighty, as well as with him who is not here with us today. 16 For you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we came through the nations which you passed by–17 And you saw their abominations and their idols which were among them–wood and stone and silver and gold. 18 So that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from Yah your Father, to go and serve the gods of these nations and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood. 19 And so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates (or stubbornness) of my heart’ as though the drunkard could be included with the sober”.
20 “Yah would not spare him, for then the anger of Yah and His jealousy would burn against that man and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him and Yah would blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And Yah would separate him from all the tribes of Ysrayl for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law. 22 So that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you and the foreigner who comes from a far land would say when they see the plagues of that land and the sickness which Yah has laid on it. 23 The whole land is brimstone, salt and burning. It is not sown nor does it bear nor does any grass there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Yah overthrew in His anger and His wrath. 24 All nations would say, ‘Why has Yah done so to this land’? What does the heat of this great anger mean’? 25 Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of Master Yah of their fathers which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26 For they went and served the gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them. 27 Then the anger of Yah was aroused against this land to bring on it every curse that is written in this book. 28 And Yah uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath and in great indignation and cast them into another land, as it is this day’. 29 The secret things belong to Yah our Almighty but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law”.
Chapter 30: The Blessing of Returning to Yah
1 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you and you call them to mind among all the nations where Yah your Almighty drives you–2 And you return to Yah your Almighty and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul. 3 That Yah your Almighty will bring you back from captivity and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where Yah your Almighty has scattered you. 4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there Yah your Almighty will gather you and from there He will bring you. 5 Then Yah your Father will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. 6 And Yah your Almighty will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love Yah your Almighty with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. 7 Also Yah your Almighty will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. 8 And you will again obey the voice of Yah and do all His commandments which I command you today. 9 The Most High your Father will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock and in the produce of your land for good. For Yah will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers. 10 If you obey the voice of Yah your Father, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law and if you turn to Yah your Almighty with all your heart and with all your soul”.
The Word of Yah Will Always Be Near the Children of Ysrayl
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it’? 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it’? 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it”.
The Choice of Life or Death
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil–16 In that I command you today to love Yah your Father, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments, His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply and Yah your Almighty will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear and are drawn away and worship the gods and serve them–18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish. You shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Yordan to go in and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore, choose life that both you and your descendants may live. 20 That you may love Yah your Father, that you may obey His voice and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days and that you may dwell in the land which Yah swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Yitshaq and Yahqob, to give them”.