There is more glorification of war and genocide. Moses brags of the Israelites killing all the men, women, and children of 60 cities, and keeping the livestock and plunder for themselves. He then encourages even more bloodshed: ‘You have seen for yourself everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. He will do the same to all the kingdoms on the west side of the Jordan. Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.” (v 21-22 NLT). How many nations have believed, during wartime, that god was on their side???
We begin with the conclusion of Moses’ long speech which can be summarized in a few words – follow the rules as previously discussed, and don’t dare try to change them. If you break them, “you will quickly disappear from the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will live there only a short time; then you will be utterly destroyed. For the Lord will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive.” (v 26-27 NLT) But isn’t that pretty much what happened anyway?
The end of chapter 4 (starting with verse 44) is the beginning of Moses’ second speech, which will be about rules. These chapters sure are disorganized. Wouldn’t the start of a new speech be a better place to begin a new chapter? Who edited this book, anyway?