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I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God's blessing and God's curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life.
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I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
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Deuteronomy 4:26 I call this day heaven and earth to witness, that you shall quickly perish out of the land, which, when you have passed over the Jordan, you shall possess. You shall not dwell therein long, but the Lord will destroy you,
Deuteronomy 31:28 Gather unto me all the ancients of your tribes, and your doctors, and I will speak these words in their hearing, and will call heaven and earth to witness against them.
Deuteronomy 32:1 Hear, O ye heavens, the things I speak, let the earth give ear to the words of my mouth.
Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken. I have brought up children, and exalted them: but they have despised me.
Jeremiah 2:12,13 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and ye gates thereof, be very desolate, saith the Lord. . . .
Jeremiah 22:29,30 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord. . . .
Micah 6:1,2 Hear ye what the Lord saith: Arise, contend thou in judgment against the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. . . .
1 Timothy 5:21 I charge thee, before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by declining to either side.
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Deuteronomy 20:15 So shalt thou do to all cities that are at a great distance from thee, and are not of these cities which thou shalt receive in possession.
Deuteronomy 11:26 Behold I set forth in your sight this day a blessing and a curse:
Joshua 24:15-22 But if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, you have your choice: choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve, whether the gods which your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve thee Lord, . . .
Psalm 119:30,111,173 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments I have not forgotten. . . .
Proverbs 1:29 Nor consented to my counsel, but despised all my reproof.
Proverbs 8:36 Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars.
Isaiah 56:4 For thus saith the Lord to the eunuchs, They that shall keep my sabbaths, and shall choose the things that please me, and shall hold fast my covenant:
Luke 10:42 But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
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Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me all days: and that it may be well with them, and with their children after them.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.
ContextThe Choice of Life or Death
…18I foretell thee this day that thou shalt perish, and shalt remain but a short time in the land, to which thou shalt pass over the Jordan, and shalt go in to possess it. 19I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:20And that thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and obey his voice, and adhere to him (for he is thy life, and the length of thy days,) that thou mayst dwell in the land, for which the Lord swore to thy fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he would give it them.…
But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death.
And now, O Israel, hear the commandments and judgments which I teach thee: that doing them, thou mayst live, and entering in mayst possess the land which the Lord the God of your fathers will give you.
And you shall observe, and fulfil them in practice. For this is your wisdom, and understanding in the sight of nations, that hearing all these precepts, they may say: Behold a wise and understanding people, a great nation.
I call this day heaven and earth to witness, that you shall quickly perish out of the land, which, when you have passed over the Jordan, you shall possess. You shall not dwell therein long, but the Lord will destroy you,
Behold I set forth in your sight this day a blessing and a curse:
Now when all these things shall be come upon thee, the blessing or the curse, which I have set forth before thee, and thou shalt be touched with repentance of thy heart among all the nations, into which the Lord thy God shall have scattered thee,
That thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways, and keep his commandments and ceremonies and judgments, and bless thee in the land, which thou shalt go in to possess.
Gather unto me all the ancients of your tribes, and your doctors, and I will speak these words in their hearing, and will call heaven and earth to witness against them.
And to this people thou shalt say: Thus saith the Lord: Behold I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
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