30:1 “When you have experienced all these things, both the blessings and the curses 1 I have set before you, you will reflect upon them 2 in all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you. 30:2 Then if you and your descendants 3 turn to the Lord your God and obey him with your whole mind and being 4 just as 5 I am commanding you today, 30:3 the Lord your God will reverse your captivity and have pity on you. He will turn and gather you from all the peoples among whom he 6 has scattered you. 30:4 Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, 7 from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 30:5 Then he 8 will bring you to the land your ancestors 9 possessed and you also will possess it; he will do better for you and multiply you more than he did your ancestors. 30:6 The Lord your God will also cleanse 10 your heart and the hearts of your descendants 11 so that you may love him 12 with all your mind and being and so that you may live. 30:7 Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. 30:8 You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all his commandments I am giving 13 you today. 30:9 The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands 14 abundantly successful and multiply your children, 15 the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord your God will once more 16 rejoice over you to make you prosperous 17 just as he rejoiced over your ancestors, 30:10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to him 18 with your whole mind and being.
30:11 “This commandment I am giving 19 you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it too remote. 30:12 It is not in heaven, as though one must say, “Who will go up to heaven to get it for us and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 30:13 And it is not across the sea, as though one must say, “Who will cross over to the other side of the sea and get it for us and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 30:14 For the thing is very near you – it is in your mouth and in your mind 20 so that you can do it.
30:15 “Look! I have set before you today life and prosperity on the one hand, and death and disaster on the other. 30:16 What 21 I am commanding you today is to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to obey his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances. Then you will live and become numerous and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are about to possess. 22 30:17 However, if you 23 turn aside and do not obey, but are lured away to worship and serve other gods, 30:18 I declare to you this very day that you will certainly 24 perish! You will not extend your time in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. 25 30:19 Today I invoke heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set life and death, blessing and curse, before you. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live! 30:20 I also call on you 26 to love the Lord your God, to obey him and be loyal to him, for he gives you life and enables you to live continually 27 in the land the Lord promised to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
1 tn Heb “the blessing and the curse.”
2 tn Heb “and you bring (them) back to your heart.”
3 tn Heb “sons” (so NASB); KJV, ASV, NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT “children.”
5 tn Heb “according to all.”
6 tn Heb “the
7 tn Heb “are at the farthest edge of the heavens.” The Hebrew term שָׁמַיִם (shamayim) may be translated “heaven(s)” or “sky” depending on the context.
11 tn Heb “seed” (so KJV, ASV).
13 tn Heb “commanding”; NAB “which I now enjoin on you.”
14 tc The MT reads “hand” (singular). Most versions read the plural.
15 tn Heb “the fruit of your womb” (so NAB, NIV); NRSV “of your body.”
16 tn Heb “return and.” The Hebrew verb is used idiomatically here to indicate the repetition of the following action.
17 tn The Hebrew text includes “for good.”
19 tn Heb “commanding”; NAB “which I enjoin on you.”
20 tn Heb “heart.”
21 tc A number of LXX
22 tn Heb “which you are going there to possess it.” This has been simplified in the translation for stylistic reasons.
23 tn Heb “your heart,” as a metonymy for the person.
24 tn The Hebrew text uses the infinitive absolute for emphasis, which the translation indicates with “certainly.”
25 tn Heb “to go there to possess it.”
27 tn Heb “he is your life and the length of your days to live.”