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Love and Obey the LORD YHWH...
`And you shall love YHWH your Elohim and guard His Charge:m even His laws, and His right-rulings, and His commands, always.
'And you shall know today - for it is not your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of YHWH your Elohim, His greatness, His strong hand and His outstretched arm,
and His signs, and His works which He had done in the midst of Mitsrayim, to Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim, and to all his land;
and that which He had done to the army of Mitsrayim, to their horses and their chariots, when He made the waters of the Sea of Reeds overflow them as they pursued you, and how YHWH has destroyed them to this day;
and what He had done for you in the wilderness till you came to this place;
and what He had done to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliyab, son of Re'uben, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the living creatures that were in their possession, in the midst of all Yisra'el.
'For yours are the eyes that saw all the great work of YHWH, which He did.
'And you shall guard every command which I command you today, so that you are strong, and shall go in, and shall possess the land which you are passing over to possess,
and to prolong your days in the land which YHWH swore to give your fathers, to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.
'For the land which you are going in to possess is not like the land of Mitsrayim from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden,
but the land which you are passing over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of the heavens,
a land which YHWH your Elohim looks after. The eyes of YHWH your Elohim are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the latter end of the year.
'And it shall be that if you diligently obey My commands which I command you today, to love YHWH your Elohim and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your being,
then I shall give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, and you shall gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil.
'And I shall give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be satisfied.
'Guard yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other mighty ones and bow down to them.
'Then the displeasure of YHWH shall burn against you, and He shall shut up the heavens, and there be no rain, and the land not give its increase. And you shall perish quickly from the good land which YHWH is giving you.
`And you shall lay up these Words of Mine in your heart and in your being, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
'And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up,
and shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
so that your days and the days of your children are increased on the soil of which YHWH swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens on the earth.
'For if you diligently guard all these commands which I command you, to do it, to love YHWH your Elohim, to walk in all His ways, and to cling to Him,
then YHWH shall drive out all these nations before you, and you shall dispossess greater and stronger nations than you.
'Every place on which the sole of your foot treads is yours: from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea is your border.
'No man shall stand against you. YHWH your Elohim shall put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, as He has spoken to you.
`See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:
the blessing, when you obey the commands of YHWH your Elohim which I command you today;
and the curse, if you do not obey the commands of YHWH your Elohim, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other mighty ones which you have not known.
'And it shall be, when YHWH your Elohim has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Eybal.
'Are they not beyond the Yarden, toward the setting sun, in the land of the Kena'anites who dwell in the desert plain opposite Gilgal, beside the terebinth trees of Moreh?
'For you are passing over the Yarden to go in to possess the land which YHWH your Elohim is giving you, and you shall possess it and dwell in it,
and shall guard to do all the laws and right-rulings which I am setting before you today.'