12Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
13For he has strengthened the bars of your gates.
He has blessed your children within you.
14He makes peace in your borders.
He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15He sends out his commandment to the earth.
His word runs very swiftly.
16He gives snow like wool,
and scatters frost like ashes.
17He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can stand before his cold?
18He sends out his word, and melts them.
He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19He shows his word to Jacob;
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
20He has not done this for just any nation.
They don’t know his ordinances.
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
2 And you shall remember the entire journey along which the Lord your God led you, for forty years through the desert, to afflict you, and to test you, and to make known the things that were turning in your soul, whether or not you would keep his commandments.
3 He afflicted you with need, and he gave you Manna as your food, which neither you nor your fathers knew, so as to reveal to you that it is not by bread alone that man lives, but by every word that goes forth from the mouth of God.
14 your heart might be lifted up, and you might not remember the Lord your God, who led you away from the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude,
15 and who was your leader in the great and terrible wilderness, in which there was the serpent with a burning breath, and the scorpion, and the snake of thirst, and no waters at all. He led streams out of the hardest rock,
16 and he nourished you in the wilderness with Manna, which your fathers had not known. And after he had afflicted and tested you, in the very end, he took pity on you.
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