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11 “And you shall love your God Jehovah and keep his charge, his usages and his laws and his commandments, through all time. 2 And you shall recognize today that it was not with your sons, who had not known nor seen your God Jehovah’s discipline, his greatness, his strong hand and outstretched arm 3 and his tokens and his deeds that he did inside of Egypt to King Pharaoh of Egypt and all his country, 4 and that he did to the Egyptian troops, their ponies and their chariots, over whose faces he rolled the water of the Red Sea when they pursued you; Jehovah destroyed them, and it is so to this day; 5 and what he did to you in the wilderness until you came to this place, 6 and what he did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab the son of Reuben, how the earth gaped and swallowed them and their families and their tents and all the beings they had at their back in the midst all Israel; 7 but it is your eyes that have seen all Jehovah’s great work that he has done. 8 And you shall keep all the commandment I am enjoining upon you today, in order that you may be strong and go in and take possession of the country you are going over into to take possession of it, 9 and in order that you may have a long time on the soil Jehovah swore to your fathers to give to them and their descendants, a country that runs milk and honey. 10 “For the country you are going into to take possession of it not like the Egypt you have come out of, where you sow your seed and water it with your feet like a vegetable garden, 11 but the country you are going into to take possession of it is a country of mountains and vales, that drinks rainwater from the sky, 12 a country that your God Jehovah cares for, which has your God Jehovah’s eye on it always from year’s beginning to year’s end. 13 And if you obey all my commands that I am enjoining upon you today, loving your God Jehovah and serving him with all your hearts and souls, 14* I will give your country its rain in season, fall rains and spring rains, and you shall gather your grain and grape-juice and oil; 15* and I will give herbage on your range for your cattle; and you shall eat your fill. 16 Take care not to be so simpleminded that you turn off and worship other gods and do them reverence, 17 and Jehovah be angry with you and bar the sky so that there is no rain and the soil does not give its growth, and you perish quickly off the good country Jehovah is giving you. 18 But fix these words of mine in your hearts and souls, and tie them as a token on your arms and have them as amulets between your eyes, 19 and teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house and when you are walking on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up, 20 and write them on the jambs of your house doors and on your gates, 21 in order that you and your children may have as many days on the soil that Jehovah swore to your fathers to give you as the days of the sky over the earth. 22 “For if you do keep all this commandment that I am enjoining you to abide by, loving your God Jehovah, walking altogether in his ways and holding fast to him, 23 Jehovah will dispossess all these nations before you and you shall take the possessions of nations greater and more numerous than yourselves. 24 Every place that your foot treads on shall be yours: from the wilderness and the Lebanon, from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea, shall be your territory. 25 Not a man shall stand his ground before you; your God Jehovah will spread the dread and fear of you over all the country you tread on, as he promised you. 26 “Look, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing for listening to your God Jehovah’s commandments that I am enjoining on you today, 28 and the curse if you do not listen to your God Jehovah’s commandments but turn off from the path I am enjoining on you today, following other gods that you have never known. 29 And when your God Jehovah brings you into the country you are coming into to take possession of it you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizzim and the curse on Mount ʽEbal— 30 they are across the Jordan beyond the West Road, in the country of the Canaanites that live in the Rift Valley, opposite the Gilgal, alongside the Oak of Moreh. 31 For you are crossing the Jordan to go in to take possession of the country your God Jehovah is giving you, and are to possess it and live in it, 32 and you are to take care to live up to all the usages and laws I am setting before you today.