Deuteronomy 8
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1“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors.1"All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers.
2Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.2"You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.3"He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
4For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell.4"Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.
5Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good.5"Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
6“So obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.6"Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.
7For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills.7"For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills;
8It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey.8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;
9It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills.9a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
10When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.10"When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.
11“But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.11"Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
12For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,12otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,
13and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!13and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,
14Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.14then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
15Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!15"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.
16He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.16"In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.
17He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’17"Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.'
18Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.18"But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
19“But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.19"It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.
20Just as the LORD has destroyed other nations in your path, you also will be destroyed if you refuse to obey the LORD your God.20"Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.
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