The deeds in the parenthesis are those which all must come to realize as their own, but the children do not yet know how much trouble they can get into. Yes I read this as my experience recapitulating the canonical. That is how I obey these words to speak in them, i.e. to speak this language. In this act, there are many things I cannot express and this is good for me. There will be many situations that I will avoid (though there may also be those I should have avoided) because of the language that I am trained in. But it was not a rote situation. It is one that is a long road of what I hope was growth. The language does not allow me to think some thoughts and it encourages me to think of others rather than self. Whether I do or have done this or not is not for me to say.
I do not use the word curse (v26) in contrast to blessing. The word is not curse, but denial. It is reciprocal rather than condemnatory. Love that leads to responsible freedom, not freedom from responsibility but freedom to respond, is not a love that curses as frequently as the traditional translations imply. This is the love that enables the maturing of the earthling, the one and the many.
Notice the strange places where the major rest occurs. Not every verse makes sense in smooth English. Some verses (e.g. verse 2) seem to have missing words and generally, except for the verb to be, I don't fill in the spaces for you. Perhaps verse 2 really is missing a word. Anyway - it's not about children exactly though they take part, it's about the maturing determination of the human who has faced difficulties and is yet going to follow the words of Moses. (If you have followed Jesus or Christ or Paul, or all of them, then you will know that Moses is not irrelevant. If you haven't, well, enjoy the ride.)
|וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ |
וְשָׁמַרְתָּ֣ מִשְׁמַרְתּ֗וֹ וְחֻקֹּתָ֧יו וּמִשְׁפָּטָ֛יו וּמִצְוֺתָ֖יו כָּל־הַיָּמִֽים
|1||And you will love Yahweh your God, |
and you will keep his ordinance and his statutes and his judgments and his commandments every day.
|וִֽידַעְתֶּם֮ הַיּוֹם֒ כִּ֣י ׀ לֹ֣א אֶת־בְּנֵיכֶ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֤ר לֹֽא־יָדְעוּ֙ וַאֲשֶׁ֣ר לֹא־רָא֔וּ אֶת־מוּסַ֖ר יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֑ם |
אֶת־גָּדְל֕וֹ אֶת־יָדוֹ֙ הַחֲזָקָ֔ה וּזְרֹע֖וֹ הַנְּטוּיָֽה
|2||And you will know today that not with your children, (who do not know and who have not seen the mentoring of Yahweh your God, |
his greatness, even his courageous hand and his stretched out arm,
|וְאֶת־אֹֽתֹתָיו֙ וְאֶֽת־מַעֲשָׂ֔יו אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשָׂ֖ה בְּת֣וֹךְ מִצְרָ֑יִם |
לְפַרְעֹ֥ה מֶֽלֶךְ־מִצְרַ֖יִם וּלְכָל־אַרְצֽוֹ
|3||And his signs and his deeds that he did in the midst of Egypt, |
for Pharaoh the king of Egypt and for all his land,
|וַאֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂה֩ לְחֵ֨יל מִצְרַ֜יִם לְסוּסָ֣יו וּלְרִכְבּ֗וֹ אֲשֶׁ֨ר הֵצִ֜יף אֶת־מֵ֤י יַם־סוּף֙ עַל־פְּנֵיהֶ֔ם בְּרָדְפָ֖ם אַחֲרֵיכֶ֑ם |
וַיְאַבְּדֵ֣ם יְהוָ֔ה עַ֖ד הַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה
|4||And what he did to the force of Egypt, to their horses and their chariots, that he made the waters of the sea of reeds to cascade over their faces in their pursuit after them, |
and Yahweh eliminated them until this day.
|וַאֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשָׂ֛ה לָכֶ֖ם בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר |
עַד־בֹּאֲכֶ֖ם עַד־הַמָּק֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה
|5||And what he did to you in the wilderness, |
until you came to this place,
|וַאֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֜ה לְדָתָ֣ן וְלַאֲבִירָ֗ם בְּנֵ֣י אֱלִיאָב֮ בֶּן־רְאוּבֵן֒ אֲשֶׁ֨ר פָּצְתָ֤ה הָאָ֙רֶץ֙ אֶת־פִּ֔יהָ וַתִּבְלָעֵ֥ם וְאֶת־בָּתֵּיהֶ֖ם וְאֶת־אָהֳלֵיהֶ֑ם |
וְאֵ֤ת כָּל־הַיְקוּם֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר בְּרַגְלֵיהֶ֔ם בְּקֶ֖רֶב כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
|6||And what he did to Dathan and to Abiram the children of Eliab child of Reuben, that the land parted open her mouth and swallowed them, and their houses and their tents, |
and all that was upheld that was around their feet, in close combat with all Israel.)
|כִּ֤י עֵֽינֵיכֶם֙ הָֽרֹאֹ֔ת אֶת־כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יְהוָ֖ה הַגָּדֹ֑ל |
|7||But your eyes have seen every great deed of Yahweh, |
that he did.
|וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם֙ אֶת־כָּל־הַמִּצְוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֛ר אָנֹכִ֥י מְצַוְּךָ֖ הַיּ֑וֹם |
לְמַ֣עַן תֶּחֶזְק֗וּ וּבָאתֶם֙ וִֽירִשְׁתֶּ֣ם אֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתֶּ֛ם עֹבְרִ֥ים שָׁ֖מָּה לְרִשְׁתָּֽהּ
|8||And you will keep all the commandment which I am commanding you today, |
so that you may be courageous and you will enter and you will possess the land that you will cross over toward to possess.
|וּלְמַ֨עַן תַּאֲרִ֤יכוּ יָמִים֙ עַל־הָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה אֲשֶׁר֩ נִשְׁבַּ֨ע יְהוָ֧ה לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶ֛ם לָתֵ֥ת לָהֶ֖ם וּלְזַרְעָ֑ם |
אֶ֛רֶץ זָבַ֥ת חָלָ֖ב וּדְבָֽשׁ
|9||And so that you will prolong days over the ground that Yahweh swore to your ancestors to give them to their seed, |
a land gushing with milk and honey.
|כִּ֣י הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֨ר אַתָּ֤ה בָא־שָׁ֙מָּה֙ לְרִשְׁתָּ֔הּ לֹ֣א כְאֶ֤רֶץ מִצְרַ֙יִם֙ הִ֔וא אֲשֶׁ֥ר יְצָאתֶ֖ם מִשָּׁ֑ם |
אֲשֶׁ֤ר תִּזְרַע֙ אֶֽת־זַרְעֲךָ֔ וְהִשְׁקִ֥יתָ בְרַגְלְךָ֖ כְּגַ֥ן הַיָּרָֽק
|10||For the land that you are going toward to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, she which you came out from, |
where you sowed your seed and irrigated with your foot as a foliage garden.
|וְהָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֨ר אַתֶּ֜ם עֹבְרִ֥ים שָׁ֙מָּה֙ לְרִשְׁתָּ֔הּ אֶ֥רֶץ הָרִ֖ים וּבְקָעֹ֑ת |
לִמְטַ֥ר הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם תִּשְׁתֶּה־מָּֽיִם
|11||But the land that you will cross over toward to possess is a land of mountains and crevasses. |
Of the rain of the heavens she imbibes water,
|אֶ֕רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ דֹּרֵ֣שׁ אֹתָ֑הּ |
תָּמִ֗יד עֵינֵ֨י יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֶ֙יךָ֙ בָּ֔הּ מֵֽרֵשִׁית֙ הַשָּׁנָ֔ה וְעַ֖ד אַחֲרִ֥ית שָׁנָֽה
|12||a land that Yahweh your God searches out. |
Continually, the eyes of Yahweh your God are on her, from the beginning of the year and to the following year.
|וְהָיָ֗ה אִם־שָׁמֹ֤עַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־מִצְוֺתַ֔י אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י מְצַוֶּ֥ה אֶתְכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם |
לְאַהֲבָ֞ה אֶת־יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ וּלְעָבְד֔וֹ בְּכָל־לְבַבְכֶ֖ם וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁכֶֽם
|13||And it will be that if hearing you hear my commandments that I myself have commanded you today, |
to love Yahweh your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your being,
|וְנָתַתִּ֧י מְטַֽר־אַרְצְכֶ֛ם בְּעִתּ֖וֹ יוֹרֶ֣ה וּמַלְק֑וֹשׁ |
וְאָסַפְתָּ֣ דְגָנֶ֔ךָ וְתִֽירֹשְׁךָ֖ וְיִצְהָרֶֽךָ
|14||Then I will give the rain of your land in its time, early rain and maturing rain, |
so you may gather your grain and your new wine and your fresh oil.
|וְנָתַתִּ֛י עֵ֥שֶׂב בְּשָׂדְךָ֖ לִבְהֶמְתֶּ֑ךָ |
|15||And I will give field-grass in your field for your cattle, |
and you will eat and you will be satisfied.
|הִשָּֽׁמְר֣וּ לָכֶ֔ם פֶּ֥ן יִפְתֶּ֖ה לְבַבְכֶ֑ם |
וְסַרְתֶּ֗ם וַעֲבַדְתֶּם֙ אֱלֹהִ֣ים אֲחֵרִ֔ים וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוִיתֶ֖ם לָהֶֽם
|16||Keep yourselves lest your heart be seduced, |
and you turn aside and serve other gods and prostrate yourselves to them.
|וְחָרָ֨ה אַף־יְהוָ֜ה בָּכֶ֗ם וְעָצַ֤ר אֶת־הַשָּׁמַ֙יִם֙ וְלֹֽא־יִהְיֶ֣ה מָטָ֔ר וְהָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה לֹ֥א תִתֵּ֖ן אֶת־יְבוּלָ֑הּ |
וַאֲבַדְתֶּ֣ם מְהֵרָ֗ה מֵעַל֙ הָאָ֣רֶץ הַטֹּבָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה נֹתֵ֥ן לָכֶֽם
|17||And the anger of Yahweh will burn among you. He will contain the heavens and there will be no rain and the ground will not yield her produce, |
and you will perish swiftly from off the good land that Yahweh gave to you.
|וְשַׂמְתֶּם֙ אֶת־דְּבָרַ֣י אֵ֔לֶּה עַל־לְבַבְכֶ֖ם וְעַֽל־נַפְשְׁכֶ֑ם |
וּקְשַׁרְתֶּ֨ם אֹתָ֤ם לְאוֹת֙ עַל־יֶדְכֶ֔ם וְהָי֥וּ לְטוֹטָפֹ֖ת בֵּ֥ין עֵינֵיכֶֽם
|18||So set in place these words on your heart and on your very self, |
and fasten them for a sign on your hand and they will be for frontlets between your eyes,
|וְלִמַּדְתֶּ֥ם אֹתָ֛ם אֶת־בְּנֵיכֶ֖ם לְדַבֵּ֣ר בָּ֑ם |
בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ֤ בְּבֵיתֶ֙ךָ֙ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ֣ בַדֶּ֔רֶךְ וּֽבְשָׁכְבְּךָ֖ וּבְקוּמֶֽךָ
|19||And you will teach them, your children, to speak in them, |
when you sit in your house and when you walk in the way and when you lie down and when you arise.
|וּכְתַבְתָּ֛ם עַל־מְזוּז֥וֹת בֵּיתֶ֖ךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ||20||And you will write them on the posts of your house and your gates.||15|
|לְמַ֨עַן יִרְבּ֤וּ יְמֵיכֶם֙ וִימֵ֣י בְנֵיכֶ֔ם עַ֚ל הָֽאֲדָמָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר נִשְׁבַּ֧ע יְהוָ֛ה לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶ֖ם לָתֵ֣ת לָהֶ֑ם |
כִּימֵ֥י הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ
|21||So that your days may increase and the days of your children over the ground that swore Yahweh to your ancestors to give them, |
as the days of the heavens over the earth.
|כִּי֩ אִם־שָׁמֹ֨ר תִּשְׁמְר֜וּן אֶת־כָּל־הַמִּצְוָ֣ה הַזֹּ֗את אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י מְצַוֶּ֥ה אֶתְכֶ֖ם לַעֲשֹׂתָ֑הּ |
לְאַהֲבָ֞ה אֶת־יְהוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֛ם לָלֶ֥כֶת בְּכָל־דְּרָכָ֖יו וּלְדָבְקָה־בֽוֹ
|22||For if to keep you will keep all this commandment which I myself am commanding you to do it: |
to love Yahweh your God, to walk in all his ways, and to follow closely in him,
|וְהוֹרִ֧ישׁ יְהוָ֛ה אֶת־כָּל־הַגּוֹיִ֥ם הָאֵ֖לֶּה מִלִּפְנֵיכֶ֑ם |
וִֽירִשְׁתֶּ֣ם גּוֹיִ֔ם גְּדֹלִ֥ים וַעֲצֻמִ֖ים מִכֶּֽם
|23||Then Yahweh will dispossess all these nations from before you, |
and you will possess nations greater and more numerous than you.
|כָּל־הַמָּק֗וֹם אֲשֶׁ֨ר תִּדְרֹ֧ךְ כַּֽף־רַגְלְכֶ֛ם בּ֖וֹ לָכֶ֣ם יִהְיֶ֑ה |
מִן־הַמִּדְבָּ֨ר וְהַלְּבָנ֜וֹן מִן־הַנָּהָ֣ר נְהַר־פְּרָ֗ת וְעַד֙ הַיָּ֣ם הָֽאַחֲר֔וֹן יִהְיֶ֖ה גְּבֻלְכֶֽם
|24||Every place on which the sole of your foot will tread will be yours, |
from the wilderness to Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, and to the farthest part of the sea, will be your borders.
|לֹא־יִתְיַצֵּ֥ב אִ֖ישׁ בִּפְנֵיכֶ֑ם |
פַּחְדְּכֶ֨ם וּמֽוֹרַאֲכֶ֜ם יִתֵּ֣ן ׀ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֗ם עַל־פְּנֵ֤י כָל־הָאָ֙רֶץ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּדְרְכוּ־בָ֔הּ כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּ֥ר לָכֶֽם
|25||No-one will take a stand in your face. |
Your dread and the fear of you, Yahweh your God will give over the face of the whole land on which you will tread, as he spoke to you.
|רְאֵ֗ה אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם |
|26||See, I am giving in your presence today, |
a blessing and a denial.
אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּשְׁמְע֗וּ אֶל־מִצְוֺת֙ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י מְצַוֶּ֥ה אֶתְכֶ֖ם הַיּֽוֹם
|27||The blessing: |
that you hear the commandments of Yahweh your God that myself I have commanded you today.
|וְהַקְּלָלָ֗ה אִם־לֹ֤א תִשְׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־מִצְוֺת֙ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֔ם וְסַרְתֶּ֣ם מִן־הַדֶּ֔רֶךְ אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י מְצַוֶּ֥ה אֶתְכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם |
לָלֶ֗כֶת אַחֲרֵ֛י אֱלֹהִ֥ים אֲחֵרִ֖ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־יְדַעְתֶּֽם
|28||And the denial: if you not hear the commandments of Yahweh your God and you turn aside from the way that myself I have commanded you today, |
to walk after other gods that you do not know.
|וְהָיָ֗ה כִּ֤י יְבִֽיאֲךָ֙ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֕רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־אַתָּ֥ה בָא־שָׁ֖מָּה לְרִשְׁתָּ֑הּ |
וְנָתַתָּ֤ה אֶת־הַבְּרָכָה֙ עַל־הַ֣ר גְּרִזִ֔ים וְאֶת־הַקְּלָלָ֖ה עַל־הַ֥ר עֵיבָֽל
|29||And it will be that when Yahweh your God will conduct you to the land that you are going toward to possess her, |
that you will give the blessing against the hill of Gerizim and the denial against the hill of Eival.
|הֲלֹא־הֵ֜מָּה בְּעֵ֣בֶר הַיַּרְדֵּ֗ן אַֽחֲרֵי֙ דֶּ֚רֶךְ מְב֣וֹא הַשֶּׁ֔מֶשׁ בְּאֶ֙רֶץ֙ הַֽכְּנַעֲנִ֔י הַיֹּשֵׁ֖ב בָּעֲרָבָ֑ה |
מ֚וּל הַגִּלְגָּ֔ל אֵ֖צֶל אֵלוֹנֵ֥י מֹרֶֽה
|30||Are not they across the Jordan, behind the way of the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanite who inhabits the steppe, |
in the forefront of Gilgal next to the oaks of Moreh.
|כִּ֤י אַתֶּם֙ עֹבְרִ֣ים אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן לָבֹא֙ לָרֶ֣שֶׁת אֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֖ם נֹתֵ֣ן לָכֶ֑ם |
וִֽירִשְׁתֶּ֥ם אֹתָ֖הּ וִֽישַׁבְתֶּם־בָּֽהּ
|31||For you will cross over Jordan to come to possess the land that Yahweh your God is giving to you, |
and you will possess her and you will inhabit her.
|וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֣ם לַעֲשׂ֔וֹת אֵ֥ת כָּל־הַֽחֻקִּ֖ים וְאֶת־הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֑ים |
אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּֽוֹם
|32||And you will keep and do all the statutes and the judgments, |
that I have given in your presence today.