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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Deuteronomy 8:1-20

8  “Every commandment that I am commanding you today YOU should be careful to keep,+ in order that YOU may continue living+ and indeed multiply and go in and take possession of the land about which Jehovah swore to YOUR forefathers.+  And you must remember all the way that Jehovah your God made you walk these forty years in the wilderness,+ in order to humble you,+ to put you to the test+ so as to know what was in your heart,+ as to whether you would keep his commandments or not.  So he humbled you and let you go hungry+ and fed you with the manna,+ which neither you had known nor your fathers had known; in order to make you know that not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.+  Your mantle did not wear out upon you, nor did your foot become swollen these forty years.+  And you well know with your own heart that just as a man corrects his son, Jehovah your God was correcting you.+  “And you must keep the commandments of Jehovah your God by walking in his ways+ and by fearing him.+  For Jehovah your God is bringing you into a good land,+ a land of torrent valleys of water, springs and watery deeps* issuing forth in the valley plain+ and in the mountainous region,  a land of wheat and barley and vines and figs and pomegranates,+ a land of oil olives and honey,+  a land in which you will not eat bread with scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land the stones of which are iron and out of the mountains of which you will mine copper. 10  “When you have eaten and satisfied yourself,+ you must also bless+ Jehovah your God for the good land that he has given you.+ 11  Watch out for yourself that you may not forget+ Jehovah your God so as not to keep his commandments and his judicial decisions and his statutes that I am commanding you today;+ 12  for fear that you may eat and indeed satisfy yourself, and you may build good houses and indeed dwell in them,+ 13  and your herd and your flock may increase, and silver and gold may increase for you, and all that is yours may increase; 14  and your heart may indeed be lifted up+ and you may indeed forget Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slaves;+ 15  who caused you to walk through the great and fear-inspiring wilderness,+ with poisonous* serpents+ and scorpions* and with thirsty ground that has no water; who brought forth water for you out of the flinty rock;+ 16  who fed you with manna+ in the wilderness, which your fathers had not known, in order to humble you+ and in order to put you to the test so as to do you good in your afterdays;+ 17  and you do say in your heart, ‘My own power and the full might of my own hand have made this wealth for me.’+ 18  And you must remember Jehovah your God, because he is the giver of power to you to make wealth;+ in order to carry out his covenant that he swore to your forefathers, as at this day.+ 19  “And it must occur that if you should at all forget Jehovah your God and you should actually walk after other gods and serve them and bow down to them, I do bear witness against YOU today that YOU people will absolutely perish.+ 20  Like the nations that Jehovah is destroying from before YOU, that is the way YOU will perish, because YOU will not listen to the voice of Jehovah YOUR God.+


“And watery deeps (great quantities of water).” Heb., theho·moth′, pl., as in Sam.
Or, “fiery; inflammation-causing.” LXX, “stinging; biting”; Vg, “fiery (burning) in breath.”
Lit., “And fighter.” Heb., weʽaq·rav′; Lat., et scor′pi·o.