Deuteronomy 11

Reiteration of the Call to Obedience

11:1 You must love the Lord your God and do what he requires; keep his statutes, ordinances, and commandments1 at all times. 11:2 Bear in mind today that I am not speaking2 to your children who have not personally experienced the judgments3 of the Lord your God, which revealed4 his greatness, strength, and power.5 11:3 They did not see6 the awesome deeds he performed7 in the midst of Egypt against Pharaoh king of Egypt and his whole land, 11:4 or what he did to the army of Egypt, including their horses and chariots, when he made the waters of the Red Sea8 overwhelm them while they were pursuing you and he9 annihilated them.10 11:5 They did not see11 what he did to you in the desert before you reached this place, 11:6 or what he did to Dathan and Abiram,12 sons of Eliab the Reubenite,13 when the earth opened its mouth in the middle of the Israelite camp14 and swallowed them, their families,15 their tents, and all the property they brought with them.16 11:7 I am speaking to you17 because you are the ones who saw all the great deeds of the Lord!

The Abundance of the Land of Promise

11:8 Now pay attention to all the commandments18 I am giving19 you today, so that you may be strong enough to enter and possess the land where you are headed,20 11:9 and that you may enjoy long life in the land the Lord promised to give to your ancestors21 and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey. 11:10 For the land where you are headed22 is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, a land where you planted seed and which you irrigated by hand23 like a vegetable garden. 11:11 Instead, the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy24 is one of hills and valleys, a land that drinks in water from the rains,25 11:12 a land the Lord your God looks after.26 He is constantly attentive to it27 from the beginning to the end of the year.28 11:13 Now, if you pay close attention29 to my commandments that I am giving you today and love30 the Lord your God and serve him with all your mind and being,31 11:14 then he promises,32 “I will send rain for your land33 in its season, the autumn and the spring rains,34 so that you may gather in your grain, new wine, and olive oil. 11:15 I will provide pasture35 for your livestock and you will eat your fill.”

Exhortation to Instruction and Obedience

11:16 Make sure you do not turn away to serve and worship other gods!36 11:17 Then the anger of the Lord will erupt37 against you and he will close up the sky38 so that it does not rain. The land will not yield its produce, and you will soon be removed39 from the good land that the Lord40 is about to give you. 11:18 Fix these words of mine into your mind and being,41 and tie them as a reminder on your hands and let them be symbols42 on your forehead. 11:19 Teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road,43 as you lie down, and as you get up. 11:20 Inscribe them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates 11:21 so that your days and those of your descendants may be extended in the land which the Lord promised to give to your ancestors, like the days of heaven itself.44 11:22 For if you carefully observe all of these commandments45 I am giving you46 and love the Lord your God, live according to his standards,47 and remain loyal to him, 11:23 then he48 will drive out all these nations ahead of you, and you will dispossess nations greater and stronger than you. 11:24 Every place you set your foot49 will be yours; your border will extend from the desert to Lebanon and from the River (that is, the Euphrates) as far as the Mediterranean Sea.50 11:25 Nobody will be able to resist you; the Lord your God will spread the fear and terror of you over the whole land on which you walk, just as he promised you.

Anticipation of a Blessing and Cursing Ceremony

11:26 Take note – I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:51 11:27 the blessing if you take to heart52 the commandments of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, 11:28 and the curse if you pay no attention53 to his54 commandments and turn from the way I am setting before55 you today to pursue56 other gods you have not known. 11:29 When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are to possess, you must pronounce the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.57 11:30 Are they not across the Jordan River,58 toward the west, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah opposite Gilgal59 near the oak60 of Moreh? 11:31 For you are about to cross the Jordan to possess the land the Lord your God is giving you, and you will possess and inhabit it. 11:32 Be certain to keep all the statutes and ordinances that I am presenting to you today.

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