The Covenant Renewed in Moab
1These are the words of the #Lev. 26:46; Deut. 5:2, 3covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.
2Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: #Ex. 19:4; Deut. 11:7“You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land— 3#Deut. 4:34; 7:19the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. 4Yet #(Is. 6:9, 10; Ezek. 12:2); Matt. 13:14; (Acts 28:26, 27); Rom. 11:8; (Eph. 4:18)the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. 5#Deut. 1:3; 8:2And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. #Deut. 8:4Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. 6#Ex. 16:12; Deut. 8:3You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. 7And when you came to this place, #Num. 21:23, 24; Deut. 2:26—3:3Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out against us to battle, and we conquered them. 8We took their land and #Num. 32:33; Deut. 3:12, 13gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh. 9Therefore #Deut. 4:6; 1 Kin. 2:3keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may #Josh. 1:7prosper in all that you do.
10“All of you stand today before the Lord your God: your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11your little ones and your wives—also the stranger who is in your camp, from #Josh. 9:21, 23, 27the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water— 12that you may enter into covenant with the Lord your God, and #Neh. 10:29into His oath, which the Lord your God makes with you today, 13that He may #Deut. 28:9establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, #Ex. 6:7just as He has spoken to you, and #Gen. 17:7, 8just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
14“I make this covenant and this oath, #(Jer. 31:31; Heb. 8:7, 8)not with you alone, 15but with him who stands here with us today before the Lord our God, #Acts 2:39as well as with him who is not here with us today 16(for you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we came through the nations which you passed by, 17and you saw their abominations and their idols which were among them—wood and stone and silver and gold); 18so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, #Deut. 11:16whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, #Heb. 12:15and that there may not be among you a root bearing #Deut. 32:32; Acts 8:23bitterness or wormwood; 19and so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the #Jer. 3:17; 7:24dictates of my heart’—#Is. 30:1as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
20#Ezek. 14:7“The Lord would not spare him; for then #Ps. 74:1the anger of the Lord and #Ps. 79:5; Ezek. 23:25His jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the Lord #Ex. 32:33; Deut. 9:14; 2 Kin. 14:27would blot out his name from under heaven. 21And the Lord #(Matt. 24:51)would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the #Deut. 30:10Law, 22so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they #Jer. 19:8; 49:17; 50:13see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the Lord has laid on it:
23‘The whole land is brimstone, #Jer. 17:6; Zeph. 2:9salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, #Gen. 19:24, 25; Is. 1:9; Jer. 20:16; Hos. 11:8like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’ 24“All nations would say, #1 Kin. 9:8; Jer. 22:8‘Why has the Lord done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’ 25Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt; 26for they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them. 27Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against this land, #Dan. 9:11to bring on it every curse that is written in this book. 28And the Lord #1 Kin. 14:15; 2 Chr. 7:20; Ps. 52:5; Prov. 2:22uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’
29“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.