New International Version
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
King James Bible
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Darby Bible Translation
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil,
World English Bible
Behold, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
Young's Literal Translation
'See, I have set before thee to-day life and good, and death and evil,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Life and good - Present and future blessings.
Death and evil - Present and future miseries: termed, Deuteronomy 30:19, Life and death, blessing and cursing. And why were these set before them?
1. That they might comprehend their import.
2. That they might feel their importance.
3. That they might choose life, and the path of believing, loving obedience, that led to it.
4. That they and their posterity, thus choosing life and refusing evil, might be the favourites of God in time and eternity.
Were there no such thing as free will in man, who could reconcile these sayings either with sincerity or common sense? God has made the human will free, and there is no power or influence either in heaven, earth, or hell, except the power of God, that can deprive it of its free volitions; of its power to will and nill, to choose and refuse, to act or not act or force it to sin against God. Hence man is accountable for his actions, because they are his; were he necessitated by fate, or sovereign constraint, they could not be his. Hence he is rewardable, hence he is punishable. God, in his creation, willed that the human creature should be free, and he formed his soul accordingly; and the Law and Gospel, the promise and precept, the denunciation of woe and the doctrine of eternal life, are all constructed on this ground; that is, they all necessarily suppose the freedom of the human will: nor could it be will if it were not free, because the principle of freedom or liberty is necessarily implied in the idea of volition. See on the Deuteronomy 5:29 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJune 30. "Therefore, Choose" (Deut. xxx. 19).
"Therefore, choose" (Deut. xxx. 19). Men are choosing every day the spiritual or earthly. And as we choose we are taking our place unconsciously with the friends of Christ, or the world. It is not merely what ye say, it is what we prefer. When Solomon made his great choice at Gibeon, God said to him, "Because this was in thine heart to ask wisdom, therefore will I give it unto thee, and all else besides that thou didst not choose." It was not merely that he said it because it was right to say, and …
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but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die."
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse--
When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,
No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
"Furthermore, tell the people, 'This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.
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