We receive by God's grace and maintain by His mercy
Moses/Joshua wrote a historical account about the giving of the Law to the surviving generation of Israelites before they began conquest of the Promised Land. Moses told the Israelites that The Lord will give them the Promised land because of the Canaanites' wickedness and not because of any merit of the Israelites.
There was no punctuation in Hebrew. To express emphasis, they would use repetition. Writing a phrase twice would give it intensification ("Moses, Moses" or "Peter, Peter"). Writing a phrase 3 times meant it was the ultimate ("Holy, Holy, Holy" or "Woe, woe, woe"). So the author repeated "it is not because of your righteousness" 3 times because he wanted to make sure that subsequent generations of Israelites would know that they received the Land because of God's grace not because of their righteousness. They should feel privileged and not entitled to live in the Land. Privileges can be taken away.
We too have received what we have because of God's grace and maintain them by His mercy. We also have eternal life by His grace and mercy and should always live in gratitude for what God has done.
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