Note: this is a suggestion for the setting of the great song of Deuteronomy 32. At the end of ch31 Moses writes the law in a book and at the end of ch32 Moses commands Israel to obey those words. The song in the midst of this setting will be a witness to Israel throughout their history.
A. 24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, 26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. 27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?
B. 28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them. 29 For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
C. 30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.
D. 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak;
and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth …
C’. 44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
B’. 45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:
A’. 46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
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I have found subsequently that Lundbom has this structure in “Biblical Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism”, HBM, 2015.