Deuteronomy 11:12

12 It's a land that God, your God, personally tends - he's the gardener - he alone keeps his eye on it all year long.

Deuteronomy 11:12 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 11:12

A land which the Lord thy God careth for
In a very particular and special manner; otherwise he has a general care of the whole world, and all the parts of it; for as the earth is his, and the fulness thereof, his providential care reaches everywhere; but as this spot was what he had chosen for his own residence, and the place of his worship, and for an habitation for his peculiar people; he exercised a more peculiar care over it, to make it fruitful, commodious, and pleasant; or which "he seeketh" F9; that is, the good of it, and to make it convenient, useful, and delightful to his people; yea, which he sought for and desired for his own habitation, ( Psalms 132:13 Psalms 132:14 ) ,

the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of
the year even unto the end of the year;
his eyes of providence, to give the former and the latter rain, and that there be seedtime and harvest in their seasons, and that the fruits of it be produced at their proper time; some at the beginning, others at the end of the year, and others in the intervening months, and all wisely suited to the good of the inhabitants of it.


F9 (vrd) "quaerit", Pagninus; "quaerens", Montanus.

Deuteronomy 11:12 In-Context

10 The land you are entering to take up ownership isn't like Egypt, the land you left, where you had to plant your own seed and water it yourselves as in a vegetable garden.
11 But the land you are about to cross the river and take for your own is a land of mountains and valleys; it drinks water that rains from the sky.
12 It's a land that God, your God, personally tends - he's the gardener - he alone keeps his eye on it all year long.
13 From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you,
14 he'll take charge of sending the rain at the right time, both autumn and spring rains, so that you'll be able to harvest your grain, your grapes, your olives.
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