Deuteronomy 31–32: The Song of Moses

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 77

After Moses taught this new generation of Israelites the laws of God and the consequences of obedience and disobedience to those laws, he was ready to leave them. Before he left, however, he encouraged them and their new leader, Joshua, to love and obey God above all other things. At this time the Lord revealed to Moses a song that he was to teach the Israelites (see Deuteronomy 32:1–43). The song would help them remember the Lord and the commandments Moses taught them.

Understanding the Scriptures

Deuteronomy 32

Distil (v. 2)Come down 
Ascribe (v. 3)The act of acknowledging 
Requite (v. 6)Repay 
Bounds (v. 8)Limits 
Jeshurun (v. 15)A name meaning “the upright one,” referring to Israel as a people 
Abhorred (v. 19)Strongly disliked 
Vanities (v. 21)Self-serving, selfish acts 
Mischiefs (v. 23)Troubles, evils 
Void (v. 28)Empty 
Gall (v. 32)Bitter 
Vengeance (vv. 35, 41, 43)Judgment 
Recompence (v. 35)Repayment 
Vain thing (v. 47)Something of little value 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A–C as you study Deuteronomy 31–32.

Activity A iconFind a Song Title

Deuteronomy 32 is called the “song of Moses.” As you read through the chapter, look for phrases that you think could be a good hymn title. List at least four titles.

Activity B iconHow Does Music Help You Stay Righteous?

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    Of all that the Lord could have given the Israelites, why do you think He gave them a song to help them remember Him and to be a testimony to them?

  2. 2.

    Write in your notebook the words of a Church hymn or song that helps you want to keep the commandments and remember the Lord. If you don’t have the words memorized, try to learn them this week so you can sing the song to yourself in time of need.

Activity C iconOptional Activity

  1. 1.

    Notice how many times the word rock is used in the song of Moses. According to 1 Corinthians 10:1–4, what is the Rock?

  2. 2.

    List what this song says about the Rock.