Rewards of Obedience
1 “You shall therefore alove° the LORD° your God°, and always°° bkeep° His charge°, His statutes°, His ordinances°, and His commandments°. 2 Know° this day° athat I [am] not [speaking] with your sons° who° have not known° and who° have not seen° the Idiscipline° of the LORD° your God°His greatness°, His mighty° hand° and His outstretched° arm°, 3 and aHis 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°, awhen° He made the water° of the IRed°° Sea° to IIengulf° them while they were pursuing° you, and the LORD° IIIcompletely°°° destroyed° them; 5 and what° He did° to you in the wilderness° until° you came° to this° place°; 6 and awhat° 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 bevery° living° thing° that Ifollowed° them, among° all° Israel° 7 but your own eyes° have seen° all° the great° work° of the LORD° which° He did°.
 aDt 6:5; 10:12 bLv 18:30; 22:9
 IOr instruction aDt 4:34
 aEx 7:8-21
 ILit Sea of Reeds IILit flow over their faces IIILit to this day aEx 14:28; Dt 1:40; 2:1
 ILit was at their feet aNu 16:1-35; Ps 106:16-18 bNu 26:10, 11
8 ¶ “You shall therefore keep° every° commandment° which° I am commanding° you today°, aso° that you may be strong° and go° in and possess° the land° into which° you are about to cross° to possess° it; 9 aso that you may prolong° [your] days° on the land° which° the LORD° swore° to your fathers° to give° to them and to their Idescendants°, ba 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 Ifoot° like a vegetable° garden°. 11 But athe 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°; athe eyes° of the LORD° your God° are always° on it, from the Ibeginning° even to the end° of the year°.
 aDt 31:6, 7, 23; Jsh 1:6, 7
 ILit seed aDt 4:40; 5:16, 33; 6:2; Pv 10:27 bEx 3:8
 II.e. probably a treadmill
 aDt 8:7
 ILit beginning of the year a1K 9:3
13 ¶ “It shall come° about, aif° you listen° obediently° to my commandments° which° I am commanding° you today°, bto love° the LORD° your God° and to serve° Him cwith all° your heart° and all° your soul°, 14 that IaHe will give° the rain° for your land° in its season°, the IIbearly° and IIIlate° rain°°, that you may gather° in your grain° and your new° wine° and your oil°. 15 IaHe will give° grass° in your fields° for your cattle°, and byou will eat° and be satisfied°. 16 IaBeware° that your hearts° are not deceived°, and that you do not turn° away° and serve° other° gods° and worship° them. 17 Or athe anger° of the LORD° will be kindled° against you, and He will bshut° up the heavens° cso that there will be no° rain° and the ground° will not yield° its fruit°; and dyou will perish° quickly° from the good° land° which° the LORD° is giving° you.
 aLv 26:3; Dt 7:12 bDt 11:1 cDt 4:29
 ISo some ancient versions; M.T. reads I III.e. autumn IIII.e. spring aLv 26:4; Dt 28:12 bJol 2:23; Jm 5:7
 ISo some ancient versions; M.T. reads I aPs 104:14 bDt 6:11
 ILit Watch yourselves aJb 31:27
 aDt 6:15; 9:19 b1K 8:35; 2Ch 6:26; 7:13 cDt 28:24 dDt 4:26
18 ¶ “aYou shall therefore Iimpress° 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 IIfrontals° IIIon your forehead°°. 19 aYou 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 aYou shall write° them on the doorposts° of your house° and on your gates°, 21 so° that ayour days° and the days° of your sons° may be multiplied° on the land° which° the LORD° swore° to your fathers° to give° them, as Iblong° as the heavens° [remain] above° the earth°. 22 For if° you are acareful° to keep° all° this° commandment° which° I am commanding° you to do°, bto love° the LORD° your God°, to walk° in all° His ways° and chold° fast° to Him, 23 then the LORD° will adrive° out all° these° nations° from before°° you, and you will bdispossess° nations° greater° and mightier° than° you. 24 aEvery° place° on which° the sole° of your foot° treads° shall be yours; byour border° will be from the wilderness° to Lebanon°, [and] from the river°, the river° Euphrates°, as far° as Ithe western° sea°. 25 aNo° 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.
 ILit put IILit frontlet bands IIILit between your eyes aEx 13:9, 16; Dt 6:8
 aDt 4:9, 10; 6:7; Pv 22:6
 aDt 6:9
 ILit the days of the heavens aPv 3:2; 4:10; 9:11 bPs 72:5
 aDt 6:17 bDt 11:1 cDt 10:20
 aDt 4:38 bDt 9:1
 II.e. the Mediterranean aJsh 1:3; 14:9 bGn 15:18; Ex 23:31; Dt 1:7, 8
 aEx 23:27; Dt 7:24
26 ¶ “aSee°, I am setting° before° you today° a blessing° and a curse°: 27 the ablessing°, if° you listen° to the commandments° of the LORD° your God°, which° I am commanding° you today°; 28 and the acurse°, 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°, Iby 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, athat 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° aGilgal°, beside° bthe Ioaks° 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 ayou 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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An exhortation to obedience,
by their own experience of God's great works,
2 And knowºª ye this day:º for² [I speak] not² with² your childrenº which² have not² known,ºª and which² have not² seenºª² the chastisementº of the LORDº your God,º² his greatness,º² his mightyº hand,º and his stretched outºª arm,º 3 And his miracles,º and his acts,º which² he didºª in the midstº of Egyptº unto Pharaohº the kingº of Egypt,º and unto all² his land;º 4 And what² he didºª unto the armyº of Egypt,º unto their horses,º and to their chariots;º how² he made² the waterº of the Redº seaº to overflowºª²² them¹ as they pursuedºª afterº you, and [how] the LORDº hath destroyedºª them unto² this² day;º 5 And what² he didºª unto you in the wilderness,º until² ye cameºª into² this² place;º 6 And what² he didºª unto Dathanº and Abiram,º the sonsº of Eliab,º the sonº of Reuben:º how² the earthº openedºª² her mouth,º and swallowed them up,ºª and their households,º and their tents,º and all² the substanceº that² [was] in their possession,º in the midstº of all² Israel:º 7 But² your eyesº have seenºª² all² the greatº actsº of the LORDº which² he did.ºª
 Dt 5:24; 7:19; 8:2, 19; 9:26; 29:10; Pv 22:19; Ac 26:22.
 Dt 4:34; 7:19; Ps 78:12; 105:27; 135:9; Jr 32:20.
 Ex 14:23; 15:4, 9, 19; Ps 106:11; He 11:29.
 Ps 77:20; 78:14; 105:39; 106:12.
 Nu 16:1, 31; 26:9; 27:3; Ps 106:17.
 Dt 5:3; 7:19; Ps 106:2; 145:4, 12; 150:2.
and by promise of God's great blessings.
8 Therefore shall ye keepºª² all² the commandmentsº whichº I² commandºª you this day,º that² ye may be strong,ºª and go inºª and possessºª² the land,º whither²² ye² goºª to possessºª it; 9 And that² ye may prolongºª [your] daysº in² the land,º which² the LORDº swareºª unto your fathersº to giveºª unto them and to their seed,º a landº that flowethºª with milkº and honey.º
 Dt 8:10; 10:12; 26:16; 28:47; 31:23; Jsh 1:6; Ps 116:12; 138:3; Is 40:31; Dn 10:19; 2Co 12:9; Ep 3:16; 6:10; Php 4:13; Col 1:11.
 Ex 3:8; Dt 4:40; 5:16; 6:2, 18; 9:5; Ps 34:12; Pv 3:2, 16; 9:11; 10:27; Ezk 20:6.
10 ¶ For² the land,º whither²² thou² goest inºª to possessºª it, [is] not² as the landº of Egypt,º from whence²²² ye came out,ºª where² thou sowedstºª² thy seed,º and wateredstºª [it] with thy foot,º as a gardenº of herbs:º 11 But the land,º whither²² ye² goºª to possessºª it, [is] a landº of hillsº and valleys,º [and] drinkethºª waterº of the rainº of heaven:º 12 A landº which² the LORDº thy Godº careth² for:¹ª the eyesº of the LORDº thy Godº [are] alwaysº upon it, from the beginningº² of the yearº even unto² the endº of the year.º
 Zc 14:18.
 Gn 27:28; Dt 8:7; Ps 65:12; 104:10; Is 28:1; Jr 2:7; He 6:7.
 1K 9:3; Ezr 5:5; Ps 33:18; 34:15; Jr 24:6.
A careful study is required in God's Words.
13 ¶ And it shall come to pass,² if² ye shall hearken¹ª diligentlyºª unto² my commandmentsº which² I² commandºª you this day,º to loveºª² the LORDº your God,º and to serveºª him with all² your heartº and with all² your soul,º 14 That I will giveºª [you] the rainº of your landº in his due season,º the first rainº and the latter rain,º that thou mayest gather¹ª in² thy corn,º and thy wine,º and thine oil.º 15 And I will sendºª grassº in thy fieldsº for thy cattle,º that thou mayest eatºª and be full.ºª
 Dt 4:29; 6:5, 17; 10:12; 11:8, 22; Ps 119:4.
 Lv 26:4; Dt 28:12; Jb 5:10; 37:11; Ps 65:9; Jr 14:22; Ezk 34:26; Jol 2:22; Jm 5:7.
 Dt 6:11; 8:10; 1K 18:5; Ps 104:14; Jr 14:5; Jol 1:18; 2:19, 22; Hg 1:6; Mal 3:10.
An exhortation to obedience by threatenings.
16 Take heedºª to yourselves, that² your heartº be not deceived,ºª and ye turn aside,ºª and serveºª otherº gods,º and worshipºª them; 17 And [then] the LORD'Sº wrathº be kindledºª against you, and he shut upºª² the heaven,º that there be² no² rain,º and that the landº yieldºª not²² her fruit;º and [lest] ye perishºª quicklyº from off²² the goodº landº which² the LORDº givethºª you.
 Dt 4:9, 23; 8:19; 13:3; 29:18; 30:17; Jb 31:27; Is 44:20; Lk 21:8, 34, 36; He 2:1; 3:12; 4:1; 12:15; Jm 1:26; 1Jn 5:21; Rv 12:9; 13:14; 20:4.
 Dt 4:26; 6:15; 8:19; 28:23; 30:17, 18; Jsh 23:13; 1K 8:35; 17:1; 2Ch 6:26; 7:13; Jr 14:1; Am 4:7; Hg 1:9.
18 ¶ Therefore shall ye lay upºª² these² my wordsº in² your heartº and in² your soul,º and bindºª them for a signº upon² your hand,º that they may be² as frontletsº between² your eyes.º 19 And ye shall teachºª them² your children,º speakingºª of them when thou sittestºª in thine house,º and when thou walkest¹ª² by the way,º when thou liest¹ª down,² and when thou risest up.ºª 20 And thou shalt writeºª them upon² the door postsº of thine house,º and upon thy gates:º 21 That² your daysº may be multiplied,ºª and the daysº of your children,º in² the landº which² the LORDº swareºª unto your fathersº to giveºª them, as the daysº of heavenº upon² the earth.º
 Ex 13:9, 16; Dt 6:6; 32:46; Ps 119:11; Pv 3:1; 6:20; 7:2; Mt 23:5; Col 3:16; He 2:1; 2P 1:12; 3:1.
 Dt 4:9; 6:7; Ps 34:11; 78:5; Pv 2:1; 4:1; Is 38:19.
 Dt 6:9.
 Dt 4:40; 5:16; 6:2; Ps 72:5; 89:28; Pv 3:2, 16; 4:10; 9:11; Is 65:20; Rv 20:6.
22 ¶ For² if² ye shall diligently¹ª keepºª² all² these² commandmentsº which² I² commandºª you, to doºª them, to loveºª² the LORDº your God,º to walk¹ª² in all² his ways,º and to cleaveºª unto him; 23 Then will the LORDº drive outºª² all² these² nationsº from beforeº² you, and ye shall possessºª greaterº nationsº and mightierº than² yourselves. 24 Every² placeº whereon² the solesº of your feetº shall treadºª shall be² yours: from² the wildernessº and Lebanon,º from² the river,º the riverº Euphrates,º even unto² the uttermostº seaº shall your coastº be.² 25 There shall no² manº be able to standºª beforeº you: [for] the LORDº your Godº shall layºª the fearº of you and the dreadº of you uponº² all² the landº that² ye shall treadºª upon, as² he hath saidºª unto you.
 Gn 2:24; Dt 6:17; 10:20; 11:13; 30:20; Mt 22:37; Ac 11:23; 2Co 11:2; 2Ti 4:8; 1Jn 5:2.
 Ex 23:27; 34:11; Dt 4:38; 7:1, 22; 9:1, 5.
 Gn 15:18; Ex 23:31; Nu 34:3; Jsh 1:3; 14:9; 1K 4:21, 24; 2Ch 9:26.
 Ex 23:27; Dt 2:25; 7:24; Jsh 1:5; 2:9; 5:1.
The blessing and curse is set before them.
26 ¶ Behold,ºª I² setºª beforeº you this dayº a blessingº and a curse;º 27 ² A blessing,º if² ye obeyºª² the commandmentsº of the LORDº your God,º which² I² commandºª you this day:º 28 And a curse,º if² ye will not² obeyºª² the commandmentsº of the LORDº your God,º but turn asideºª out of² the wayº which² I² commandºª you this day,º to go¹ª² afterº otherº gods,º which² ye have not² known.ºª 29 And it shall come to pass,² when² the LORDº thy Godº hath brought thee inºª unto² the landº whither²² thou² goestºª to possessºª it, that thou shalt putºª² the blessingº upon² mountº Gerizim,º and the curseº upon² mountº Ebal.º 30 [Are] they² not² on the other sideº Jordan,º byº the wayº where the sunº goeth down,º in the landº of the Canaanites,º which dwellºª in the champaignº over againstº Gilgal,º besideº the plainsº of Moreh?º 31 For² ye² shall pass overºª² Jordanº to go inºª to possessºª² the landº which² the LORDº your Godº givethºª you, and ye shall possessºª it, and dwellºª therein. 32 And ye shall observeºª to doºª² all² the statutesº and judgmentsº which² I² setºª beforeº you this day.º
 Dt 30:1, 15; Ga 3:10, 13.
 Lv 26:3; Dt 28:1; Ps 19:11; Is 1:19; 3:10; Mt 5:3; 25:31; Lk 11:28; Jn 13:17; 14:21; Ro 2:7; Jm 1:25; Rv 22:14.
 Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15; 29:19; Is 1:20; 3:11; Mt 25:41; Ro 2:8; Ga 3:10.
 Dt 27:12; Jsh 8:30.
 Gn 12:6; Jsh 5:9; Jg 7:1.
 Dt 9:1; Jsh 1:11; 3:13.
 Dt 5:32; 12:32; Ps 119:6; Mt 7:21; 28:20; Lk 1:6; Jn 15:14; 1Th 4:1.
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