The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 29:1–29

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These are the words of the covenant which YHWH 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 YHWH did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;

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the great trials which thine eyes saw, the signs and those great wonders;

The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles

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but YHWH hath not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Yet the Lord God has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day.

But the Lord has not given you an understanding heart, and seeing eyes, and ears that are able to hear, even to this present day.

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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.

And he led you forty years in the wilderness; your garments did not grow old, and your sandals were not worn away off your feet.

He led you for forty years through the desert. Your garments have not been worn out, nor have the shoes on your feet been consumed by age.

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Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink; that ye might know that I am YHWH your God.

Ye did not eat bread, ye did not drink wine or strong drink, that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.

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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 ye came as far as this place; and there came forth Seon king of Esebon, and Og king of Basan, to meet us in war.

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And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the Manassites.

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Observe therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may make all that ye do to prosper.

And ye shall take heed to do all the words of this covenant, that ye may understand all things that ye shall do.

Therefore, keep the words of this covenant, and fulfill them, so that you may understand all that you are doing.

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10  Ye are standing this day all of you before YHWH your God: your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel,

10  Today, you all stand in the sight of the Lord your God: your leaders, and tribes, and those greater by birth, and teachers, all the people of Israel,

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11  your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in the midst of thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water;

11  your wives, and your children, and the stranger who is in the midst of your camp, from your hewer of wood even to your drawer of water,

11  your children and wives, and the new arrival who dwells with you in the camp, aside from those who cut wood, and those who bring water,

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12  that thou shouldest enter into the covenant of YHWH thy God--and into His oath--which the YHWH thy God maketh with thee this day;

12  so that you may cross into the covenant of the Lord your God, and into the oath which the Lord your God strikes with you today.

12  That you may not transgress the covenant of the LORD your God, and the oath of the LORD your God, which he made with you this day;

13  that He may establish thee this day unto Himself for a people, and that He may be unto thee a God, as He spoke unto thee, and as He swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

13  So shall he raise you up as a people to himself, and so shall he be your God, just as he has spoken to you, and just as he swore to your fathers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

13  Because he will establish you this day a people to himself, and he will be to you the God, as he has promised you, and as he has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

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14  Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;

14  And I do not appoint to you alone this covenant and this oath;

14  And I am not forming this covenant and confirm these oaths with you alone,

15  but with him that standeth here with us this day before YHWH our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day--

15  but to those also who are here with you to-day before the Lord your God, and to those who are not here with you to-day.

15  but with all those who are present as well as those who are absent.

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16  for ye know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the midst of the nations through which ye passed;

16  (For you know how we have sojourned in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which you passed by;

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17  and ye have seen their detestable things, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were with them--

17  you saw their abominations and filth, that is, their idols of wood and of stone, of silver and of gold, which they worshipped,

17  And you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood and stone, overlaid with silver and gold).

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18  lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from YHWH our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

18  Perhaps there is among you a man or woman or family or tribe whose heart turns away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; or perhaps there is among you a root that springs up and bears poison and wormwood;

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19  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 stubbornness of my heart--that the watered be swept away with the dry';

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20  YHWH will not be willing to pardon him, but then the anger of the YHWH and His jealousy shall be kindled against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven;

20  But the Lord would not ignore him. Instead, at that time, his fury and zealousness would be very greatly enflamed against that man, and all the curses which have been written in this volume would settle upon him. And the Lord would abolish his name from under heaven,

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21  and YHWH shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in this book of the law.

21  And the Lord shall separate that man for evil of all the children of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in the book of this law.

21  and consume him unto perdition out of all the tribes of Israel, according to the curses which are contained in the book of this law and in the covenant.

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22  And the generation to come, your children that shall rise up after you, and the foreigner that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses wherewith YHWH hath made it sick;

22  And the subsequent generation would speak out, along with the sons who will be born afterward. And the sojourners, who will arrive from far away, will see the plagues of that land and the infirmities with which the Lord will have afflicted it,

23  and that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which YHWH overthrew in His anger, and in His wrath;

23  having burned it with sulphur and molten salt, so that it can no longer be sown. And certainly no greenery would spring up, as in the example of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overturned with his wrath and fury.

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24  even all the nations shall say 'Wherefore hath YHWH done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?'

24  and all the nations shall say, Why has the Lord done thus to this land? what is this great fierceness of anger?

24  And so, all the nations would say: ‘Why has the Lord acted this way toward this land? What is this immense wrath of his fury?’

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25  then men shall say: 'Because they forsook the covenant of YHWH, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them forth out of the land of Egypt;

25  And they will respond: ‘Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, which he formed with their fathers, when he led them away from the land of Egypt.

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26  and went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods that they knew not, and that He had not allotted unto them;

26  and they went and served other gods, which they knew not, neither did he assign them to them.

26  For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them

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27  therefore the anger of YHWH was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curse that is written in this book;

27  And the Lord was exceedingly angry with that land to bring upon it according to all the curses which are written in the book of this law.

27  For this reason, the fury of the Lord was enraged against this land, so as to lead over it all the curses which have been written in this volume.

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28  and YHWH 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'.--

28  And he has cast them out of their own land, with anger and fury, and with a very great indignation, and he has thrown them into a strange land, just as has been proven this day.’

29  The secret things belong unto YHWH our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

29  These hidden things of the Lord our God have been revealed to us and to our sons in perpetuity, so that we may accomplish all the words of this law.”