Bishops' Bible

Deuteronomy 11

An exhortation to obedience,

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt loue ye Lord thy God, & kepe his obseruannces, his ordinaunces, his lawes, & his commaudementes alway.

by their own experience of God's great works,

Deuteronomy 11:2 Know you this day, (for I speake not to your chyldren which haue neither knowen nor seene) the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatnesse, his mightie hande, and his stretched out arme, Deuteronomy 11:3 His miracles and his actes whiche he dyd in the middes of Egypt, euen vnto Pharao the king of Egypt, and vnto all his lande: Deuteronomy 11:4 And what he dyd vnto the hoast of Egypt, vnto their horses and charets: howe he brought the water of the red sea vpon them as they pursued you behinde, and how the Lord hath brought them to naught vnto this day: Deuteronomy 11:5 And what he did vnto you in the wildernesse, vntill ye came vnto this place: Deuteronomy 11:6 And what he dyd vnto Dathan and Abiram the sonnes of Eliab the sonne of Ruben: howe the earth opened her mouth and swalowed them, with their housholdes & their tentes, and all their substaunce that was in their possession, in the middes of Israel. Deuteronomy 11:7 Doubtlesse, your eyes haue seene all the great actes of the Lorde whiche he dyd.

and by promise of God's great blessings.

Deuteronomy 11:8 Therefore shall ye kepe all the commaundementes whiche I commaunde thee this day, that ye may be strong and go in and possesse the lande whyther ye go to possesse it: Deuteronomy 11:9 And that ye may prolong your dayes in the lande whiche the Lorde sware vnto your fathers, to geue vnto them and to their seede, a lande that floweth with mylke and honie.

Deuteronomy 11:10 For the lande whyther thou goest to possesse it, is not as the lande of Egypt that ye came out of, where thou sowedst thy seede, and wateredst it with thy feete, as a garden of hearbes. Deuteronomy 11:11 But the lande whyther ye go ouer to possesse it, is a lande that hath hylles and valleys, and drinketh water of the rayne of heauen. Deuteronomy 11:12 This lande doth the Lorde thy God care for, and the eyes of the Lorde thy God are alwayes vpon it, from the beginning of the yere, vnto the ende of the yere.

A careful study is required in God's Words.

Deuteronomy 11:13 If you shall hearken therefore vnto my commaundementes which I commaunde you this day, that ye loue the Lorde your God, and serue hym with all your heart, and with all your soule: Deuteronomy 11:14 I also wyll geue rayne vnto your lande in due season, the first rayne and the latter, that thou mayest gather in thy corne, thy wine, and thyne oyle. Deuteronomy 11:15 And I will sende grasse in thy fieldes for thy cattel, that thou mayest eate and fyll thy selfe.

An exhortation to obedience by threatenings.

Deuteronomy 11:16 But beware that your heart deceaue you not, and ye turne asyde, and serue straunge gods, and worship them: Deuteronomy 11:17 And then the Lorde beyng wroth agaynst you, shut vp the heauen that there be no rayne, and that your lande yelde not her fruite, and lest ye perishe quickly from of the good lande whiche the Lorde geueth you.

Deuteronomy 11:18 Therefore shall ye put vp these my wordes in your heart & in your soule, and binde them for a signe vpon your hande, that they may be as a frontlet betweene your eyes. Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teache them your chyldren, that they may talke of them when thou sittest in thyne house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou lyest downe, and when thou risest vp. Deuteronomy 11:20 Yea, and thou shalt wryte them vpon the doore postes of thyne house, and vpon thy gates: Deuteronomy 11:21 That your dayes may be multiplied, and the dayes of your chyldren, in the lande which the Lord sware vnto your fathers to geue them as long as the dayes of heauen last vpon the earth.

Deuteronomy 11:22 For if ye kepe all these commaundementes whiche I commaunde you, so that ye do them: namely, that ye loue the Lorde your God, and walke in all his wayes, and cleaue vnto hym: Deuteronomy 11:23 Then wyll the Lord cast out all these nations before you, and ye shalbe the heyres of great nations, and of them that are mightier then your selues. Deuteronomy 11:24 All the places whereon the soles of your feete shall treade, shalbe yours: euen from the wyldernesse, and from Libanon, and fro the riuer Euphrates, euen vnto the vttermost sea shal your coast be. Deuteronomy 11:25 There shall no man be able to stande before you: for the Lord your God shall cast the feare and dread of you vpon all the lande that ye shall treade vpon, as he hath sayde vnto you.

The blessing and curse is set before them.

Deuteronomy 11:26 Beholde, I set before you this day, a blessing and a curse: Deuteronomy 11:27 A blessing, if ye obay the commaundementes of the Lord your God which I commaunde you this day: Deuteronomy 11:28 And a curse, if ye wyll not obay the commaundemeutes of the Lorde your God, but turne out of the way whiche I commaunde you this day, to go after straunge gods whiche ye haue not knowen. Deuteronomy 11:29 When the Lorde thy God therefore hath brought thee into the lande whyther thou goest to possesse it, thou shalt put the blessing vpon mount Garizim, and the curse vpon mount Ebal. Deuteronomy 11:30 Are not these mountaynes on the other side Iordane, on that part of the way where the sunne goeth downe, in the lande of the Chanaanites, whiche dwell in the playne ouer against Gilgal besyde the groue of Moreh? Deuteronomy 11:31 For ye shall passe ouer Iordane, to go in and possesse the lande whiche the Lorde your God geueth you, and ye shall possesse it, and dwell therein. Deuteronomy 11:32 Take heede therfore that ye do all the commaundementes and lawes whiche I set before you this day.

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