Which is often observed, as being near at hand; and when and where many things were to be done, which could not be done in the place and circumstances they now were, particularly what follows: that thou shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and the curse upon Mount Ebal; that is, pronounce the one on one mountain, and the other on the other mountain, or at least towards them, or over against them. A widely extending plain forms the cultivated portion of Egypt, and on the greater part of this low and level country rain never falls. And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments,.... Take notice of them, and heed unto them, so as to practise them: which I set before you this day; repeated in order to them, on the observance of which depended their continuance in the land of Canaan; and therefore this is so often repeated and urged. Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always. Meaning in the land of Canaan; though the Jews vainly apply this to every land, and country, and place therein, where any of them come; pleasing themselves with this foolish fancy, that all shall be theirs that the foot of any of them have trod upon, or they have dwelt in; but that it respects only the land of Canaan appears by the following description of it and its boundaries: from the wilderness; the wilderness of Paran, which lay to the south of it, where Kadesh was, from whence the spies were sent, and was the southern border of it: and Lebanon; which was a range of mountains to the north of it; and was the northern border of the land: from the river, the river Euphrates; which was the eastern border of it, when it was carried to its utmost extent, as in the days of Solomon, 1 Kings 4:21. even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be: the Mediterranean sea, which was the western border of the land of Canaan, or "the hinder sea", and so it is called Zechariah 14:8, it lay at the back of them; for if a man stands with his face to the east, the south will be on his right hand, and the north on his left, and the west will be behind him, or at the back of him. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours--not as if the Jews should be lords of the world, but of very place within the promised land. Opposite to that where Moses now was in the plains of Moab, even in Samaria; so in the MisnahF20Sotah, c. 7. sect. Besides, the Israelites were a headstrong and perverse people, impatient of control, prone to rebellion, and, from their long stay in Egypt, so violently addicted to idolatry, that they ran imminent risk of being seduced by the religion of the country to which they were going, which, in its characteristic features, bore a strong resemblance to that of the country they had left. Love and Obey the Lord. And that ye may prolong your days in the land,.... Not only enter it, and take possession of it, but continue in it long, which depended upon their obedience to the laws of God: which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed; had promised with an oath, so that they might be assured of the enjoyment of it, though they could not be of their continuance in it, unless they obeyed the divine commands: a land that floweth with milk and honey; abounds with all good things, whose fruits are fat as milk, and sweet as honey; so the Targum of Jonathan. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God,.... That is, a blessing should come upon them, even all temporal blessings they stood in need of; they should be blessed in body and estate, in their families, and in their flocks, in town and country; see Deuteronomy 28:1. which I command you this day; afresh repeated to them, and enjoined them the observation of it in the name of the Lord. In Egypt rain seldom fell, especially in some places it was very rare, though that there was none at all is a vulgar mistake; See Gill on Zechariah 14:18 F5See also Vansleb's Relation of a Voyage to Egypt, p. 213. who speaks of large rains in Egypt. The cultivator opens a small sluice on the edge of the square bed in which seed has been sown, making drill after drill; and when a sufficient quantity of water has poured in, he shuts it up with his foot. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. (1-7) Remember the ways God has already blessed. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart, and in your soul,.... Treasure up the laws of God delivered to them in their minds, retain them in their memories, and cherish a cordial affection for them; which would be an antidote against apostasy, idolatry, and other sins, Psalm 119:11. and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes; of this and the two following verses; see Gill on Deuteronomy 6:7; see Gill on Deuteronomy 6:8; see Gill on Deuteronomy 6:9. Biblical Commentary Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28 COMMENTARY: THE CONTEXT: The book of Deuteronomy opens by saying: "These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan" (1:1). Salem Media Group. There might, therefore, have been many thousands of the Israelites at that time of whom Moses could say, "Your eyes have seen all the great acts which He did"; and with regard to those the historic review of Moses was well calculated to stir up their minds to the duty and advantages of obedience. Know this day that I am not speaking with your sons who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of the Lord your God—His greatness, His … 26-32. Close by the bank the process of irrigation is very simple. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived,.... By observing the influence of the heavens upon the fruitfulness of the earth, and so be drawn to the worship of the host of them, the sun, moon, and stars; or by the examples of nations round about them; and by the plausible arguments they may make use of, taken from the traditions of ancestors, from antiquity, and the consent of nations, and the great numbers of worshippers, and the like: and ye turn aside; from the true God, and the worship of him; or from the law, as Jarchi, which directs to the worship of one God, and forbids idolatry, or the worshipping of images: and serve other gods, and worship them; other gods than the one only living and true God; gods that made not the heavens and the earth, and which cannot give rain, nor any blessing and mercy of life, nor help and deliver their worshippers when in distress. Deuteronomy Chapter 11 Summary. Deuteronomy 11:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Deuteronomy 11:1, NIV: "Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always." And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you,.... For their idolatry, nothing being more provoking to him than that, it being contrary to his nature and being, as well as to his will, and to his honour and glory: and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain; the treasures and storehouses of it there, or the windows of it, the clouds, which when opened let it down, but when shut withhold it; the key of rain is one of the keys which the Jews sayF11Targum Jon. Deuteronomy 11. 11:9 "so that you may prolong your days on the land" Compare v. 21 with Deut. 1. In the name, and by the authority of the Lord, the only lawgiver: to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart, and with all your soul; see Deuteronomy 10:12. Deuteronomy 11 – Rewards for Obedience and the Choice A. It is not intended to be the “final word” because of its limitations. 10-12. And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, and all the substance that was in their possession. "Most clearly," says he, "did I perceive that the barrenness of large portions of the country was owing to the cessation of the early and latter rain, and that the absence of grass and flowers made it no longer the land ( Deuteronomy 11:9 ) flowing with milk and honey. CHAPTER 11. They were now near it, and by this they are assured they should pass over it, in order to take possession of the land God had given them, and which gift of his was a sufficient title to it: and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein: should not only take possession of it, but make their abode in it; they are assured hereby of continuance in it, on condition they obeyed the laws of God, as follows. 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Jarchi is more particular; "the land of Egypt had need to "have water brought from the Nile with thy foot; he seems to have understood the phrase to signify carrying water on foot from the Nile to the place where it was wanted; but the custom still in use in Egypt, when they water their fields, plantations, or gardens, will give us a clear understanding of this phrase; as a late traveller informs usF6Shaw's Travels, p. 408. , the water is drawn out of the river (Nile) by instruments, and lodged in capacious cisterns; when plants require to be refreshed, they strike out the plugs that are fixed in the bottoms of the cisterns, and then the water gushing out, is conducted from one rill to another by the gardener, who is always ready as occasion requires to stop and divert the torrent by turning the earth against it "with his foot", and opening at the same time with his mattock a new trench to receive it: and to the same purpose another learned personF7Clayton's Chronology of the Hebrew Bible, p. 478. has observed, that at other times (than the flowing of the Nile) they are obliged to have recourse to art, and to raise the water out of the river and some deep pits by the help of machines, which water is afterwards directed in its course by channels cut in the ground, which convey the water to those places where it is wanted; and when one part of the ground is sufficiently watered, they then stop that channel, by thrusting some earth into the entrance of it "with their foot", and then also "with their foot" open a passage into the next channel, and so on: and Philo the JewF8De Confusione Ling p. 325. speaks of a machine with which they used to water fields, and was worked with the feet by going up the several steps within, which gave motion to it. Instead of being visited with moisture only at one brief season and left during the rest of the year under a withering blight, every season it would enjoy the benign influences of a genial climate. of 11 Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did--Moses is here giving a brief summary of the marvels and miracles of awful judgment which God had wrought in effecting their release from the tyranny of Pharaoh, as well as those which had taken place in the wilderness. And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came unto this place. Deuteronomy 11:10. 2-9. DEUTERONOMY 11 COMMENTARY EDITED BY GLENN PEASE Love and Obey the Lord 1 Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. AN EXHORTATION TO OBEDIENCE. ; or which followed them, their living creatures; or was for them, as Aben Ezra interprets it; for, their use, service, and necessity: and this was done. 10 Best Deuteronomy Commentaries. Such a quantity of it as the land required, a sufficiency of it to make it fruitful, and that in proper time: the first rain and the latter rain; the former rain in Marchesvan, the latter rain in Nisan, as the Targum of Jonathan; the first fell about our October, which was at or quickly after seedtime, to water the seed that it might take root, and grow and spring up; and the latter fell about March, a little before harvest, to ripen the corn, and swell and plump the ears of it, and make them yield more and better; See Gill on Joel 2:23. that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil; which were the principal things the land afforded for the sustenance of men; bread corn, the stay and staff of human life, and which strengthens man's heart, and makes him fit for labour; wine, which is his drink, and makes the heart of man glad and cheerful; and oil, which in these countries was used instead of butter, and was fattening, and made the face to shine, Psalm 104:15. And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God,.... Accursed in body and estate, in basket and store; in their families, flocks, and herds; within doors and without; in city, and country; going out, or coming in; in this world, and that to come, if divine goodness prevent not; see Deuteronomy 28:15. but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day; which the law he gave them, and repeated to them, directed them to walk in: to go after other gods, which ye have not known; to serve and worship the gods of other nations, strange gods, which neither they nor their fathers knew anything of, or ever received any good thing from; and which indeed are no gods, and nothing in the world, as an idol is. And know you this day,.... Take notice of, and diligently attend unto, what is now about to be delivered: for I speak not unto your children which have not known, and which have not seen, the chastisement of the Lord your God; who have no knowledge and experience of the chastisement of the Lord on themselves, or on their foes or friends; and with whom the argument drawn from it could not come with that force, and make that impression, as it might be thought it would, being used with them who had perfect knowledge of it. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle,.... By giving plentiful showers of rain at proper times, to cause it to spring up and grow, that so there might be food for the cattle of every sort, greater or lesser; see Psalm 104:13. that thou mayest eat and be full; which refers to the preceding verse as well as to this; and the sense is, that the Israelites might eat of and enjoy the fruits of the earth to satiety; namely, their corn, wine, and oil; and that their cattle might have grass enough to supply them with. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. 5. it is said, that these mountains were on the side of Shechem, which is in the plains of Moreh, as in Deuteronomy 11:30 as the plains of Moreh here denote Shechem, so there: Benjamin of Tudela saysF24Itinerarium, p. 38, 40. there is a valley between them, in which lies Shechem; and in his time there were on Mount Gerizim fountains and orchards, but Mount Ebal was dry like stones and rocks. An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Deuteronomy. 5. ;'see the performance of this command in Joshua 8:33. even unto the uttermost sea--the Mediterranean. 12. the Lord keeps in his own hand, and with it he opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens; see Deuteronomy 28:12. and that the land yield not her fruit; which is unavoidably the case when rain is withheld: and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you; for if the land does not yield its fruits sufficient to support the inhabitants of it, they must in course perish. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Deuteronomy 11:11. The land of Canaan they were about to take possession of: is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out; either the whole land of Egypt, or that part of it, Rameses, in which Israel dwelt, and which was the best of it, as Jarchi observes, and yet Canaan exceeded that; though the design of this passage is not so much to set forth the superior excellency and fertility of the land of Canaan to that of Egypt, which was certainly a very fruitful country; see Genesis 13:10 but to observe some things in which they differed, whereby they both became fruitful, and in which Canaan had the advantage: where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs; as a gardener when he has sowed his seed, or planted his plants, waters them that they may grow, by carrying his water pot from bed to bed, which requires much labour and toil. But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did; Therefore shall you keep all the commandments which I command you this day, and go in and possess the land whither ye go to possess it, And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, For the land whither thou goest in to possess it, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs, But the land whither ye go to possess it is a land of hills and valleys, the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year, And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart, and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you, Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart, and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you to do them, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him, Then will the Lord drive out all those nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations, and mightier than yourselves, Every place wherein the soles of your feet shall tread, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be, There shall be no man able to stand before you, for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you, and the dread of you, upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse, A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known, And it shall come to pass, when the Lord thy God hath bought thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and the curse upon Mount Ebal, that dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, For ye shall pass over Jordan, to go in to possess the land Which the Lord your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein, And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments. God gave them his law. As I recall, they were drawn from familiar … Continue reading "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28" He knew that he might dwell upon these, for he was addressing many who had been witnesses of those appalling incidents. in Deut. The hills would attract the frequent clouds, and in the refreshing showers the blessing of God would especially rest upon the land. The miraculous works done there, the ten plagues inflicted on the Egyptians for refusing to let Israel go: unto Pharaoh king, of Egypt, and unto all his land; for those plagues not only affected him and his court, and his metropolis, but all parts of the land, the inhabitants of it everywhere. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a. You saw that he can do that. Comment : About . 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