Ekev: A Summary of the Parashah
Moses continues his speech to the Israelites, reminding them to keep God's commandments when they enter the land of Israel.
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Moses continues with his speech to the Israelites, "It will come to pass as a result of your hearing these Ten Commandments and carrying them out with care, that God will keep with you this covenant. God will love you and bless you and multiply you. God will bless the fruit of your body, your soil, grain, wine, oil and animals. You will be blessed more than all the peoples."
"But," Moses warns, "you will have to annihilate many people; your eye shall not feel any mercy for them--so that you will not serve their gods--for this is a trap for you. Don't fear them, for God, your God, is a great and awesome God. God will deliver them up before you and you shall destroy them. The images of their gods shall burn in fire. Do not lust after the silver and the gold that is upon them and take it for yourself, for it is an abomination to God.
"Remember the entire path along which God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness. God let you go hungry, then gave you manna in order to have you know that it is not by bread alone that man can make a life for himself, but that man can live by everything that comes from God. Therefore hold fast upon your heart the knowledge that as a man trains his son, so does God train you."
Moses continues, "And keep the commandments to walk in God's ways and to fear God. For your God is bringing you into a good land, a land in which you will lack for nothing. When you eat and are satisfied, then bless God for the good land that God has given you.
"Take heed not to forget God by not keeping God's commandments, for when you may have all you need, your spirit may become haughty and you might forget God, Who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the home of slaves. You might forget the way God gave you manna and water from a rock. You may be tempted to say in spirit, 'It was my own power and the might of my own hand that has gotten me this wealth.' Therefore, remember that it is God Who gives you the power to get wealth in order to uphold the covenant."
"It will come to pass," Moses continues, "that if you should nevertheless forget God and walk after other gods, and serve them and bow to them, then I bear witness to you today that you will certainly perish. Like the nations that God will cause to perish before you, so will you perish.
"In the promised land, there will be nations that are greater and mightier than you. Do not say in your heart, when your God thrusts them away from before you, 'Because of my devotion to duty did God bring me to take possession of the land.' No, it is because of the wickedness of these nations that God drives them away from before you. God drives them away to fulfill the word that God swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.