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These teachings are not empty words; they are your very life. Obey them and you will live long in that land across the Jordan that you are about to occupy."
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For they are not commanded you in vain, but that every one should live in them, and that doing them you may continue a long time in the land whither you are going over the Jordan to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:19 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:
Leviticus 18:5 Keep my laws and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them, I am the Lord.
Proverbs 3:1,2,18,22 For they shall add to thee length of days, and years of life, and peace. . . .
Proverbs 4:22 With all watchfulness keep thy heart, because life issueth out from it.
Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I have not said to the seed of Jacob: Seek me in vain. I am the Lord that speak justice, that declare right things.
Matthew 6:33 Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Romans 10:5,6 For Moses wrote that the justice which is of the law: The man that shall do it shall live by it. . . .
1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise is profitable to little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. . . .
1 Peter 3:10-12 For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. . . .
2 Peter 1:3,16 As all things of his divine power which appertain to life and godliness are given us through the knowledge of him who hath called us by his own proper glory and virtue. . . .
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter in by the gates into the city.
ContextThe Song of Moses
…46And he said to them: Set your hearts on all the words, which I testify to you this day: which you shall command your children to observe and to do, and to fulfil all that is written in this law: 47For they are not commanded you in vain, but that every one should live in them, and that doing them you may continue a long time in the land whither you are going over the Jordan to possess it.
This is he that was in the church in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sina and with our fathers. Who received the words of life to give unto us.
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.
Keep his precepts and commandments, which I command thee: that it may be well with thee, and thy children after thee, and thou mayst remain a long time upon the land, which the Lord thy God will give thee.
He afflicted thee with want, and gave thee manna for thy food, which neither thou nor thy fathers knew: to shew that not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.
And 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.
His shoe shall be iron and brass. As the days of thy youth, so also shall thy old age be.
Then shalt thou walk confidently in thy way, and thy foot shall not stumble:
For thus saith the Lord to the house of Israel: Seek ye me, and you shall live.
Additional TranslationsFor they are not idle words to you, because they are your life, and by them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, where you go over Jordan to possess it.
For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.
For this is no vain word to you; for it is your life, and because of this word ye shall live long upon the land, into which ye go over Jordan to inherit it.
For it is no vain word for you, but it is your life, and through this word ye shall prolong your days on the land whereunto ye pass over the Jordan to possess it.
For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing ye shall prolong your days upon the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
For it is not a vain thing for you: because it is your life; and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, where you go over the Jordan to possess it."
for it is not a vain thing for you, for it is your life, and by this thing ye prolong days on the ground whither ye are passing over the Jordan to possess it.'
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