1Love the LORD your God. Do what he requires. Always obey his rules, laws and commands.2Remember today that your children weren’t the ones the LORD your God guided and corrected. They didn’t see his majesty. They weren’t in Egypt when he reached out his mighty hand and powerful arm.3They didn’t see the signs and the other things he did in Egypt. They didn’t see what he did to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and to his whole country.4They weren’t there when the LORD destroyed the army of Egypt and its horses and chariots. He swept the waters of the Red Sea over the Egyptians while they were chasing you. He wiped them out for ever.5Your children didn’t see what he did for you in the desert before you arrived here.6They didn’t see what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. Eliab was from the tribe of Reuben. The earth opened its mouth right in the middle of the Israelite camp. It swallowed up Dathan and Abiram. It swallowed them up together with their families, tents and every living thing that belonged to them.7But with your own eyes you saw all the great things the LORD has done.8So obey all the commands I’m giving you today. Then you will be strong enough to go in and take over the land. You will go across the River Jordan and take the land as your own.9You will live there for a long time. It’s the land the LORD promised to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children after them. He gave his word when he made that promise. The land has plenty of milk and honey.10You will enter it and take it over. It isn’t like the land of Egypt. That’s where you came from. You planted your seeds there. You had to water them, just as you have to water a vegetable garden.11But you will soon go across the River Jordan. The land you are going to take over has mountains and valleys in it. It drinks rain from heaven.12It’s a land the LORD your God takes care of. His eyes always look on it with favour. He watches over it from the beginning of the year to its end.13So be faithful. Obey the commands the LORD your God is giving you today. Love him. Serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.14Then the LORD will send rain on your land at the right time. He’ll send rain in the autumn and in the spring. You will be able to gather your corn. You will also be able to make olive oil and fresh wine.15He’ll provide grass in the fields for your cattle. You will have plenty to eat.16But be careful. Don’t let anyone tempt you to do something wrong. Don’t turn away and worship other gods. Don’t bow down to them.17If you do, the LORD will be very angry with you. He’ll close up the sky. It won’t rain. The ground won’t produce its crops. Soon you will die. You won’t live to enjoy the good land the LORD is giving you.18So keep my words in your hearts and minds. Write them down and tie them on your hands as a reminder. Also tie them on your foreheads.19Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up.20Write them on the doorframes of your houses. Also write them on your gates.21Then you and your children will live for a long time in the land. The LORD promised to give the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Your family line will continue as long as the heavens remain above the earth.22So be careful. Obey all the commands I’m giving you to follow. Love the LORD your God. Live exactly as he wants you to live. Remain true to him.23Then the LORD will drive out all the nations to make room for you. They are larger and stronger than you are. But you will take their land.24Every place you walk on will belong to you. Your territory will go all the way from the desert to Lebanon. It will go from the River Euphrates to the Mediterranean Sea.25No one will be able to stand up against you. The LORD your God will throw the whole land into a panic because of you. He’ll do it everywhere you go, just as he promised you.26Listen to me. I’m setting a blessing and a curse in front of you today.27I’m giving you the commands of the LORD your God today. You will be blessed if you obey them.28But you will be cursed if you don’t obey them. So don’t turn away from the path I’m now commanding you to take. Don’t turn away by worshipping other gods you didn’t know before.29The LORD your God will bring you into the land to take it over. When he does, you must announce the blessings from Mount Gerizim. You must announce the curses from Mount Ebal.30As you know, those mountains are across the River Jordan. They are on the west side of the Jordan towards the setting sun. They are near the large trees of Moreh. The mountains are in the territory of the Canaanites, who live in the Arabah Valley near Gilgal.31You are about to go across the River Jordan. You will enter the land and take it over. The LORD your God is giving it to you. You will take it over and live there.32When you do, make sure you obey all the rules and laws I’m giving you today.
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Love and Serve the Lord
1“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. (Le 8:35; De 6:5; Eze 44:16)2And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, (De 3:24; De 4:34; De 5:24; De 31:13)3his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land, (De 6:22; De 7:19)4and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, 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, (Ex 14:27; Ex 15:9; Ps 106:11)5and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place, (Ps 78:14)6and 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. (Nu 16:1; Nu 16:31; Nu 27:3; Ps 106:17)7For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did. (Jud 2:7)8“You shall therefore keep the whole commandment that I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and take possession of the land that you are going over to possess, (De 31:6; Jos 1:6; Jos 1:9; Jos 1:18)9and that you may live long in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their offspring, a land flowing with milk and honey. (Ge 50:24; Ex 3:8; De 4:40)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, like a garden of vegetables.11But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, (De 8:7)12a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. (1Ki 9:3; Jer 24:6)13“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, (De 6:5)14he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. (Le 26:4; De 28:12; Job 29:23; Jer 5:24; Ho 6:3; Joe 2:23; Jas 5:7)15And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. (De 6:11; Ps 104:14; Joe 2:19)16Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them; (De 6:14; De 11:28; Job 31:27)17then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit, and you will perish quickly off the good land that the Lord is giving you. (Le 26:19; De 4:26; De 6:15; De 28:23; De 30:18; Jos 23:15; 1Ki 8:35; 2Ch 6:26; 2Ch 7:13; Am 4:7; Zec 14:17; Re 11:6)18“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (De 6:6; De 6:8)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.20You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, (De 6:9)21that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. (De 4:40; Ps 89:29)22For if 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 holding fast to him, (De 6:17; De 10:20)23then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. (De 4:38; De 9:1)24Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea. (Ex 23:31; Jos 1:3; Jos 14:9)25No one shall be able to stand against you. The Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you. (Ex 23:27; De 2:25; De 7:24)26“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: (De 30:1; De 30:15; De 30:19)27the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, (De 28:2)28and 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, to go after other gods that you have not known. (De 6:14; De 28:15)29And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. (De 27:12; Jos 8:33)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 Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oak of Moreh? (De 1:1; Jud 7:1)31For you are 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, (De 9:1; De 12:10; Jos 1:11)32you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you today. (De 5:32; De 12:32)