Old Testament

Deuteronomy 11
111Love the Lord your God and always carry out his requirements, his statutes, his ordinances, and his commandments.
2Know this today! I am not addressing your children, who have not known and seen all these things:
the discipline of the Lord your God;
his greatness, his strong hand, and his outstretched arm;
3his signs and his deeds that he performed in Egypt
against Pharaoh king of Egypt and against all his land;
4what he did to the army of Egypt and its horses and chariots;
how he caused the water of the Red Sea to flow over their heads
when they pursued you;
how the Lord has destroyed them to this day;
5what he did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place;
6what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab son of Reuben;
how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them
with their households, their tents,
and every living thing that was at their feet,
in the middle of all Israel.
7Know today it is your own eyes that have seen every deed that the Lord your God performed.
8Therefore, keep the whole set of commands that I am giving you today so that you may have the strength to enter and take possession of the land that you are about to cross into and possess, 9and so that you may live for a long time on the land that the Lord your God swore to give to your fathers and to their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
10The land that you are about to enter and possess is not like that land of Egypt that you left, where you were accustomed to sow your seed and water it by hand[] like a vegetable garden. 11But the land you are entering to possess is a land of mountains and valleys. It drinks water provided by rain from the heavens. 12It is a land that the Lord your God takes care of. The eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it, from the start to the end of the year.
13If you faithfully listen to my commandments that I am giving you today, to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14then I will provide rain for your land in season, early fall rain and late spring rain, and you will gather your grain and your new wine and your fresh oil. 15I will provide grass in your field for your livestock, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16Be careful, or your heart will be deceived and you will turn away and serve other gods and bow down to them. 17Then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and he will close up the heavens. There will be no rain, the ground will not produce crops, and you will perish quickly from the good land that the Lord is giving you.
18Put these words of mine in your hearts and in your soul, and tie them on your wrists as signs and as symbols on your forehead. 19Teach them to your children by talking about them when you sit in your house and when you travel on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21so that your days and the days of your children may be many on the land that the Lord promised to your fathers with an oath, as many as the days that the heavens remain over the earth.
22If you carefully keep the whole set of commandments that I am giving you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and clinging to him, 23then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will take possession of nations larger and stronger than you.
24Every place where the sole of your foot walks will be yours. From the Wilderness to Lebanon, from the River—the River Euphrates—to the Mediterranean Sea,[] all of it will be your territory.
25No one will be able to stand up to you. The Lord your God will put the fear and dread of you over the whole land on which you walk, just as he promised you.
26You see, I am placing before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, 28or the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God and you turn away from the path that I am commanding you today by walking after other gods whom you did not know.
29When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and possess, you are to pronounce the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. 30As you know, they are on the other side of the Jordan, beyond the west road,[] toward the setting sun, in the land of the Canaanites that live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, by the oaks of Moreh.
31You are about to cross over the Jordan to go in and take the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You will take it and live in it. 32But be careful to carry out all the statutes and the ordinances that I am giving you today.


  • 11:10 Literally by foot, referring to using one's foot to dig a furrow through which the water could run
  • 11:24 Hebrew the Western Sea
  • 11:30 The meaning of this phrase is uncertain.