Rewards of Obedience1 “You shall therefore a love the Lord your God, and always b keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments. 2 “Know this day c that I am not speaking with your sons who have not known and who have not seen the ▼
▼ Or instructiondiscipline of the Lord your God— His greatness, His mighty hand and His outstretched arm, 3 and e His signs and His works which He did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land; 4 and what He did to Egypt’s army, to its horses and its chariots f when He made the water of the ▼
▼ Lit Sea of ReedsRed Sea to ▼
▼ Lit flow over their facesengulf them while they were pursuing you, and the Lord ▼
▼ Lit to this daycompletely destroyed them; 5 and what He did to you in the wilderness until you came to this place; 6 and j what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, their households, their tents, and k every living thing that ▼
▼ Lit was at their feetfollowed them, among all Israel— 7 but your own eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord which He did. 8 “You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, m so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it; 9 n so that you may prolong your days on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their ▼
▼ Lit seeddescendants p a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 “For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your ▼
▼ I.e. probably a treadmillfoot like a vegetable garden. 11 “But r the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; s the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the ▼
▼ Lit beginning of the yearbeginning even to the end of the year. 13 “It shall come about, u if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, v to love the Lord your God and to serve Him w with all your heart and all your soul, 14 that ▼
▼ So some ancient versions; M.T. reads I, y He will give the rain for your land in its season, the ▼
▼ I.e. autumn, aa early and ▼
▼ I.e. springlate rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. 15 ▼
▼ So some ancient versions; M.T. reads I, ad “He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and ae you will eat and be satisfied. 16 ▼
▼ Lit Watch yourselves, ag “Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. 17 “Or ah the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will ai shut up the heavens aj so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and ak you will perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you. 18 al “You shall therefore ▼
▼ Lit putimpress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as ▼
▼ Lit frontlet bandsfrontals ▼
▼ Lit between your eyeson your forehead. 19 ap “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. 20 aq “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that ar your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as ▼
▼ Lit the days of the heavens, at long as the heavens remain above the earth. 22 “For if you are au careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, av to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and aw hold fast to Him, 23 then the Lord will ax drive out all these nations from before you, and you will ay dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. 24 az “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours; ba your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as ▼
▼ I.e. the Mediterraneanthe western sea. 25 bc “No man will be able to stand before you; the Lord your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you. 26 bd “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the be blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; 28 and the bf curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, ▼
▼ Lit to followby following other gods which you have not known. 29 “It shall come about, when the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, bh that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. 30 “Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite bi Gilgal, beside bj the ▼
▼ Lit terebinthsoaks of Moreh? 31 “For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and bl you shall possess it and live in it, 32 and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.
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