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30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
30:4 If 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: 30:5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
30:6 And the LORD thy God will 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.
30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
30:9 And the 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 rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: 30:10 If thou 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.
30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
30:12 It 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? 30:13 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? 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 30:16 In that I command thee this day to 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.
30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


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King James Bible:Deuteronomy
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Deuteronomy
Book: Deuteronomy
Chapter: 30

Overview:
Mercies promised to the repentant. (1-10) The commandment
manifest. (11-14) Death and Life set before them. (15-20)

1-10 In this Chapter is a Plain intimation of the Mercy God has
in store for Israel in the latter days. This Passage refers to
the prophetic warnings of the last two chapters, which have been
mainly fulfilled in the Destruction of Jerusalem By the Romans,
and in their Dispersion to the present Day; and there can be No
doubt that the prophetic promise contained in these verses yet
remain to come to pass. The Jewish nation shall in some future
period, perhaps not very distant, be converted to the Faith of
Christ; and, many think, again settled in the land of Canaan.
The language here used is in a great Measure absolute promises;
not merely a conditional engagement, but declaring an event
assuredly to take place. For the Lord himself here engages to
"circumcise their hearts;" and when regenerating Grace has
removed corrupt nature, and Divine Love has supplanted the Love
of Sin, they certainly will reflect, repent, return to God, and
obey him; and he will rejoice in doing them good. The change
that will be wrought upon them will not be only outward, or
consisting in mere opinions; it will reach to their souls. It
will produce in them an utter Hatred of all Sin, and a fervent
Love to God, as their reconciled God in Christ Jesus; they will
Love him with all their hearts, and with all their soul. They
are very far from this state of mind at present, but So were the
murderers of the Lord Jesus, On the Day of Pentecost; who yet in
one Hour were converted unto God. So shall it be in the Day of
God's power; a nation shall be born in a Day; the Lord will
hasten it in his time. As a conditional promise this Passage
belongs to all persons and all people, not to Israel only; it
assures us that the greatest sinners, if they repent and are
converted, shall have their sins pardoned, and be restored to
God's favour.

11-14 The Law is not too high for thee. It is not only known
afar off; it is not confined to men of learning. It is written
in thy books, made Plain, So that he who runs may read it. It is
in thy mouth, in the tongue commonly used By thee, in which thou
mayest hear it read, and talk of it among thy children. It is
delivered So that it is level to the understanding of the
meanest. This is especially true of the Gospel of Christ, to
which the Apostle applies it. But the Word is nigh us, and
Christ in that Word; So that if we believe with the Heart, that
the promises of the Messiah are fulfilled in our Lord Jesus, and
confess them with our mouth, we then have Christ with us.

15-20 What could be said more moving, and more likely to make
Deep and lasting impressions? Every Man wishes to obtain Life
and good, and to escape Death and evil; he desires happiness,
and dreads misery. So great is the compassion of the Lord, that
he has favoured men, By his Word, with such a knowledge of good
and evil as will make them for ever happy, if it be not their
own fault. Let us hear the sum of the whole matter. If they and
theirs would Love God, and serve him, they should live and be
happy. If they or theirs should turn from God, Desert his
service, and Worship other gods, that would certainly be their
ruin. There never was, since the fall of Man, more than one way
to Heaven; which is marked out in both Testaments, though not
with equal clearness. Moses meant that same way of acceptance,
which Paul more plainly described; and Paul's words mean the
same obedience, On which Moses more fully treated. In both
Testaments the good and right way is brought near, and plainly
revealed to us.

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