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Love and Obey Yahweh

1“Therefore you are to love Yahweh your God and always keep his instructions and his statutes and his ordinances and his commandments.
  2And know this day that I am not speaking with your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of Yahweh your God;

His greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm,
  3and his signs and his works that he did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land,
  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 to flow over them as they pursued you, and how Yahweh has destroyed them to this day,
  5and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place,
  6and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, how in the midst of all the camp of Israel the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households and their tents and every living thing that followed them.

7“But your eyes have seen all the great work of Yahweh that he did.
 

8“Therefore you are to keep every commandment that I command you this day, that you may be strong and go in and possess the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess,
  9and that you may prolong your days in the land that Yahweh swore to your fathers to give to them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey.
  10For the land where you are going in to possess it is not like the land of Egypt that you came out from, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your foot like a garden of herbs;
  11but the land where you are going over to possess it is a land of hills and valleys that drinks water of the rain of heaven,
  12a land that Yahweh your God cares for. The eyes of Yahweh your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.
 

13“If you will listen diligently to my commandments that I command you this day, to love Yahweh your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
  14I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.
  15I will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you will eat and be full.
  16Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,
  17and the anger of Yahweh become kindled against you and he shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain, and the land will not yield its fruit and you perish quickly from off the good land that Yahweh gives you.
 

18“Therefore you are to lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul and you are to bind them for a sign on your hand, and they will be for symbols between your eyes.
  19You are to teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
  20You are to write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
  21so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that Yahweh swore to your fathers to give them as the days of the heavens above the earth.
  22For if you will diligently keep all these commandments that I command you to do, to love Yahweh your God, to walk in all his ways and to cling to him,
  23then Yahweh will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves.
  24Every place on which the sole of your foot will tread will be yours, from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river—the Euphrates River—even to the western sea will be your border.
  25No man will be able to stand before you; Yahweh your God will put the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you will tread on, just as he has spoken to you.
 

Blessing Follows Obedience

26“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse:
  27the blessing if you will listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God that I command you this day;
  28and the curse if you do not listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, but turn aside out of the way that I command you this day, to go after other gods that you have not known.
  29When Yahweh your God brings you into the land where you are going to possess it, you are to put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
  30Are they not beyond the Jordan, beyond the road of the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the Arabah over against Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?
  31For you are to pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the land that Yahweh your God gives you, and you will possess it, and live in it.
  32You are to be careful to do all the statutes and the ordinances that I set before you this day.”
 


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