Deuteronomy 30

1“All these things I have said will happen to you. You will have good things from the blessings, and you will have bad things from the curses. The Lord your God will send you away to other nations. Then you will think about these things. 2At that time, you and your descendants will return to the Lord your God. You will follow him with all your heart and completely obey all his commands that I have given you today. 3Then the Lord your God will be kind to you. The Lord will make you free again! He will bring you back from those nations where he sent you. 4Even if you were sent to the farthest parts of the earth, the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back from there. 5The Lord will bring you into the land your ancestors had, and the land will become yours. The Lord will do good to you, and you will have more than your ancestors had. You will have more people in your nation than they ever had. 6The Lord your God will make you and your descendants want to obey him. Then you will love the Lord with all your heart. And you will live! 7“Then the Lord your God will make all those bad things happen to your enemies. Why? Because those people hate you and give you trouble. 8And you will again obey the Lord. You will obey all his commands that I give you today. 9The Lord your God will make you successful in everything you do. He will bless you with many children. He will bless your cows—they will have many baby calves. He will bless your fields—they will grow many good crops. The Lord will be good to you. The Lord will again enjoy doing good for you, the same as he enjoyed doing good for your ancestors. 10But you must do the things that the Lord your God tells you to do. You must obey his commands and follow the rules that are written in this Book of Teachings. You must obey the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Then these good things will happen to you. 11“This command that I give you today is not too hard for you. It is not far off. 12This command is not in heaven so that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it to us, so that we can hear and do it?’ 13This command is not on the other side of the sea so that you should say, 'Who will go across the sea for us and bring it to us, so that we can hear it and do it?’ 14No, the word is very near to you! It is in your mouth and in your heart. So you can obey it! 15“Today I have given you a choice between life and death, good and evil. 16I command you today to love the Lord your God. I command you to follow him and to obey his commands, laws, and rules. Then you will live, and your nation will grow larger. And the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take for your own. 17But if you turn away from the Lord and refuse to listen—if you are led away to worship and serve other gods, 18then you will be destroyed. I am warning you! If you turn away from the Lord, you will not live long in that land across the Jordan River that you are ready to enter and take for your own. 19“Today I am giving you a choice of two ways. And I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses of your choice. You can choose life or death. The first choice will bring a blessing. The other choice will bring a curse. So choose life! Then you and your children will live. 20You must love the Lord your God and obey him. Never leave him! Why? Because the Lord is your life. And the Lord will give you a long life in the land that he promised to give to your ancestors—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

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