The Lord’s Provision in the Desert
8:1 You must keep carefully all these commandments 1 I am giving 2 you today so that you may live, increase in number, 3 and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors. 4 8:2 Remember the whole way by which he 5 has brought you these forty years through the desert 6 so that he might, by humbling you, test you to see if you have it within you to keep his commandments or not. 8:3 So he humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you with unfamiliar manna. 7 He did this to teach you 8 that humankind 9 cannot live by bread 10 alone, but also by everything that comes from the Lord’s mouth. 11 8:4 Your clothing did not wear out nor did your feet swell all these forty years. 8:5 Be keenly aware that just as a parent disciplines his child, 12 the Lord your God disciplines you. 8:6 So you must keep his 13 commandments, live according to his standards, 14 and revere him. 8:7 For the Lord your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of brooks, 15 springs, and fountains flowing forth in valleys and hills, 8:8 a land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates, of olive trees and honey, 8:9 a land where you may eat food 16 in plenty and find no lack of anything, a land whose stones are iron 17 and from whose hills you can mine copper. 8:10 You will eat your fill and then praise the Lord your God because of the good land he has given you.