¶ Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge,
and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.
2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,
3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;
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Love the Lord This is the principle of the God who never forces
2 - Know ye God addressed those who had seen the miracles and had no excuse to doubt the Lord.
2 - Stretched out arm This is a symbol of strength da1115, da1122, da1131. is5210, is5301.
| 4 And what he did unto
the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made
the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and
how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;
5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;
6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:
7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.
- This place They were on the plains of Moab opposite the city of
6 - See nu16.
¶ Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you
this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither
ye go to possess it;
9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
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Milk and honey The best material blessings and salvation
like the sweetness of the divine law
For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of
Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst
it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:
11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:
.12 A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.
- Wateredst ... foot Labor was used to lift water from the Nile.
11 - Drinketh The terrain and the system would be different as long as they were faithful 1ki0835, 1ki17, 1ki1817f.
And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments
which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him
with all your heart and with all your soul,
.14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
|14 - First rain ... latter The Holy Spirit later directed the attention of the prophets to this system of physical blessing to spiritual blessings of growing in Christ jl0223. Other passages about this rain draw symbolism from this primary one. See jl-judgchrt.|
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside,
and serve other gods, and worship them;
.17 And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
.18 ¶ Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
- Take heed ... deceived Without a close connection with the Lord,
it is easy to follow the popular path forgetting the source of blessing
On deception see je1709,
Remember how Eve changed her values from what God said to how she felt!
18 - Find the same ideas at de0607.
| 19 And ye shall teach
them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest
20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
|19 - Teach them Diligence in this pays big dividends.|
For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command
you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and
to cleave unto him;
23 Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
.24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.
.25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.
- Diligently keep As in v13.
22 - Drive them out This is what God wanted to do as He told His people often ex2331, ex2328, jos1301-6. But they were slow do do their part in driving out the pagan people jos1713.
24 - Wilderness Or "Wilderness of Zin.. "A desert on the south border of Canaan, and the west of Edom, Nu 34:1-4. It formed part of the great wilderness of Paran, Nu 13:26; and in its north-east corner was Kadesh-barnea, memorable for the death of Miriam, the mission of the twelve spies into Canaan, the murmuring of the Israelites, the rock flowing with water, and the unholy passion of Moses, Nu 13:21; 20:1-13; 27:14." See Egypt-Sinai map.
25 - Fear of you See es0902, ex2327.
¶ Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
- Blessing ... curse Our free choice. See on jos2415.
27 - Blessing Described earlier de2802-6.
| 28 And a curse, if ye
will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out
of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which
ye have not known.
.29 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.
.30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?
- Gerizim ... Ebal See map.
30 - Other side ... over against The west side of the Jordan. de0320, 25. "Looking toward Gilgal, tho' at some considerable distance from it. Beside the plains of Moreh - This was one of the first places that Abram came to in Canaan. So that in sending them thither to hear the blessing and the curse, they were minded of the promise made to Abram in that very place, Ge 12:6,7." (John Wesley's Notes).
30 - Plains of Moreh Rather "beside the terebinths of Moreh" ge1318, ge1801.
| 31 For ye shall pass
over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth
you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.
32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.
|31 - Ye shall pass over Or, considering the participle, "Ye are on the point of passing over."|