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God will severely judge Abner 1 if I do not do for David exactly what the Lord has promised him, 2
1 The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.
The sovereign Lord confirms this oath by his own holy character: 1 “Certainly the time is approaching 2 when you will be carried away 3 in baskets, 4 every last one of you 5 in fishermen’s pots. 6
The sovereign Lord confirms this oath by his very own life. 1 The Lord, the God who commands armies, is speaking: “I despise Jacob’s arrogance; I hate their 2 fortresses. I will hand over to their enemies 3 the city of Samaria 4 and everything in it.”
Indeed, for forty years the Israelites traveled through the desert until all the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt, the ones who had disobeyed the Lord, died off. 1 For the Lord had sworn a solemn oath to them that he would not let them see the land he had sworn on oath to give them, 2 a land rich in 3 milk and honey.
“The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives, 1 promised me with a solemn oath, 2 ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel 3 before you so that you may find 4 a wife for my son from there.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to you 1 and lead you up from this land to the land he swore on oath to give 2 to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
When 1 the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, 2 then you will keep 3 this ceremony 4 in this month.
Look! I have already given the land to you. 1 Go, occupy the territory that I, 2 the Lord, promised 3 to give to your ancestors 4 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to their descendants.” 5
Now the length of time it took for us to go from Kadesh Barnea to the crossing of Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, time for all the military men of that generation to die, just as the Lord had vowed to them.
Then when the Lord your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you – a land with large, fine cities you did not build,
Rather it is because of his 1 love 2 for you and his faithfulness to the promise 3 he solemnly vowed 4 to your ancestors 5 that the Lord brought you out with great power, 6 redeeming 7 you from the place of slavery, from the power 8 of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
If you obey these ordinances and are careful to do them, the Lord your God will faithfully keep covenant with you 1 as he promised 2 your ancestors.
He will love and bless you, and make you numerous. He will bless you with many children, 1 with the produce of your soil, your grain, your new wine, your oil, the offspring of your oxen, and the young of your flocks in the land which he promised your ancestors to give you.
You must keep carefully all these commandments 1 I am giving 2 you today so that you may live, increase in number, 3 and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors. 4
You must remember the Lord your God, for he is the one who gives ability to get wealth; if you do this he will confirm his covenant that he made by oath to your ancestors, 1 even as he has to this day.
It is not because of your righteousness, or even your inner uprightness, 1 that you have come here to possess their land. Instead, because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out ahead of you in order to confirm the promise he 2 made on oath to your ancestors, 3 to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
You must not take for yourself anything that has been placed under judgment. 1 Then the Lord will relent from his intense anger, show you compassion, have mercy on you, and multiply you as he promised your ancestors.
You must go to the priest in office at that time and say to him, “I declare today to the Lord your 1 God that I have come into the land that the Lord 2 promised 3 to our ancestors 4 to give us.”
Today he will affirm that you are his people and that he is your God, 1 just as he promised you and as he swore by oath to your ancestors 2 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.