The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 29:9–20

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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,