The Covenant Renewed in Moab

Deuteronomy 29

1 1 These are the words of the covenant that the Lord commanded Moses to make with the people of Israel c in the land of Moab, besides d the covenant that he had made with them at Horeb.

2 2 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: e "You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 3 the great f trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. 4 But to this day g the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. 5 h I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet. 6 i You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. 7 And when you came to this place, j Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out against us to battle, but we defeated them. 8 We took their land and k gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites. 9 l Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper 3 in all that you do.

10 "You are standing today all of you before the Lord your God: the heads of your tribes, 4 your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the m sojourner who is in your camp, from n the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 so that you may enter into the o sworn covenant of the Lord your God, which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 that he may p establish you today as his people, and that q he may be your God, as he promised you, and r as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14 It is not with you alone s that I am making this sworn covenant, 15 but with whoever is standing here with us today before the Lord our God, t and with whoever is not here with us today.

16 "You know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed. 17 And you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them. 18 Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you u a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, 19 one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, 'I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.' This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike. 20 The Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but rather v the anger of the Lord and w his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the Lord x will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law. 22 And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, y will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick - 23 the whole land burned out with brimstone and z salt, nothing sown and nothing growing, where no plant can sprout, a an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, b Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and wrath - 24 all the nations c will say, d 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?' 25 Then people will say, 'It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt, 26 and went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them. 27 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, e bringing upon it all the curses written in this book, 28 and the Lord f uprooted them from their land in anger and fury and great wrath, and g cast them into another land, as they are this day.'

29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 1:5
    Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to explain this law, saying.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 5:2 - 3
    The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 19:4
    You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.
    Joshua 23:3
    And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:34
    Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 6:9 - 10
    And he said, "Go, and say to this people: "'Kee...
    Isaiah 63:17
    O Lord, why do you make us wander from your way...
    John 8:43
    Why do you not understand what I say? It is bec...
    Acts 28:26 - 27
    'Go to this people, and say, You will indeed he...
    Romans 11:8
    As it is written, "God gave them a spirit of st...
    Romans 11:10
    Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot ...
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 1:3
    In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him in commandment to them.
    Deuteronomy 8:2
    And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
    Deuteronomy 8:4
    Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years.
    Amos 2:10
    Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
    Acts 13:18
    And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 8:3
    And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
    Exodus 16:4
    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 2:24
    Rise up, set out on your journey and go over th...
    Deuteronomy 2:26
    So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Ked...
    Deuteronomy 2:32
    Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his ...
    Deuteronomy 3:1
    Then we turned and went up the way to Bashan. A...
    Numbers 21:21 - 24
    Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of th...
    Numbers 21:33 - 35
    Then they turned and went up by the way to Bash...
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 3:12 - 13
    When we took possession of this land at that time, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory beginning at Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead with its cities.
    Numbers 32:33
    And Moses gave to them, to the people of Gad and to the people of Reuben and to the half-tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land and its cities with their territories, the cities of the land throughout the country.
  10. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:6
    Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 12:38
    A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very much livestock, both flocks and herds.
  12. Cross References
    Joshua 9:21
    And the leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became cutters of wood and drawers of water for all the congregation, just as the leaders had said of them.
    Joshua 9:23
    Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall never be anything but servants, cutters of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.
    Joshua 9:27
    But Joshua made them that day cutters of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord, to this day, in the place that he should choose.
  13. Cross References
    Nehemiah 10:29
    Join with their brothers, their nobles, and enter into a curse and an oath to walk in God's Law that was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord and his rules and his statutes.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:9
    The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 6:7
    I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
  16. Cross References
    Genesis 17:7
    And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
    Genesis 50:24
    And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
  17. Cross References
    Jeremiah 31:31 - 33
    Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
    Hebrews 8:8 - 10
    For he finds fault with them when he says: "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
  18. Cross References
    Acts 2:39
    For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.
  19. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:15
    See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 74:1
    O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 79:5
    How long, O Lord ? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:14
    Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.
  23. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:24
    All the nations will say, 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?
  24. Cross References
    Judges 9:45
    And Abimelech fought against the city all that day. He captured the city and killed the people who were in it, and he razed the city and sowed it with salt.
    Jeremiah 17:6
    He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
    Ezekiel 47:11
    But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.
    Zephaniah 2:9
    Therefore, as I live," declares the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, "Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste forever. The remnant of my people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them.
  25. Cross References
    Genesis 19:24 - 25
    Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.
    Jeremiah 20:16
    Let that man be like the cities that the Lord overthrew without pity; let him hear a cry in the morning and an alarm at noon.
    Jeremiah 49:18
    As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities were overthrown, says the Lord, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her.
    Jeremiah 50:40
    As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities, declares the Lord, so no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her.
    2 Peter 2:6
    If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly.
  26. Cross References
    Genesis 14:2
    These kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).
    Hosea 11:8
    How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.
  27. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:22
    And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick -
  28. Cross References
    1 Kings 9:8 - 9
    And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, 'Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?
    Jeremiah 22:8 - 9
    "'And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor, "Why has the Lord dealt thus with this great city?"
  29. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:15 - 68
    But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.
    Leviticus 26:14 - 39
    But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments.
    Daniel 9:11 - 14
    All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him.
  30. Cross References
    1 Kings 14:15
    The Lord will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and root up Israel out of this good land that he gave to their fathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the Lord to anger.
    2 Chronicles 7:20
    Then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
    Jeremiah 12:14
    Thus says the Lord concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the heritage that I have given my people Israel to inherit: "Behold, I will pluck them up from their land, and I will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.
  31. Cross References
    Jeremiah 22:26
    I will hurl you and the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die.
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