The Message

Deuteronomy 8

11-5 Keep and live out the entire commandment that I’m commanding you today so that you’ll live and prosper and enter and own the land that God promised to your ancestors. Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not. He put you through hard times. He made you go hungry. Then he fed you with manna, something neither you nor your parents knew anything about, so you would learn that men and women don’t live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth. Your clothes didn’t wear out and your feet didn’t blister those forty years. You learned deep in your heart that God disciplines you in the same ways a father disciplines his child.

6-9 So it’s paramount that you keep the commandments of God, your God, walk down the roads he shows you and reverently respect him. God is about to bring you into a good land, a land with brooks and rivers, springs and lakes, streams out of the hills and through the valleys. It’s a land of wheat and barley, of vines and figs and pomegranates, of olives, oil, and honey. It’s land where you’ll never go hungry—always food on the table and a roof over your head. It’s a land where you’ll get iron out of rocks and mine copper from the hills.

10 After a meal, satisfied, bless God, your God, for the good land he has given you.

11-16 Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today. Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up—make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God,

the God who delivered you from Egyptian slavery;
the God who led you through that huge and fearsome wilderness,
those desolate, arid badlands crawling with fiery snakes and scorpions;
the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock;
the God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you.

17-18 If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”—well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today.

19-20 If you forget, forget God, your God, and start taking up with other gods, serving and worshiping them, I’m on record right now as giving you firm warning: that will be the end of you; I mean it—destruction. You’ll go to your doom—the same as the nations God is destroying before you; doom because you wouldn’t obey the Voice of God, your God.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 8


1“你们要谨遵我今日吩咐你们的一切诫命,以便能够存活,生养众多,并且得到耶和华起誓要赐给你们祖先的土地。 要记住这四十年来你们的上帝耶和华怎样在旷野引领你们,祂磨炼你们、考验你们,好知道你们的心意如何、肯不肯遵守祂的诫命。 祂让你们忍饥挨饿,然后赐给你们祖祖辈辈从未见过的吗哪吃,为了使你们明白人活着不是单靠食物,乃是靠祂口中的每一句话。 这四十年来,你们的衣服没有穿破,双脚也没有走肿。 你们心里要明白,你们的上帝耶和华管教你们,如同父亲管教儿子。

“所以,你们要遵守你们的上帝耶和华的诫命,行祂的道,敬畏祂, 因为祂要带你们到一个佳美之地。那里的谷中和山间流淌着条条溪流、股股清泉; 那里盛产大麦、小麦、葡萄、无花果、石榴、橄榄油和蜂蜜; 那里食物充足,一无所缺;那里矿产资源丰富,石头就是铁,山中可以采铜。 10 你们吃饱喝足后,要赞美你们的上帝耶和华,因为祂赐给你们那佳美之地。

11 “你们要谨慎,免得忘记你们的上帝耶和华,不遵守我今天吩咐你们的诫命、典章和律例。 12 当你们丰衣足食、居室华美、 13 牛羊众多、金银日增的时候, 14 切勿心骄气傲,忘记你们的上帝耶和华。祂把你们从受奴役之地——埃及救出来, 15 带领你们走过干旱、可怕、毒蛇和蝎子出没的大旷野。祂使坚硬的磐石流出水来给你们喝, 16 在旷野中把你们祖先从未见过的吗哪赐给你们吃,为要磨炼你们、考验你们,使你们最终得到益处。 17 你们切勿以为是凭自己的双手和能力致富的。 18 要记住,是你们的上帝耶和华赐给你们致富的能力,为要坚立祂给你们祖先的誓约,正如今日的情形。

19 “我今天警告你们,如果你们忘记你们的上帝耶和华,去追随、供奉、祭拜其他神明,你们必灭亡。 20 如果你们不听从你们的上帝耶和华,你们必灭亡,正如祂使列国在你们面前灭亡一样。