Deuteronomy 28:52
They will besiege all your cities, until the high and fortified walls in which you trust have fallen in all the land. They will besiege all your cities throughout the land the LORD your God has given you.
The High and Fenced WallsJ. Orr Deuteronomy 28:52
A Nation Becoming a BeaconR.M. Edgar Deuteronomy 28:15-68
The Remoter Consequences of RebellionD. Davies Deuteronomy 28:45-68
The Extremity of the CurseJ. Orr Deuteronomy 28:49-59
God's enemies will ultimately be driven from all their defenses. Cities "great and fenced up to heaven" will be no defense to them, any more than they were to the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 9:1). Horses and chariots (Psalm 20:7), numbers, prowess, wealth (Proverbs 10:15), arts of policy, leagues with foreign powers (Isaiah 30.), afford no protection when God is the besieger. Spiritually, the sinner will ultimately be driven out of every "refuge of lies."

1. Self-righteousness; every mouth shall be stopped (Romans 3:19).

2. False trusts (Matthew 3:9; Matthew 7:22).

3. Evasions and excuses (Matthew 25:26; Luke 14:18). - J.O.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Obedience brings a blessing on all the provisions which our industry earns for us. That which comes in and goes out at once, like fruit in the basket which is for immediate use, shall be blessed; and that which is laid by with us for a longer season shall equally receive a blessing. Perhaps ours is a hand basket portion. We have a little for breakfast, and a scanty bite for dinner in a basket when we go out to our work in the morning. This is well, for the blessing of God is promised to the basket. If we live from hand to mouth, getting each day's supply in the day, we are as well off as Israel; for when the Lord entertained His favoured people He only gave them a day's manna at a time. What more did they need? What more do we need? But if we have a store, how much we need the Lord to bless it! For there is the care of getting, the care of keeping, the care of managing, the care of using; and, unless the Lord bless it, these cares will eat into our hearts, till our goods become our gods, and our cares prove cankers. O Lord, bless our substance. Enable us to use it for Thy glory. Help us to keep worldly things in their proper places, and never may our savings endanger the saving of our souls.

( C. H. Spurgeon.)

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