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Deuteronomy 8 (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. First Reading vv. 1 – 10 – Parsha Ekev
  2. Second Reading vv. 11 -20 – Parsha Ekev

Treaty (Covenant):

  1. Stipulations – General Provisions – 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 – Israel is encouraged to keep the commandments. They are promised to live, multiply and possess the land.

Deuteronomy 8 (Devarim) English Verses

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1 All the commandment which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers.

2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God hath led thee these forty years in the wilderness, that He might afflict thee, to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments, or no. 3 And He afflicted thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every thing that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live*.

Notes on Deuteronomy 8:3

* Deuteronomy 8:3 (Devarim) – man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live – Mt. 4:4; Lu. 4:4 quoted by Yeshua.

4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. 5 And thou shalt consider in thy heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. 6 And thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him.

7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey; 9 a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

Notes on Deuteronomy 8:7-9

Deuteronomy 8:7 (Devarim)
* good land –  Comp to the land of Egypt in 11.10

Deuteronomy 8:8 (Devarim)
* A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey – These are called the seven species of the Promise Land – even today. honey – is not referring to bee honey but rather the other major crop in Israel date-honey. According to Rashi, “Honey” is used to refer not only the bees’ honey, but every manner of very sweet food i.e. dates.” When dates and these types of fruits are left in the sun they will ooze honey-like juices.

Deuteronomy 8:9 (Devarim)
* stones are iron…brass – Israel is a country that is full of hard rocks that are perfect for building. The Timna Valley is still producing copper today.

Deuteronomy 8:9 (Devarim)
* When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee – This is the [takanot ?] commandment to recite a Blessing After the meal. (Berachos 48b)

10 And thou shalt eat and be satisfied, and bless the LORD thy God for the good land which He hath given thee.


11  Beware lest thou forget the LORD thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command thee this day;

12  lest when thou hast eaten and art satisfied, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13  and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14  then thy heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, who brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage;

15  who led thee through the great and dreadful wilderness, wherein were serpents, fiery serpents, and scorpions, and thirsty ground where was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16  who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that He might afflict thee, and that He might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17  and thou say in thy heart: ‘My power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth.’

18  But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God, for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Notes on Deuteronomy 8:18

* Deuteronomy 8:18 (Devarim) – Two scriptural examples where two emperors declared that they built their empires. Isaiah 10:13,14 (2 King 18-25) Assyrian king Sennacherib, Daniel 4:27-31 Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.

19  And it shall be, if thou shalt forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I forewarn you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20  As the nations that the LORD maketh to perish before you, so shall ye perish; because ye would not hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God.

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ואתחנן  מה 45

ה  Chapter 8

א כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם תִּשְׁמְרוּן לַֽעֲשׂוֹת לְמַעַן תִּֽחְיוּן וּרְבִיתֶם וּבָאתֶם וִֽירִשְׁתֶּם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָֹה לַֽאֲבֹֽתֵיכֶֽם:

ב וְזָֽכַרְתָּ אֶת־כָּל־הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר הוֹלִֽיכְךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה בַּמִּדְבָּר לְמַעַן עַנֹּֽתְךָ לְנַסֹּֽתְךָ לָדַעַת אֶת־אֲשֶׁר בִּלְבָֽבְךָ הֲתִשְׁמֹר מִצְוֹתָו [מִצְוֹתָיו] אִם־לֹֽא:

ג וַֽיְעַנְּךָ וַיַּרְעִבֶךָ וַיַּֽאֲכִֽלְךָ אֶת־הַמָּן אֲשֶׁר לֹֽא־יָדַעְתָּ וְלֹא יָֽדְעוּן אֲבֹתֶיךָ לְמַעַן הוֹדִֽיעֲךָ כִּי לֹא עַל־הַלֶּחֶם לְבַדּוֹ יִחְיֶה הָֽאָדָם כִּי עַל־כָּל־מוֹצָא פִֽי־יְהוָֹה יִחְיֶה הָֽאָדָֽם:

ד שִׂמְלָתְךָ לֹא בָֽלְתָה מֵֽעָלֶיךָ וְרַגְלְךָ לֹא בָצֵקָה זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָֽה:

ה וְיָֽדַעְתָּ עִם־לְבָבֶךָ כִּי כַּֽאֲשֶׁר יְיַסֵּר אִישׁ אֶת־בְּנוֹ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ מְיַסְּרֶֽךָּ:

ו וְשָׁמַרְתָּ אֶת־מִצְוֹת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לָלֶכֶת בִּדְרָכָיו וּלְיִרְאָה אֹתֽוֹ:

ז כִּי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ מְבִֽיאֲךָ אֶל־אֶרֶץ טוֹבָה אֶרֶץ נַחֲלֵי מָיִם עֲיָנֹת וּתְהֹמֹת יֹֽצְאִים בַּבִּקְעָה וּבָהָֽר:

ח אֶרֶץ חִטָּה וּשְׂעֹרָה וְגֶפֶן וּתְאֵנָה וְרִמּוֹן אֶֽרֶץ־זֵית שֶׁמֶן וּדְבָֽשׁ:

ט אֶרֶץ אֲשֶׁר לֹא בְמִסְכֵּנֻת תֹּֽאכַל־בָּהּ לֶחֶם לֹֽא־תֶחְסַר כֹּל בָּהּ אֶרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אֲבָנֶיהָ בַרְזֶל וּמֵֽהֲרָרֶיהָ תַּחְצֹב נְחֽשֶׁת:

י וְאָֽכַלְתָּ וְשָׂבָעְתָּ וּבֵֽרַכְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ עַל־הָאָרֶץ הַטֹּבָה אֲשֶׁר נָֽתַן־לָֽךְ:

[שני] יא הִשָּׁמֶר לְךָ פֶּן־תִּשְׁכַּח אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְבִלְתִּי שְׁמֹר מִצְוֹתָיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו וְחֻקֹּתָיו אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּֽוֹם:

עקב מו 46

יב פֶּן־תֹּאכַל וְשָׂבָעְתָּ וּבָתִּים טֹבִים תִּבְנֶה וְיָשָֽׁבְתָּ:

יג וּבְקָֽרְךָ וְצֹֽאנְךָ יִרְבְּיֻן וְכֶסֶף וְזָהָב יִרְבֶּה־לָּךְ וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר־לְךָ יִרְבֶּֽה:

יד וְרָם לְבָבֶךָ וְשָֽׁכַחְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ הַמּוֹצִֽיאֲךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִֽים:

טו הַמּוֹלִיכֲךָ בַּמִּדְבָּר ׀ הַגָּדֹל וְהַנּוֹרָא נָחָשׁ ׀ שָׂרָף וְעַקְרָב וְצִמָּאוֹן אֲשֶׁר אֵין־מָיִם הַמּוֹצִיא לְךָ מַיִם מִצּוּר הַֽחַלָּמִֽישׁ:

טז הַמַּֽאֲכִלְךָ מָן בַּמִּדְבָּר אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָֽדְעוּן אֲבֹתֶיךָ לְמַעַן עַנֹּֽתְךָ וּלְמַעַן נַסֹּתֶךָ לְהֵיטִֽבְךָ בְּאַֽחֲרִיתֶֽךָ:

יז וְאָֽמַרְתָּ בִּלְבָבֶךָ כֹּחִי וְעֹצֶם יָדִי עָשָׂה לִי אֶת־הַחַיִל הַזֶּֽה:

יח וְזָֽכַרְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ כִּי הוּא הַנֹּתֵן לְךָ כֹּחַ לַֽעֲשׂוֹת חָיִל לְמַעַן הָקִים אֶת־בְּרִיתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּע לַֽאֲבֹתֶיךָ כַּיּוֹם הַזֶּֽה: פ

יט וְהָיָה אִם־שָׁכֹחַ תִּשְׁכַּח אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְהָֽלַכְתָּ אַֽחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים וַֽעֲבַדְתָּם וְהִשְׁתַּֽחֲוִיתָ לָהֶם הַֽעִדֹתִי בָכֶם הַיּוֹם כִּי אָבֹד תֹּֽאבֵדֽוּן:

כ כַּגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה מַֽאֲבִיד מִפְּנֵיכֶם כֵּן תֹּֽאבֵדוּן עֵקֶב לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּן בְּקוֹל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶֽם: פ

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