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Deuteronomy 8:1–10:22

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Remember the Lord Your God

8 “Every commandment which I command you today ayou must 1be careful to observe, that you may live and bmultiply, 2and go in and possess the land of which the Lord 3swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God cled you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and dtest you, eto know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, fallowed you to hunger, and gfed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall hnot live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. iYour garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. jYou should 4know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.

“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, kto walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, la land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 mWhen you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 nlest—when you have eaten and are 5full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are 6multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 owhen your heart 7is lifted up, and you pforget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who qled you through that great and terrible wilderness, rin which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; swho brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with tmanna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, uto do you good in the end—17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, vfor it is He who gives you power to get wealth, wthat He may 8establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, xI testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, yso you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.

Israel’s Rebellions Reviewed

9 “Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, a people great and tall, the adescendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’ Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who bgoes over before you as a cconsuming fire. dHe will destroy them and bring them down before you; eso you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you.

f“Do not think in your heart, after the Lord your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is gbecause of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out from before you. hIt is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out from before you, and that He may 1fulfill the iword which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a jstiff-necked 2people.

“Remember! Do not forget how you kprovoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. lFrom the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord. Also min Horeb you provoked the Lord to wrath, so that the Lord was angry enough with you to have destroyed you. nWhen I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and oforty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water. 10 pThen the Lord delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire qin 3the day of the assembly. 11 And it came to pass, at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the Lord gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.

12 “Then the Lord said to me, r‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have squickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image.’

13 “Furthermore tthe Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed uthey are a 4stiff-necked people. 14 vLet Me alone, that I may destroy them and wblot out their name from under heaven; xand I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’

15 y“So I turned and came down from the mountain, and zthe mountain burned with fire; and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. 16 And aI looked, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God—had made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from the way which the Lord had commanded you. 17 Then I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and bbroke them before your eyes. 18 And I cfell 5down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you committed in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. 19 dFor I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the Lord was angry with you, to destroy you. eBut the Lord listened to me at that time also. 20 And the Lord was very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him; so I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. 21 Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I fthrew its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.

22 “Also at gTaberah and hMassah and iKibroth Hattaavah you 6provoked the Lord to wrath. 23 Likewise, jwhen the Lord sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and kyou did not believe Him nor obey His voice. 24 lYou have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.

25 m“Thus I 7prostrated myself before the Lord; forty days and forty nights I kept prostrating myself, because the Lord had said He would destroy you. 26 Therefore I prayed to the Lord, and said: ‘O Lord God, do not destroy Your people and nYour inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin, 28 lest the land from which You brought us should say, “Because the Lord was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness.” 29 Yet they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out by Your mighty power and by Your outstretched arm.’

The Second Pair of Tablets

10 “At that time the Lord said to me, 1‘Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to Me on the mountain and make yourself an aark of wood. And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke; and byou shall put them in the ark.’

“So I made an ark of acacia wood, hewed two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain, having the two tablets in my hand. And He wrote on the tablets according to the first writing, the Ten 2Commandments, cwhich the Lord had spoken to you in the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly; and the Lord gave them to me. Then I turned and dcame down from the mountain, and eput the tablets in the ark which I had made; fand there they are, just as the Lord commanded me.”

(Now the children of Israel journeyed from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah, where Aaron gdied, and where he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered as priest in his 3stead. hFrom there they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land of 4rivers of water. At that time ithe Lord 5separated the tribe of Levi jto bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, kto stand before the Lord to minister to Him and lto bless in His name, to this day. mTherefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, just as the Lord your God promised him.)

10 “As at the first time, nI stayed in the mountain forty days and forty nights; othe Lord also heard me at that time, and the Lord chose not to destroy you. 11 pThen the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, begin your journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.’

The Essence of the Law

12 “And now, Israel, qwhat does the Lord your God require of you

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