But be vigilant, lest you be seduced away and end up serving and worshiping other gods
and God erupts in anger and shuts down Heaven so there's no rain and nothing grows in the fields, and in no time at all you're starved out - not a trace of you left on the good land that God is giving you.
Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder.
Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night.
Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities
so that you'll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth.
That's right. If you diligently keep all this commandment that I command you to obey - love God, your God, do what he tells you, stick close to him -
God on his part will drive out all these nations that stand in your way. Yes, he'll drive out nations much bigger and stronger than you.
Every square inch on which you place your foot will be yours. Your borders will stretch from the wilderness to the mountains of Lebanon, from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea.
No one will be able to stand in your way. Everywhere you go, God-sent fear and trembling will precede you, just as he promised.
I've brought you today to the crossroads of Blessing and Curse.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)