Deuteronomy Chapter 8

Moses tells the Israelites that they are to remember how God led them for forty years while they were in the wilderness, and that this was to not only humble them, but also to test their hearts. He tells them their clothing did not have to be replaced and their feet did not swell. They are to understand that God discipline them the same way a father will discipline his own son.

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Being Grateful to God

He goes on to say they should obey all of God’s commands, be obedient, and to always worship Him. God has been good to them and given them a fruitful land to call their own. Moses tells them they should give praise to God after they have eaten.

He tells them they should always be grateful to God for their land, homes, food, herds, flocks, silver and gold, especially when they have increased. Moses says they need to be careful, not to become too proud, and to remember God because He brought them out of slavery.

God Provided for the Israelites

Moses reminds them that God had led them out of the wilderness when they were thirsty in a waterless land that had venomous scorpions and snakes. God provided water for them from a hard rock. He also gave them manna when they were hungry in the wilderness, and this was something their ancestors had never experienced. He tells them that God had humbled and tested them.

Instructions to Remember God

Moses tells them to remember God because He gave them the ability to create wealth by giving them strong hands and this also confirms the covenant He had made with their ancestors. Moses says that if the Israelites forget God or start to follow other gods, and worship them, then they will be destroyed just like the nations that God destroyed before them. Moses cautions the Israelites that God will do this to them if they do not obey His commandments.

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Deuteronomy 8 (King James Version)

1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.

2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;

8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;

9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;

13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

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