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Deuteronomy 8:1-20

8  “All the commandment I am enjoining on you today you shall take care to live up to, in order that you may live and multiply and go in and take possession of the country Jehovah swore to your fathers; 2  and you shall remember all the road your God Jehovah took you over through these forty years in the wilderness in order to tame you, to test you to know what you had in your hearts, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3*  And he kept you under, and had you go hungry, and had you eat the manna, which you had never been acquainted with, nor your fathers either, in order to have you know that man is not to live by bread alone; man is to live by everything that comes out of Jehovah’s mouth. 4*  Your cloak did not give out nor your foot blister, these forty years. 5  And you shall be conscious that as a man disciplines his son your God is disciplining you, 6  and you shall keep your God Jehovah’s commandments, walking in his ways and fearing him. 7  “For your God Jehovah is bringing you into a good country, a country of watercourses, springs and floods coming out in vale and hill; 8  a country of wheat and barley and grapevine and fig-tree and pomegranate, a country of oil-olives and honey; 9  a country in which you shall eat bread without privation, shall not want for anything; a country whose stones are iron and out of whose mountains you shall mine copper; 10  and you shall eat your fill and bless your God Jehovah for the good country he has given you. 11  Beware that you do not forget your God Jehovah, not keeping his commandments and laws and usages that I am enjoining on you today; 12  that you do not eat your fill, and build good houses and live in them, 13  and have your herds and flocks increasing, and increasing stocks of silver and gold, and everything you have increasing, 14  and grow lofty and forget your God Jehovah who brought you out of Egypt, out of the slave-quarters, 15  and on through the terrible great wilderness of wildfire-snake and scorpion and of waterless desert, who brought out water for you from the pyrite rock, 16  who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers had never been acquainted with, in order to tame you and to test you for your future good, 17  and that you do not say to yourself ‘My power and the might of my arm has acquired this wealth for me’; 18  but remember your God Jehovah, because it is he who gives you power to acquire wealth, in order to make good his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as he is doing today. 19  But if you do forget your God Jehovah and follow other gods and worship them and do them reverence, I warn you today that you shall perish. 20  Like the nations Jehovah is destroying before you, so you shall perish, because you do not obey your God Jehovah.


8:3 Or does not live by bread alone; man lives
8:4 Lit. wear out off from you nor