Deuteronomy 32:1
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New International Version
Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.

New Living Translation
"Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O earth, the words that I say!

English Standard Version
“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

New American Standard Bible
"Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

King James Bible
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pay attention, heavens, and I will speak; listen, earth, to the words of my mouth.

International Standard Version
Hear, heavens, and I will speak! Listen, earth, to the words of my mouth!

NET Bible
Listen, O heavens, and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

New Heart English Bible
Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak. Let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen, heaven, and I will speak. Earth, hear the words from my mouth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

New American Standard 1977
“Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak;
            And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

American King James Version
Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

American Standard Version
Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O ye heavens, the things I speak, let the earth give ear to the words of my mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth!

English Revised Version
Give ear, ye heavens, and I will speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth:

Webster's Bible Translation
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

World English Bible
Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak. Let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
'Give ear, O heavens, and I speak; And thou dost hear, O earth, sayings of my mouth!
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
1"Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2"Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:26
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed.

Deuteronomy 31:28
"Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them.

Deuteronomy 31:30
Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were complete:

Psalm 50:4
He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people:

Isaiah 1:2
Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me.

Isaiah 34:1
Draw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples! Let the earth and all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it.

Jeremiah 6:19
"Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have rejected it also.
Treasury of Scripture

Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deuteronomy 4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day…

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have …

Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that …

Psalm 49:1 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world:

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, …

Jeremiah 2:12 Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be …

Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil on this people, even the …

Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

XXXII.

(1) Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.--Comp. the opening of Isaiah 1:2, which is almost identical, excepting that the two words for "hearing" are transposed.

Verse 1. - Heaven and earth are summoned to hearken to his words, both because of their importance, and because heaven and earth were interested, so to speak, as witnesses of the manifestation of God's righteousness and faithfulness about to be celebrated (cf. Deuteronomy 4:26; Deuteronomy 30:19; Deuteronomy 31:28, 29; Isaiah 1:2; Jeremiah 2:12; Jeremiah 22:29). Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth,

the words of my mouth. This song is prefaced and introduced in a very grand and pompous manner, calling on the heavens and earth to give attention; by which they themselves may be meant, by a "prosopopaeia", a figure frequently used in Scripture, when things of great moment and importance are spoken of; and these are called upon to hearken, either to rebuke the stupidity and inattention of men, or to show that these would shed or withhold their influences, their good things, according to the obedience or disobedience of Israel; or because these are durable and lasting, and so would ever be witnesses for God and against his people: Gaon, as Aben Ezra observes, by the heavens understands the angels, and by the earth the men of the earth, the inhabitants of both worlds, which is not amiss: and by these words of Moses are meant the words of the song, referred to in Deuteronomy 31:29; here called his words, not because they were of him, but because they were put into his mouth, and about to be expressed by him, not in his own name, but in the name of the Lord; and not as the words of the law, which came by him, but as the words and doctrines of the Gospel concerning Christ, of whom Moses here writes; whose character he gives, and whose person and office he vindicates against the Jews, whom he accuses and brings a charge of ingratitude against for rejecting him, to which our Lord seems to refer, John 5:45; the prophecies of their rejection, the calling of the Gentiles, the destruction of the Jews by the Romans, and the miseries they should undergo, and yet should not be wholly extirpated out of the world, but continue a people, who in the latter days would be converted, return to their own land, and their enemies be destroyed; which are some of the principal things in this song, and which make it worthy of attention and observation. CHAPTER 32

De 32:1-43. Moses' Song, Which Sets Forth the Perfections of God.

1. Give ear, O ye heavens; … hear, O earth—The magnificence of the exordium, the grandeur of the theme, the frequent and sudden transitions, the elevated strain of the sentiments and language, entitle this song to be ranked amongst the noblest specimens of poetry to be found in the Scriptures.32:1,2 Moses begins with a solemn appeal to heaven and earth, concerning the truth and importance of what he was about to say. His doctrine is the gospel, the speech of God, the doctrine of Christ; the doctrine of grace and mercy through him, and of life and salvation by him.
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