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The Lord’s Provision in the Desert

8:1 You must keep carefully all these commandments1 I am giving2 you today so that you may live, increase in number,3 and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors.4 8:2 Remember the whole way by which he5 has brought you these forty years through the desert6 so that he might, by humbling you, test you to see if you have it within you to keep his commandments or not. 8:3 So he humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you with unfamiliar manna.7 He did this to teach you8 that humankind9 cannot live by bread10 alone, but also by everything that comes from the Lord’s mouth.11 8:4 Your clothing did not wear out nor did your feet swell all these forty years. 8:5 Be keenly aware that just as a parent disciplines his child,12 the Lord your God disciplines you. 8:6 So you must keep his13 commandments, live according to his standards,14 and revere him. 8:7 For the Lord your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of brooks,15 springs, and fountains flowing forth in valleys and hills, 8:8 a land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates, of olive trees and honey, 8:9 a land where you may eat food16 in plenty and find no lack of anything, a land whose stones are iron17 and from whose hills you can mine copper. 8:10 You will eat your fill and then praise the Lord your God because of the good land he has given you.


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