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The Wilderness

(Category 5 of 16)

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Blessings on Obedience


1 “Now it shall come to pass, aif you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God bwill set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and aovertake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
3 a“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be bin the country.
4 “Blessed shall be athe 1fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 a“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The LORD awill cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The LORD will acommand the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you bset your

CHAPTER 28 References

1 aEx. 15:26;
Lev. 26:3–13;
Deut. 7:12–26;
11:13 bDeut.
26:19; 1 Chr.
2 aDeut. 28:15
3 aPs. 128:1, 4
bGen. 39:5
4 aGen. 22:17
6 aPs. 121:8
7 aLev. 26:7, 8
8 aLev. 25:21
bDeut. 15:10
9 aEx. 19:5, 6
10 aNum. 6:27;
2 Chr. 7:14; Is.
63:19; Dan.
9:18, 19
bDeut. 11:25
11 aDeut. 30:9
12 aLev. 26:4;
Deut. 11:14
bDeut. 14:29
cDeut. 15:6
13 a[Is. 9:14,
15] 1listen to
14 aDeut. 5:32;
Josh. 1:7
15 aLev.
Josh. 23:15;
Dan. 9:10–14;
Mal. 2:2
18 1offspring
20 aMal. 2:2
bIs. 65:14 cPs.
80:16; Is.
21 1pestilence
22 aLev. 26:16
bAmos 4:9


hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
9 a“The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
10 “Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are acalled by the name of the LORD, and they shall be bafraid of you.
11 “And athe LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD 1swore to your fathers to give you.
12 “The LORD will open to you His good 1treasure, the heavens, ato give the rain to your land in its season, and bto bless all the work of your hand. cYou shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
13 “And the LORD will make ayou the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you 1heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
14 a“So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Curses on Disobedience

15 “But it shall come to pass, aif you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.
17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
18 “Cursed shall be the 1fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
20 “The LORD will send on you acursing, bconfusion, and crebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.
21 “The LORD will make the 1plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess.
22 a“The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with bscorching,1

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and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.
23 “And ayour heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron.
24 “The LORD will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
25 a“The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become 1troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.
26 a“Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away.
27 “The LORD will strike you with athe boils of Egypt, with btumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.
28 “The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and aconfusion of heart.
29 “And you shall agrope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.
30 a“You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; byou shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; cyou shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes.
31 “Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them.
32 “Your sons and your daughters shall be given to aanother people, and your eyes shall look and bfail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be 1no strength in your chand.
33 “A nation whom you have not known shall eat athe fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.
34 “So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see.
35 “The LORD will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
36 “The LORD will abring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and bthere you shall serve other gods—wood and stone.
37 “And you shall become aan1 astonishment, a proverb, band a by-

23 aLev. 26:19
25 aDeut. 32:30
1a terror
26 a1 Sam.
17:44; Ps. 79:2
27 aEx. 15:26
b1 Sam. 5:6
28 aJer. 4:9
29 aJob 5:14
30 a2 Sam.
12:11; Job
31:10; Jer.
8:10 bAmos
5:11; Zeph.
1:13 cDeut.
20:6; Job 31:8;
Jer. 12:13;
Mic. 6:15
32 a2 Chr. 29:9
bPs. 119:82
cNeh. 5:5
1nothing you
can do
33 aLev. 26:16;
Jer. 5:15, 17
36 a2 Kin. 17:4,
6; 24:12, 14;
25:7, 11;
2 Chr.
36:1–21; Jer.
39:1–9 bDeut.
4:28; Jer.
37 a1 Kin. 9:7,
8; Jer. 24:9;
25:9 bPs. 44:14
1a thing of
38 aMic. 6:15;
Hag. 1:6 bEx.
10:4; Joel 1:4
39 aZeph. 1:13
41 aLam. 1:5
42 1possess
45 1did not listen
46 aNum.
26:10; Is. 8:18;
Ezek. 14:8
47 aDeut. 12:7;
Neh. 9:35–37
bDeut. 32:15
48 aLam. 4:4–6
bJer. 28:13, 14
49 aIs. 5:26–30;
7:18–20; Jer.
5:15 bJer.
48:40; 49:22;
Lam. 4:19;
Hos. 8:1
50 a2 Chr.
52 a2 Kin. 25:1,
2, 4
53 aLev. 26:29;
2 Kin. 6:28,
29; Jer. 19:9;
Lam. 2:20;
4:10 1offspring

word among all nations where the LORD will drive you.
38 a“You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for bthe locust shall 1consume it.
39 “You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the awine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
40 “You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off.
41 “You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for athey shall go into captivity.
42 “Locusts shall 1consume all your trees and the produce of your land.
43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.
44 “He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you 1did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.
46 “And they shall be upon ayou for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.
47 a“Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, bfor the abundance of everything,
48 “therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in ahunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He bwill put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.
49 a“The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, bas swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand,
50 “a nation of fierce countenance, awhich does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young.
51 “And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.
52 “They shall abesiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you.
53 a“You shall eat the 1fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege

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and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.
54 “The 1sensitive and very refined man among you awill2 be hostile toward his brother, toward bthe wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,
55 “so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.
56 “The 1tender and 2delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, 3will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,
57 “her 1placenta which comes out afrom between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.
58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear athis glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD,
59 “then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants aextraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses.
60 “Moreover He will bring back on you all athe diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.
61 “Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the LORD bring upon you until you are destroyed.
62 “You ashall be left few in number, whereas you were bas the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.
63 “And it shall be, that just as the LORD arejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD bwill rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be cplucked1 from off the land which you go to possess.
64 “Then the LORD awill scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and bthere you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone.
65 “And aamong those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; bbut there the LORD will give you a 1trembling heart, failing eyes, and canguish of soul.
66 “Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life.

54 aDeut. 15:9
bDeut. 13:6
1Lit. tender
2Lit. his eye
shall be evil
56 1sensitive
2refined 3Lit.
her eye shall
be evil toward
57 aGen. 49:10
58 aEx. 6:3
59 aDan. 9:12
60 aDeut. 7:15
62 aDeut. 4:27
bDeut. 10:22;
Neh. 9:23
63 aDeut. 30:9;
Jer. 32:41
bProv. 1:26;
[Is. 1:24] cJer.
12:14; 45:4
64 aLev. 26:33;
Deut. 4:27, 28;
Neh. 1:8; Jer.
16:13; Amos
9:9 bDeut.
65 aLam. 1:3;
Amos 9:4
bLev. 26:36
cLev. 26:16
67 aJob 7:4
bDeut. 28:34
68 aJer. 43:7;
Hos. 8:13
bDeut. 17:16

CHAPTER 29 References

1 aLev. 26:46;
Deut. 5:2, 3
2 aEx. 19:4;
Deut. 11:7
3 aDeut. 4:34;
4 a[Is. 6:9, 10;
Ezek. 12:2];
Matt. 13:14;
[Acts 28:26,
27]; Rom.
11:8; [Eph.
4:18] 1understand
5 aDeut. 1:3;
8:2 bDeut. 8:4
6 aEx. 16:12;
Deut. 8:3
7 aNum. 21:23,
24; Deut.
8 aNum. 32:33;
Deut. 3:12, 13
9 aDeut. 4:6;
1 Kin. 2:3
bJosh. 1:7
11 aJosh. 9:21,
23, 27
12 aNeh. 10:29
13 aDeut. 28:9
bEx. 6:7 cGen.
17:7, 8


67 a“In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and bbecause of the sight which your eyes see.
68 “And the LORD awill take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, b‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

The Covenant Renewed in Moab


1 These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the acovenant which He made with them in Horeb.
2 Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: a“You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land
3 a“the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders.
4 “Yet athe LORD has not given you a heart to 1perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.
5 a“And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. bYour clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.
6 a“You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.
7 “And when you came to this place, aSihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out against us to battle, and we conquered them.
8 “We took their land and agave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh.
9 “Therefore akeep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may bprosper in all that you do.
10 “All of you stand today before the LORD your God: your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel,
11 “your little ones and your wives—also the stranger who is in your camp, from athe one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water—
12 “that you may enter into covenant with the LORD your God, and ainto His oath, which the LORD your God makes with you today,
13 “that He may aestablish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, bjust as He has spoken to you, and cjust as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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14 “I make this covenant and this oath, anot with you alone,
15 “but with him who stands here with us today before the LORD our God, aas well as with him who is not here with us today
16 (for you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we came through the nations which you passed by,
17 and you saw their 1abominations and their idols which were among them—wood and stone and silver and gold);
18 “so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, awhose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, band that there may not be among you a root bearing cbitterness or wormwood;
19 “and so it may not happen,when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I 1follow the adictates of my heart’— bas though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
20 a“The LORD would not spare him; for then bthe anger of the LORD and cHis jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the LORD dwould blot out his name from under heaven.
21 “And the LORD awould separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the bLaw,
22 “so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they asee the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the LORD has laid on it:
23 ‘The whole land is brimstone, asalt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, blike the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim,which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’
24 “All nations would say, a‘Why has the LORD done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’
25 “Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt;
26 ‘for they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them.
27 ‘Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against this land, ato bring on it every curse that is written in this book.

14 a[Jer. 31:31;
Heb. 8:7, 8] 15 aActs 2:39
17 1detestable
18 aDeut. 11:16
bHeb. 12:15
cDeut. 32:32;
Acts 8:23
19 aJer. 3:17;
7:24 bIs. 30:1
1walk in the
or imagination
20 aEzek. 14:7
bPs. 74:1 cPs.
79:5; Ezek.
23:25 dEx.
32:33; Deut.
9:14; 2 Kin.
21 a[Matt.
24:51] bDeut.
22 aJer. 19:8;
49:17; 50:13
23 aJer. 17:6;
Zeph. 2:9
bGen. 19:24,
25; Is. 1:9; Jer.
20:16; Hos.
24 a1 Kin. 9:8;
Jer. 22:8
27 aDan. 9:11
28 a1 Kin.
14:15; 2 Chr.
7:20; Ps. 52:5;
Prov. 2:22

28 ‘And the LORD auprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’
29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

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A Calm Resolve to Wait for the Salvation of God

To the Chief Musician. To aJeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1 TRULY amy soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my 1defense; I shall not be greatly amoved.2

3 How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, aLike a leaning wall and a tottering fence.
4 They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They adelight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah

5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my 1expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be 1moved.

PSALM 62 References

title a1 Chr.
1 aPs. 33:20
2 aPs. 55:22
1strong tower
3 aIs. 30:13
4 aPs. 28:3
5 1hope
6 1shaken
7 a[Jer. 3:23] 8 a1 Sam. 1:15;
Ps. 42:4; Lam.
9 aJob 7:16;
Ps. 39:5; Is.
40:17 1vanity
10 aJob 31:25;
[Mark 10:24;
Luke 12:15;
1 Tim. 6:10] 12 a[Matt.
16:27]; Rom.
2:6; 1 Cor. 3:8

7 aIn God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; aPour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 aSurely men of low degree are 1a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
10 Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; aIf riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.
11 God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For aYou 1render to each one according to his work.




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