An exhortation to obedience,
Deuteronomy 11:1 'And thou hast loved Jehovah thy God, and kept His charge, and His statutes, and His judgments, and His commands, all the days;
by their own experience of God's great works,
Deuteronomy 11:2 and ye have known to-dayfor it is not your sons who have not known, and who have not seen the chastisement of Jehovah your God, His greatness, His strong hand, and His stretched-out arm, Deuteronomy 11:3 and His signs, and His doings, which He hath done in the midst of Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to all his land; Deuteronomy 11:4 and that which He hath done to the force of Egypt, to its horses, and to its chariot, when He hath caused the waters of the Red Sea to flow against their faces in their pursuing after them, and Jehovah destroyeth them, unto this day; Deuteronomy 11:5 and that which He hath done to you in the wilderness, till your coming in unto this place; Deuteronomy 11:6 and that which He hath done to Dathan, and to Abiram, sons of Eliab, sons of Reuben, when the earth hath opened her mouth and swalloweth them, and their houses, and their tents, and all that liveth, which is at their feet, in the midst of all Israel: Deuteronomy 11:7 'But [it is] your eyes which are seeing all the great work of Jehovah, which He hath done;
and by promise of God's great blessings.
Deuteronomy 11:8 and ye have kept all the command which I am commanding thee to-day, so that ye are strong, and have gone in, and possessed the land whither ye are passing over to possess it, Deuteronomy 11:9 and so that ye prolong days on the ground which Jehovah hath sworn to your fathers to give to them and to their seeda land flowing with milk and honey.
Deuteronomy 11:10 'For the land whither thou art going in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt whence ye have come out, where thou sowest thy seed, and hast watered with thy foot, as a garden of the green herb; Deuteronomy 11:11 but the land whither ye are passing over to possess it, [is] a land of hills and valleys; of the rain of the heavens it drinketh water; Deuteronomy 11:12 a land which Jehovah thy God is searching; continually [are] the eyes of Jehovah thy God upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the latter end of the year.
A careful study is required in God's Words.
Deuteronomy 11:13 'And it hath beenif thou hearken diligently unto My commands which I am commanding you to-day, to love Jehovah your God, and to serve Him with all your heart, and with all your soul Deuteronomy 11:14 that I have given the rain of your land in its seasonsprinkling and gatheredand thou hast gathered thy corn, and thy new wine, and thine oil, Deuteronomy 11:15 and I have given herbs in thy field for thy cattle, and thou hast eaten, and been satisfied.
An exhortation to obedience by threatenings.
Deuteronomy 11:16 'Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be enticed, and ye have turned aside, and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them, Deuteronomy 11:17 and the anger of Jehovah hath burned against you, and He hath restrained the heavens, and there is no rain, and the ground doth not give her increase, and ye have perished hastily from off the good land which Jehovah is giving to you.
Deuteronomy 11:18 'And ye have placed these my words on your heart, and on your soul, and have bound them for a sign on your hand, and they have been for frontlets between your eyes; Deuteronomy 11:19 and ye have taught them to your sons, by speaking of them in thy sitting in thy house, and in thy going in the way, and in thy lying down, and in thy rising up, Deuteronomy 11:20 and hast written them on the side-posts of thy house, and on thy gates, Deuteronomy 11:21 so that your days are multiplied, and the days of your sons, on the ground which Jehovah hath sworn to your fathers to give to them, as the days of the heavens on the earth.
Deuteronomy 11:22 'For, if ye diligently keep all this command which I am commanding youto do it, to love Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him, Deuteronomy 11:23 then hath Jehovah dispossessed all these nations from before you, and ye have possessed nations, greater and mightier than you; Deuteronomy 11:24 every place on which the sole of your foot treadeth is yours; from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river, the river Phrat, even unto the farther sea is your border; Deuteronomy 11:25 no man doth station himself in your presence; your dread and your fear doth Jehovah your God put on the face of all the land on which ye tread, as He hath spoken to you.
The blessing and curse is set before them.
Deuteronomy 11:26 'See, I am setting before you to-day a blessing and a reviling: Deuteronomy 11:27 the blessing, when ye hearken unto the commands of Jehovah your God, which I am commanding you to-day; Deuteronomy 11:28 and the reviling, if ye do not hearken unto the commands of Jehovah your God, and have turned aside out of the way which I am commanding you to-day, to go after other gods which ye have not known. Deuteronomy 11:29 'And it hath been, when Jehovah thy God doth bring thee in unto the land whither thou art going in to possess it, that thou hast given the blessing on mount Gerizim, and the reviling on mount Ebal; Deuteronomy 11:30 are they not beyond the Jordan, behind the way of the going in of the sun, in the land of the Canaanite, who is dwelling in the plain over-against Gilgal, near the oaks of Moreh? Deuteronomy 11:31 for ye are passing over the Jordan to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God is giving to you; and ye have possessed it, and dwelt in it, Deuteronomy 11:32 and observed to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you to day.