Love and Obey with All Your Heart
1“Therefore you are to love Adonai your God and keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances and His mitzvot at all times.
2And you should know this day that it was not your children who knew or saw the discipline of Adonai your God—His greatness, His mighty hand and His outstretched arm;
3His signs and the deeds He did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to all his land;
4and what He did to the army of Egypt, to its horses and chariots when He made the waters of the Sea of Reeds flow over them as they chased after you, and how Adonai has destroyed them to this day;
5what He did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place;
6 and what He did to Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab son of Reuben—how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, along with their households and tents and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel—
7Rather, it is your own eyes that have seen every mighty deed that Adonai has done.
8“Therefore you are to keep the whole mitzvah that I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land that you are crossing over to possess,
9and so that you may prolong your days on the land that Adonai swore to give to your fathers and to their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey.
10“For the land you are going in to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you came. There you planted your seed and watered it by foot, like a vegetable garden.
11But the land you are crossing over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, drinking from the rain of the heavens it drinks in water.
12It is a land that Adonai your God cares for—the eyes of Adonai your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year up to the end of the year.
13“Now if you listen obediently to My mitzvot that I am commanding you today—to love Adonai your God and to serve Him with all your heart and soul—
14then I will give rain for your land in its season—the early rain and the late rain —so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.
15I will give grass in your field for your livestock, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16Watch yourselves, so your heart is not deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.
17Then the anger of Adonai will be kindled against you, so He will shut up the sky so that there will be no rain and the soil will not yield its produce. Then you will perish quickly from the good land Adonai is giving you.
18“Therefore you are to set these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul. You are to bind them as a sign on your hand, and as frontlets between your eyes.
19You are to teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.
20You are to write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
21so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied on the land Adonai swore to give to your fathers, as long as the heavens are above the earth.
22“For if you will diligently keep all this mitzvah that I am commanding you to do—to love Adonai your God, to walk in all His ways and to cling to Him—
23then Adonai will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves.
24Every place where the sole of your foot treads will be yours—from the wilderness to the Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea will be your border.
25No one will be able to stand against you—Adonai your God will put the fear and dread of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has promised you.
Blessing or Curse Set Before You
26“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse—
27the blessing, if you listen to the mitzvot of Adonai your God that I am commanding you today,
28but the curse, if you do not listen to the mitzvot of Adonai your God, but turn from the way I am commanding you today, to go after other gods you have not known.
29Now when Adonai your God brings you into the land you are going in to possess, you are to set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
30Are they not across the Jordan toward the west, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the Arabah—opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?
31For you are about to cross over the Jordan to go in to possess the land Adonai your God is giving you—you will possess it and dwell in it,
32and you will take care to do all the statutes and ordinances that I am setting before you today.