¶ All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe
to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which
the LORD sware unto your fathers.
2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
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All the commandments Literally "each commandment." de0711.
2 - Remember the way Good advice for all of us. It's easy to become discouraged but, in recalling His leading, we may be confident that He cares and that His promises are sure.
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna,
which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make
thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
.4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
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Not live by bread only Life now and in eternity is by the power
and direction of God. We live spiritually as well as physically. See Jesus'
use of this verse lu0404.
The Protestant cry of the Reformation was Sola Scriptura meaning
"only by Scripture. In comparison we have "only by grace." Remembering
that we must accept and apply grace.
4 - Thy raiment God provides. de2905, ne0921.
4 - Foot swell "Swell" is from an obscure Hebrew word. The noun from the same root is translated "dough" which swells. Perhaps blisters is what Moses wrote about.
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his
son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
.7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
.9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
5 - Chasteneth Although uncomfortable, the trials are sent to perfect our character. he1205, re0319. The Greek verb for "prove" in 2co0808, 1ti0310 generally means testing to meet a standard. See jb2310, je0907.
5 - Son Too often parents punish in anger. This teaches anger and hate co0321.
6 - Walk in his ways See ex1820, 1ki0314.
7 - Good land Not a desert like it is today de1117.
9 - Dig brass This alloy of copper and zinc unknown at that time. Archaeologists have found copper mines.
Illustration is of an oliv p, Hurlbut's Life of Christ, 1915
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and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land
which he hath given thee.
.11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
|11 - Commandments ... judgments ... statutes These were before Sinai ge2605.|
Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which
brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
- Forget the Lord "Great prosperity is peculiarly apt to make men
proud, and lead them so to trust in themselves and neglect God and his
service, as to harden their hearts and increase their exposure to ruin.
De 8:17." (Family Bible Notes).
15 - Terrible wilderness See de0119.
15 - Serpents See nu2106.
15 - Drought Or "thirsty ground." ps10733, is3507.
15 - Flint Also in de3213, ps11408. Also consider jos0502, is5007.
16 - Latter end Rather, "in the end" when the goal would be reached.
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee
power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware
unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
.19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.
- Power to get wealth And we want to protect ourselves by not returning
some of it to the Lord for His mission on earth?
19 - Forget the Lord ... other gods The advice is for us, too, even though we may not worship carved images.