These are the terms of the covenant the LORD commanded Moses to make with the Israelites while they were in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Mount Sinai.
Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them, “You have seen with your own eyes everything the LORD did in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to his whole country—
all the great tests of strength, the miraculous signs, and the amazing wonders.
But to this day the LORD has not given you minds that understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear!
For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals did not wear out.
You ate no bread and drank no wine or other alcoholic drink, but he provided for you so you would know that he is the LORD your God.
“When we came here, King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan came out to fight against us, but we defeated them.
We took their land and gave it to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and to the half-tribe of Manasseh as their grant of land.
“Therefore, obey the terms of this covenant so that you will prosper in everything you do.
All of you—tribal leaders, elders, officers, all the men of Israel—are standing today in the presence of the LORD your God.
Your little ones and your wives are with you, as well as the foreigners living among you who chop your wood and carry your water.
You are standing here today to enter into the covenant of the LORD your God. The LORD is making this covenant, including the curses.
By entering into the covenant today, he will establish you as his people and confirm that he is your God, just as he promised you and as he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
“But you are not the only ones with whom I am making this covenant with its curses.
I am making this covenant both with you who stand here today in the presence of the LORD our God, and also with the future generations who are not standing here today.
“You remember how we lived in the land of Egypt and how we traveled through the lands of enemy nations as we left.