(A)So keep the words of this covenant to do them, (B)that you may prosper in all that you do.

10 “You stand today, all of you, before the Lord your God: your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the alien who is within your camps, from (C)the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 that you may enter into the covenant with the Lord your God, and into His oath which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 in order that He may establish you today as His people and that (D)He may be your God, just as He spoke to you and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

14 “Now not with you alone am I (E)making this covenant and this oath, 15 (F)but both with those who stand here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God and with those who are not with us here today 16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed; 17 moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of (G)wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them); 18 (H)so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you (I)a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood. 19 It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will [a]boast, saying, ‘I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order [b]to destroy the watered land with the dry.’ 20 The Lord shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and (J)His jealousy will [c](K)burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will [d]rest on him, and the Lord will (L)blot out his name from under heaven. 21 Then the Lord will single him out for [e]adversity from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant (M)which are written in this book of the law.

22 “Now the generation to come, your sons who rise up after you and (N)the foreigner who comes from a distant land, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the Lord has [f]afflicted it, will say, 23 ‘All its land is (O)brimstone and salt, (P)a burning waste, [g]unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of (Q)Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.’ 24 All the nations will say, ‘(R)Why has the Lord done thus to this land? Why this great [h]outburst of anger?’ 25 Then men will say, ‘(S)Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26 They went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they have not known and whom He had not [i]allotted to them. 27 Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against that land, (T)to bring upon it every curse which is written in this book; 28 and (U)the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’

29 (V)The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but (W)the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Restoration Promised

30 “So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, (X)the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you [j]call them to mind (Y)in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you (Z)return to the Lord your God and [k]obey Him (AA)with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will (AB)restore [l]you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and (AC)will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has (AD)scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the [m]earth, (AE)from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will [n]bring you back. (AF)The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and (AG)multiply you more than your fathers.

“Moreover (AH)the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your [o]descendants, (AI)to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. (AJ)The Lord your God will [p]inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you shall again [q]obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today. (AK)Then the Lord your God will [r]prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the [s]offspring of your [t]body and in the [u]offspring of your cattle and in the [v]produce of your ground, for (AL)the Lord will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers; 10 [w]if you [x]obey the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which (AM)are written in this book of the law, [y]if you turn to the Lord your God (AN)with all your heart and soul.

11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it [z]out of reach. 12 It is not in heaven, [aa]that you should say, ‘(AO)Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, [ab]that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Choose Life

15 “See, (AP)I have set before you today life and [ac]prosperity, and death and [ad]adversity; 16 in that I command you today (AQ)to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you (AR)may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. 17 But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that (AS)you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter [ae]and possess it. 19 (AT)I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, (AU)the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your [af]descendants, 20 (AV)by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and (AW)by holding fast to Him; (AX)for [ag]this is your life and the length of your days, [ah]that you may live in (AY)the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”


  1. Deuteronomy 29:19 Lit bless himself in his heart
  2. Deuteronomy 29:19 I.e. to destroy everything
  3. Deuteronomy 29:20 Lit smoke
  4. Deuteronomy 29:20 Lit lie down
  5. Deuteronomy 29:21 Lit evil
  6. Deuteronomy 29:22 Lit made it sick
  7. Deuteronomy 29:23 Lit it is not sown and does not cause to sprout
  8. Deuteronomy 29:24 Lit heat
  9. Deuteronomy 29:26 Lit portioned
  10. Deuteronomy 30:1 Lit cause them to return to your heart
  11. Deuteronomy 30:2 Lit listen to His voice
  12. Deuteronomy 30:3 Lit your captivity
  13. Deuteronomy 30:4 Lit sky
  14. Deuteronomy 30:4 Lit take you
  15. Deuteronomy 30:6 Lit seed
  16. Deuteronomy 30:7 Lit put
  17. Deuteronomy 30:8 Lit listen to the voice of
  18. Deuteronomy 30:9 Lit make you have excess for good
  19. Deuteronomy 30:9 Lit fruit
  20. Deuteronomy 30:9 Lit womb
  21. Deuteronomy 30:9 Lit fruit
  22. Deuteronomy 30:9 Lit fruit
  23. Deuteronomy 30:10 Or for you will
  24. Deuteronomy 30:10 Lit listen to the voice of
  25. Deuteronomy 30:10 Or for you will
  26. Deuteronomy 30:11 Lit far off
  27. Deuteronomy 30:12 Lit to say
  28. Deuteronomy 30:13 Lit to say
  29. Deuteronomy 30:15 Lit good
  30. Deuteronomy 30:15 Lit evil
  31. Deuteronomy 30:18 Lit to
  32. Deuteronomy 30:19 Lit seed
  33. Deuteronomy 30:20 Lit that
  34. Deuteronomy 30:20 Lit to dwell

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