This is heartbreaking…
[HT: reader Mary Q.]
Be careful to obey every command I give you today. Then you will live, and your population will increase. You will enter and take possession of the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors with an oath.
~ Deuteronomy 8:1, God’s Word translation, the inverse of which is if we do not obey the Lord’s commands we will die, our population will decrease, and we will lose our land.