Deuteronomy 8

1“You must obey all the commands that I give you today. Why? Because then you will live and grow to become a great nation. You will get the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors. 2And you must remember the whole trip that the Lord your God has led you through these 40 years in the desert. The Lord was testing you. He wanted to make you humble. He wanted to know the things in your heart. He wanted to know if you would obey his commands. 3The Lord humbled you and let you be hungry. Then he fed you with manna—something you did not know about before. It was something your ancestors had never seen. Why did the Lord do these things? Because he wanted you to know that it is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what the Lord says. 4These past 40 years, your clothes did not wear out, and your feet did not swell. ˻Why? Because the Lord protected you!˼ 5You must remember that the Lord your God did all those things for you. God was like a father teaching and correcting his son. 6“You must obey the commands of the Lord your God. Follow him and respect him. 7The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with rivers and pools of water. Water flows out of the ground in the valleys and hills. 8It is a land with wheat and barley, grape vines, fig trees, and pomegranates. It is a land with olive oil and honey. 9There you will have plenty of food. You will have everything you need. It is a land where the rocks are iron. You can dig copper out of the hills. 10You will have all you want to eat. Then you will praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11“Be careful. Don’t forget the Lord your God! Be careful to obey the commands, laws, and rules that I give you today. 12Then you will have plenty to eat, and you will build good houses and live in them. 13Your cows, sheep, and goats will grow large. You will get plenty of gold and silver. You will have plenty of everything! 14When that happens, you must be careful not to become proud. You must not forget the Lord your God. You were slaves in Egypt. But the Lord made you free and brought you out of that land. 15The Lord led you through that great and terrible desert. Poisonous snakes and scorpions were in that desert! The ground was dry, and there was no water anywhere. But the Lord gave you water out of the rock. 16In the desert, the Lord fed you manna—something your ancestors had never seen. The Lord tested you. Why? Because the Lord made you humble so that things would go well for you in the end. 17Don’t ever say to yourself, 'I got all this wealth by my own power and ability.’ 18Remember the Lord your God. Remember that he is the One who gives you power to do those things! Why does the Lord do this? Because he wants to keep the Agreement that he made with your ancestors—just like he is doing today! 19“Don’t ever forget the Lord your God. Don’t ever follow other gods! Don’t worship and serve them. If you do that, then I warn you today: You will surely be destroyed! 20The Lord is destroying other nations for you. But if you follow those other gods, then you will be destroyed just like them! Why? Because you stopped listening to the Lord your God!

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