4:23 Be on guard so that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he has made with you, and that you do not make an image of any kind, just as he 1 has forbidden 2 you. 4:24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire; he is a jealous God. 3
Threat and Blessing following Covenant Disobedience
4:25 After you have produced children and grandchildren and have been in the land a long time, 4 if you become corrupt and make an image of any kind 5 and do other evil things before the Lord your God that enrage him, 6 4:26 I invoke heaven and earth as witnesses against you 7 today that you will surely and swiftly be removed 8 from the very land you are about to cross the Jordan to possess. You will not last long there because you will surely be 9 annihilated. 4:27 Then the Lord will scatter you among the peoples and there will be very few of you 10 among the nations where the Lord will drive you. 4:28 There you will worship gods made by human hands – wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell. 4:29 But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find him, if, indeed, you seek him with all your heart and soul. 11 4:30 In your distress when all these things happen to you in the latter days, 12 if you return to the Lord your God and obey him 13 4:31 (for he 14 is a merciful God), he will not let you down 15 or destroy you, for he cannot 16 forget the covenant with your ancestors that he confirmed by oath to them.