Deuteronomy 8:11-20

11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,
14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.
16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.
20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 8:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
ESV
11 "Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today,
NLT
11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.
MSG
11 Make sure you don't forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today
CSB
11 "Be careful that you don't forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His command-the ordinances and statutes-I am giving you today.

Deuteronomy 8:11-20 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO DEUTERONOMY 8

In this chapter Moses repeats the exhortation to observe the commands of God, and urges the Israelites to it, from the consideration of the great and good things God had done for them in the wilderness, and even in those instances which were chastisements, and were of an humbling nature, De 8:1-6, and on the consideration of the blessings of the good land they were going to possess, De 8:7-9 for which blessings they are exhorted to be thankful, and are cautioned against pride of heart through them, and forgetfulness of God, and of his goodness to them while in the wilderness, and when brought into the land of Canaan, which they were to ascribe to his power and goodness, and not their own, De 8:10-18, and the chapter is concluded with a warning against idolatry, lest they perish through it as the nations before them, De 8:19,20.

Deuteronomy 8:11-20 In-Context

9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,
14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.
16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.
20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

Cross References 16

  • 1. Deuteronomy 4:9
  • 2. Proverbs 30:9; Hosea 13:6
  • 3. ver 11; Psalms 78:7; Psalms 106:21
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 1:19; S Deuteronomy 32:10; Jeremiah 2:6
  • 5. Numbers 21:6; Isaiah 14:29; Isaiah 30:6
  • 6. Exodus 17:6; Numbers 20:11; Deuteronomy 32:13; Job 28:9; Psalms 78:15; Psalms 114:8
  • 7. S Exodus 16:14
  • 8. Exodus 16:15
  • 9. S Genesis 22:1
  • 10. Dt 9:4,7,24; Deuteronomy 31:27
  • 11. Judges 7:2; Psalms 44:3; Isaiah 10:13
  • 12. Genesis 26:13; Deuteronomy 26:10; Deuteronomy 28:4; 1 Samuel 2:7; Psalms 25:13; Psalms 112:3; Proverbs 8:18; Proverbs 10:22; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Hosea 2:8
  • 13. Deuteronomy 6:14; Psalms 16:4; Jeremiah 7:6; Jeremiah 13:10; Jeremiah 25:6
  • 14. Deuteronomy 4:26; Deuteronomy 30:18
  • 15. 2 Kings 21:2; Psalms 10:16
  • 16. Ezekiel 5:5-17
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