Great mercies promised unto the penitent. The commandment is of obvious interpretation. Death and life are set before the people.
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the 1blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and 2thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee,
2 And 1shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, 2with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
3 That 1then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and 2gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.
4 1If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
5 And the Lord thy God 1will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will 2do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
6 And the Lord thy God 1will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
7 And the Lord thy God will put all these curses 1upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
8 And thou shalt 1return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
9 And 1the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again 2rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
10 If 1thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 ¶ For this commandment which I command thee this day, 1it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 1It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
15 ¶ See, 1I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I 1command thee this day 2to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
17 But 1if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 1I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that 2ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I 1call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore 2choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20 That thou mayest 1love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and 2that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy 3life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest 4dwell in the land 5which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.