Deuteronomy 11

Rewards of Obedience

1“You shall therefore a  love the  Lord your God, and always b  keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments. 2Know this day c  that I am not speaking with your sons who have not known and who have not seen the
Or instruction
discipline of the  Lord your GodHis greatness, His mighty hand and His outstretched arm,
3and 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; 4and what He did to Egypt’s army, to its horses and its chariots f  when He made the water of the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea to
Lit flow over their faces
engulf them while they were pursuing you, and the  Lord
Lit to this day
completely destroyed them;
5and 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, 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 feet
followed them, among all Israel
7but your own eyes have seen all the great work of the  Lord which He did.

8You 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 seed
descendants p  a land flowing with milk and honey.
10For 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 treadmill
foot 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, 12a 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 year
beginning even to the end of the year.

13It 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, 14that
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. spring
late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.
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.
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 put
impress 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 bands
Lit between your eyes
on 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, 21so 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.
22For 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, 23then 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 Mediterranean
the 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: 27the be  blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the  Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; 28and 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 follow
by following other gods which you have not known.

29It 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. 30Are 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 terebinths
oaks of Moreh?
31For 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, 32and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.
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