Deuteronomy 8:17-18

17 Beware 1lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.'
18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for 2it is he who gives you power to get wealth, 3that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Deuteronomy 9:4]
  • 2. [Proverbs 10:22; Hosea 2:8]
  • 3. Deuteronomy 7:8, 12
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