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Deuteronomy 11 (Devarim)

Deuteronomy 11

Deuteronomy 11 (Devarim) Summary

Deuteronomy 11 (Devarim) begins with Moshe encouraging the people to love God. Moshe confirms the younger generation born in the wilderness have no firsthand knowledge of YHWH, His acts or deeds towards Israel. He recalls very specific acts then tells this generation they must keep the instructions of YHWH.

We have our first reference of the land flowing with milk and honey and the reminder that YHWH is giving to them because He remembers their forefathers. There is a comparison between this land and the land of Egypt. This land is the land that YHWH care for the land. YHWH promises rain for the vegetation and grasses so the animals will have food.

Warnings about serving other gods. The command of tying the command and teaching them to next generation. Condition for the defeat of the inhabitants of land is given. The promise of whereever, they lay thier feet will be given to them.

[CHAPTER DIVISION – Chapter 11 contains 3 readings from parsha Ekev – the remainder of reading five, six, and seven. It also contains the first reading of parsha Re’eh. If we are reading this a s a treaty this chapter closes the Stipulation – General Provision portion of the treaty.]

The conditions for blessing and curses are laid before them. Curse comes because the worship of other gods. The blessing and cursed mountains. The promise to possess the land and to live there. Chapter ends with the charge to keep the statutes and ordinances.

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Deuteronomy 11 (Devarim) Outline

Deuteronomy 11 (Devarim) can be navigated in three possible ways. (1) Jewish tradition of daily reading called Torah Portions. (2) Rabbi Johnathan Sacks proposed treaty (covenant) layout and finally (3) theme based verses.

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Torah Portions:

  1. Fifth Reading vv. 1-9 – Continued from Chapter 10 – Parsha Ekev
  2. Sixth Reading vv. 10-21 – Parsha Ekev
  3. Seventh Reading vv. 22-25 – Parsha Ekev
  4. First Reading vv. 26-32 – continues into chapter 12 – Parsha Re’eh

Treaty (Covenant):

  1. Stipulation – General Provision – The Stipulations – General Provision portion is the third part of the treaty (covenant). It begins in 5.1 and continues through to 11.32.

Verses Topics:

  1. v 1 — Love YHWH by keeping His charge, statutes, ordinances, and commandments, always.
  2. vv. 2-7 — The children are acknowledged and the parents’ responsibility to teach and train them by retelling their experience to them.
  3. vv.8-12 — Keep the teaching equals entering the land. possesing it, living for a long time in the land. Describes the land by comparing it to Egypt.
  4. vv.13-15 — The promise of rain if the people keep his commands.
  5. vv. 16, 17 — The warning if they don’t keep the command.
  6. vv. 18-21 — Informed how to keep the command and changed to pass it as a heritage to their children.
  7. vv. 22-25 — The promise of a defeated enemies and the repeat of the promise given to Abraham.
  8. vv. 26-32 — Blessing and curse laied before them. The blessing comes from keep YHWH’s commands and the curse come because you worship other gods.

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1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep His charge, and His statutes, and His ordinances, and His commandments, alway.

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2 And know ye this day; for I speak not with your children that have not known, and that have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, His greatness, His mighty hand, and His outstretched arm,

3 and His signs, and His works, which He did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land; 4 and what He did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how He made the water of the Red Sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day; 5 and what He did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came unto this place; 6 and what He did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben; how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and every living substance that followed them, in the midst of all Israel;

7 but your eyes have seen all the great work of the LORD which He did.

8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandment which I command thee this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go over to possess it; 9 and that ye may prolong your days upon the land, which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey.


10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou didst sow thy seed, and didst water it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs; 11 but the land, whither ye go over to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water as the rain of heaven cometh down; 12 a land which the LORD thy God careth for; the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto My commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. 15 And I will give grass in thy fields for thy cattle, and thou shalt eat and be satisfied.

16 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 17 and the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and He shut up the heaven, so that there shall be no rain, and the ground shall not yield her fruit; and ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

18 Therefore shall ye lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul; and ye shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, talking of them, when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates;

21 that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, upon the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth.


22 For if ye shall diligently keep all this commandment which I command you, to do it, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave unto Him, 23 then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves.

24 Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border. 25 There shall no man be able to stand against you: the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as He hath spoken unto you.

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26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if ye shall hearken unto the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day; 28 and the curse, if ye shall not hearken unto the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

Notes on Deuteronomy 11:26-28

We begin the 47 Torah portion called Re’eh.

Concerning the treaty format, the text transitions from the general provisions to specific provisions. The specific provisions deal with how Israel will govern themselves in the land. Interesting these verses are restated in Deut 30.15,19.

Deu 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed; 

29 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. 30 Are they not beyond the Jordan, behind the way of the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites that dwell in the Arabah, over against Gilgal, beside the terebinths of Moreh?

31 For ye are to pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein. 32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and the ordinances which I set before you this day.

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יא  Chapter 11

א וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְשָֽׁמַרְתָּ מִשְׁמַרְתּוֹ וְחֻקֹּתָיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו וּמִצְוֹתָיו כָּל־הַיָּמִֽים:

ב וִֽידַעְתֶּם הַיּוֹם כִּי ׀ לֹא אֶת־בְּנֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָֽדְעוּ וַֽאֲשֶׁר לֹֽא־רָאוּ אֶת־מוּסַר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם אֶת־גָּדְלוֹ אֶת־יָדוֹ הַֽחֲזָקָה וּזְרֹעוֹ הַנְּטוּיָֽה:

ג וְאֶת־אֹֽתֹתָיו וְאֶֽת־מַֽעֲשָׂיו אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה בְּתוֹךְ מִצְרָיִם לְפַרְעֹה מֶֽלֶךְ־מִצְרַיִם וּלְכָל־אַרְצֽוֹ:

ד וַֽאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְחֵיל מִצְרַיִם לְסוּסָיו וּלְרִכְבּוֹ אֲשֶׁר הֵצִיף אֶת־מֵי יַם־סוּף עַל־פְּנֵיהֶם בְּרָדְפָם אַֽחֲרֵיכֶם וַיְאַבְּדֵם יְהֹוָה עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּֽה:

ה וַֽאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לָכֶם בַּמִּדְבָּר עַד־בֹּֽאֲכֶם עַד־הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּֽה:

ו וַֽאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְדָתָן וְלַֽאֲבִירָם בְּנֵי אֱלִיאָב בֶּן־רְאוּבֵן אֲשֶׁר פָּֽצְתָה הָאָרֶץ אֶת־פִּיהָ וַתִּבְלָעֵם וְאֶת־בָּֽתֵּיהֶם וְאֶת־אָֽהֳלֵיהֶם וְאֵת כָּל־הַיְקוּם אֲשֶׁר בְּרַגְלֵיהֶם בְּקֶרֶב כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל:

ז כִּי עֵֽינֵיכֶם הָֽרֹאֹת אֵת כָּל־מַֽעֲשֵׂה יְהוָֹה הַגָּדֹל אֲשֶׁר עָשָֽׂה:

ח וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם לְמַעַן תֶּֽחֶזְקוּ וּבָאתֶם וִֽירִשְׁתֶּם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹֽבְרִים שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּֽהּ:

ט וּלְמַעַן תַּֽאֲרִיכוּ יָמִים עַל־הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָֹה לַֽאֲבֹֽתֵיכֶם לָתֵת לָהֶם וּלְזַרְעָם אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבָֽשׁ: ס

[ששי] י כִּי הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה בָא־שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ לֹא כְאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם הִוא אֲשֶׁר יְצָאתֶם מִשָּׁם אֲשֶׁר תִּזְרַע אֶת־זַֽרְעֲךָ וְהִשְׁקִיתָ בְרַגְלְךָ כְּגַן הַיָּרָֽק:

יא וְהָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹֽבְרִים שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ אֶרֶץ הָרִים וּבְקָעֹת לִמְטַר הַשָּׁמַיִם תִּשְׁתֶּה־מָּֽיִם:

יב אֶרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ דֹּרֵשׁ אֹתָהּ תָּמִיד עֵינֵי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בָּהּ מֵֽרֵשִׁית הַשָּׁנָה וְעַד אַֽחֲרִית שָׁנָֽה: ס

יג וְהָיָה אִם־שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל־מִצְוֹתַי אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם לְאַֽהֲבָה אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם וּלְעָבְדוֹ בְּכָל־לְבַבְכֶם וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁכֶֽם:

יד וְנָֽתַתִּי מְטַֽר־אַרְצְכֶם בְּעִתּוֹ יוֹרֶה וּמַלְקוֹשׁ וְאָֽסַפְתָּ דְגָנֶךָ וְתִירֹֽשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶֽךָ:

טו וְנָֽתַתִּי עֵשֶׂב בְּשָֽׂדְךָ לִבְהֶמְתֶּךָ וְאָֽכַלְתָּ וְשָׂבָֽעְתָּ:

טז הִשָּֽׁמְרוּ לָכֶם פֶּן־יִפְתֶּה לְבַבְכֶם וְסַרְתֶּם וַֽעֲבַדְתֶּם אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים וְהִשְׁתַּֽחֲוִיתֶם לָהֶֽם:

יז וְחָרָה אַף־יְהֹוָה בָּכֶם וְעָצַר אֶת־הַשָּׁמַיִם וְלֹא־יִֽהְיֶה מָטָר וְהָאֲדָמָה לֹא תִתֵּן אֶת־יְבוּלָהּ וַֽאֲבַדְתֶּם מְהֵרָה מֵעַל הָאָרֶץ הַטֹּבָה אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה נֹתֵן לָכֶֽם:

יח וְשַׂמְתֶּם אֶת־דְּבָרַי אֵלֶּה עַל־לְבַבְכֶם וְעַֽל־נַפְשְׁכֶם וּקְשַׁרְתֶּם אֹתָם לְאוֹת עַל־יֶדְכֶם וְהָיוּ לְטֽוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵֽינֵיכֶֽם:

יט וְלִמַּדְתֶּם אֹתָם אֶת־בְּנֵיכֶם לְדַבֵּר בָּם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ בְּבֵיתֶךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ וּֽבְשָׁכְבְּךָ וּבְקוּמֶֽךָ:

כ וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל־מְזוּזוֹת בֵּיתֶךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ:

כא לְמַעַן יִרְבּוּ יְמֵיכֶם וִימֵי בְנֵיכֶם עַל הָֽאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָֹה לַֽאֲבֹֽתֵיכֶם לָתֵת לָהֶם כִּימֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ: ס

[שביעי] [מפטיר] כב כִּי אִם־שָׁמֹר תִּשְׁמְרוּן אֶת־כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם לַֽעֲשׂתָהּ לְאַֽהֲבָה אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם לָלֶכֶת בְּכָל־דְּרָכָיו וּֽלְדָבְקָה־בֽוֹ:

כג וְהוֹרִישׁ יְהוָֹה אֶת־כָּל־הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵלֶּה מִלִּפְנֵיכֶם וִֽירִשְׁתֶּם גּוֹיִם גְּדֹלִים וַֽעֲצֻמִים מִכֶּֽם:

כד כָּל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר תִּדְרֹךְ כַּֽף־רַגְלְכֶם בּוֹ לָכֶם יִֽהְיֶה מִן־הַמִּדְבָּר וְהַלְּבָנוֹן מִן־הַנָּהָר נְהַר־פְּרָת וְעַד הַיָּם הָאַֽחֲרוֹן יִֽהְיֶה גְּבֻֽלְכֶֽם:

כה לֹֽא־יִתְיַצֵּב אִישׁ בִּפְנֵיכֶם פַּחְדְּכֶם וּמוֹרַֽאֲכֶם יִתֵּן ׀ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם עַל־פְּנֵי כָל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר תִּדְרְכוּ־בָהּ כַּֽאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר לָכֶֽם: ס ס ס

ראה מז 47

[פרשת ראה] כו רְאֵה אָֽנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָֽה:

כז אֶת־הַבְּרָכָה אֲשֶׁר תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל־מִצְוֹת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּֽוֹם:

כח וְהַקְּלָלָה אִם־לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ אֶל־מִצְוֹת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם וְסַרְתֶּם מִן־הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם לָלֶכֶת אַֽחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים אֲשֶׁר לֹֽא־יְדַעְתֶּֽם: ס

כט וְהָיָה כִּי יְבִֽיאֲךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־אַתָּה בָא־שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ וְנָֽתַתָּה אֶת־הַבְּרָכָה עַל־הַר גְּרִזִּים וְאֶת־הַקְּלָלָה עַל־הַר עֵיבָֽל:

ל הֲלֹא־הֵמָּה בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן אַֽחֲרֵי דֶּרֶךְ מְבוֹא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ בְּאֶרֶץ הַֽכְּנַֽעֲנִי הַיּשֵׁב בָּֽעֲרָבָה מוּל הַגִּלְגָּל אֵצֶל אֵֽלוֹנֵי מֹרֶֽה:

לא כִּי אַתֶּם עֹֽבְרִים אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן לָבֹא לָרֶשֶׁת אֶת־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם נֹתֵן לָכֶם וִֽירִשְׁתֶּם אֹתָהּ וִֽישַׁבְתֶּם־בָּֽהּ:

לב וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם לַֽעֲשׂוֹת אֵת כָּל־הַֽחֻקִּים וְאֶת־הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּֽוֹם:

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