These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to
make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant
which he made with them in Horeb.||
And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all
that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and
unto all his servants, and unto all his land;||
The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those
Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and
ears to hear, unto this day.||
(29:5a) "I have led you forty years in the wilderness."|
It took the Israelites 40 years to travel from Egypt to Canaan, yet such a journey, even at that time,
would have taken no more than a few weeks.
(29:5b) "Your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot."
The shoes and clothing of the Israelites
didn't wear out even after wandering in the wilderness for forty years. They
just don't make them like they used to!
And I have led you
forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and
thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.
Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that
ye might know that I am the LORD your God.
And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the
king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them:
And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the
Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.||
Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may
prosper in all that ye do.||
Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of
your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,||
Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from
the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:||
That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into
his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day:||
That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he
may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto
thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.||
Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;||
But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God,
and also with him that is not here with us this day:||
(For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came
through the nations which ye passed by;||
And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone,
silver and gold, which were among them:)||
If you serve the gods of other nations, or decide to follow your own heart, "all the curses that are in
this book" will fall upon you -- and that's a heck of a lot of curses! (See Deuteronomy 28:15-68)
(29:18) "Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations,"
(29:19) "When he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart,"
(29:20a) "The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him."
(29:20b) "The LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven."
Does Hell exist?
Following Your Own Moral Compass
Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose
heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods
of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he
bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the
imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
The LORD will not
spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke
against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie
upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel,
according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of
So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after
you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they
see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that
it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the
overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD
overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this
land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?||
Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD
God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out
of the land of Egypt:||
For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they
knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:||
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it
all the curses that are written in this book:||
And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in
great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.||
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are
revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the
words of this law.||