Deuteronomy 11

Love and Serve the  Lord

1 a  “You shall therefore love the  Lord your God and b  keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. 2And consider today (since I am not speaking to c  your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline
Or instruction
of the  Lord your God, e  his greatness, f  his mighty hand and his outstretched arm,
3 g  his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land, 4and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, h  how he made the water of the Red Sea flow over them as they pursued after you, and how the  Lord has destroyed them to this day, 5and i  what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place, 6and j  what he did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, son of Reuben, how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households, their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel. 7For your eyes have seen k  all the great work of the  Lord that he did.

8“You shall therefore keep the whole commandment that I command you today, that you may l  be strong, and go in and take possession of the land that you are going over to possess, 9and m  that you may live long in the land n  that the  Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their offspring, o  a land flowing with milk and honey. 10For the land that you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated it,
Hebrew watered it with your feet
like a garden of vegetables.
11 q  But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, 12a land that the  Lord your God cares for. r  The eyes of the  Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

13“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today s  to love the  Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 t  he
Samaritan, Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew I; also verse 15
will give the rain for your land in its season v  the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.
15 w  And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and x  you shall eat and be full. 16Take care y  lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and z  serve other gods and worship them; 17then aa  the anger of the  Lord will be kindled against you, and he ab  will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit, and ac  you will perish quickly off the good land that the  Lord is giving you.

18 ad  “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and ae  you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20 af  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 ag  that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the  Lord swore to your fathers to give them, ah  as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22For if ai  you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the  Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and aj  holding fast to him, 23then the  Lord ak  will drive out all these nations before you, and you will al  dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. 24 am  Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be an  from the wilderness to
Hebrew and
the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea.
25 ap  No one shall be able to stand against you. The  Lord your God will lay aq  the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread ar  as he promised you.

26 as  See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 at  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the  Lord your God, which I command you today, 28and au  the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the  Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, av  to go after other gods that you have not known. 29And when the  Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set aw  the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. 30Are they not beyond the Jordan, west of the road, toward the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the ax  Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside ay  the oak
Septuagint, Syriac; see Genesis 12:6. Hebrew oaks, or terebinths
of Moreh?
31For you are ba  to cross over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the  Lord your God is giving you. And when you possess it and live in it, 32you shall be careful bb  to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you today.

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