1: And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, to which place the Lord your God has driven you,
2: And shall return to the Lord your God, and shall obey His voice according to all that I command you this day (see 4:26), you and your children, with all your heart, and with all you soul;
3: That then the Lord your God will turn your captivity (Idiom for relief from any trouble. Cp. Job 42:10. Amos 9:14,15. Jer. 30:3), and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples, to which place the Lord your God has scattered you.
4: If any of yours be driven out to the out-most parts of heaven, from that place will the Lord your God gather you, and from that place will He fetch you:
5: And the Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers.
6: And the Lord your God (Elohim) will circumcise your mind (Cp. 10:16. Jer. 32:32. Ezek. 11:19; 36:26), and the mind of your seed, to love the Lord your God with all your mind, and with all your soul, that you may live.
7: And the Lord your God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on them that hate you, which persecuted you.
8: And you shall return (Cp. Hos. 6:1; 14:1) and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all His commandments which I command you this day.
9: And the Lord your God will make you plenteous in every work of your hands, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over you for good (Cp. 28:63. Jer. 32:41), according as He rejoiced over your fathers:
10: If you shall listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His ordinances which are written in this book of the law (See Ex. 17:14 and cp. 2 Kings 22:8; 23:25), and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your mind, and with all your soul.
f h 11-. Not hidden. i -11. Distance. Not far off. k 12. Not in heaven. Hear and do. k 13. Not over seas. Hear and do. i 14-. Distance. Very near. h -14. Not hidden. In the mouth and heart.
11: For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you (= not too wonderful. Cp. Rom. 10:6, &c.),
neither is it far off.
12: It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?'
13: Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us (Cp. Rom. 10:7), and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?'
14: But the word is very near to you,
in your mouth, and in your mind, that you may do it.
g l 15,16-. Life and good, &c. m -16-18. Object. l 19. Life and good, &c. m 20. Object.
15: See (= behold), I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil (Fig., put for the good things which end in life, and evil things which end in death. Cp. Amos 5:14);
16: In that (The Sept. reads, "For you must keep the commandments of the Lord your God which", instead of "In that". So that this clause apparently was in the MS. from which the Sept. was translated) I command you this day to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His ordinances and His duties and punishments,
that you may live and multiply: and the Lord your God shall bless you in the land to which place you go to possess it.
17: But if your heart (= mind) turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18: I denounce (= declare) to you this day, that you all shall surely perish, and that you all shall not prolong your days upon the land, to which place you pass over Jordan to go to possess it.
19: I call the heavens and the earth (One of 13 occ. See 4:26. #13 = the number of rebellion) to record (= to witness) this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
20: That you may love the Lord your God, and that you may obey His voice, and that you may cleave to Him: for He is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell on the soil which the Lord swore to your fathers (All 3 Patriarchs named. See Gen. 50:24), to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (This is the end of the 6th address. See 1:1)