The Choice of Life and Death
"For this commandment that I command you today t is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.
u It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'
Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?'
But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
"See, v I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, w by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
But if x your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them,
y I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, z blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice a and holding fast to him, for b he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in c the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, 'Seek me in vain.' I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.
Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there." And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
Romans 10:6 - 8
But the righteousness based on faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down)
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:
For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.
And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
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 a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. You will not live long in it, but will be utterly destroyed.
And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you.
You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.
See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.