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 26:17
 26:18
26:17 Today you have declared allegiance to God, making Him your God, and [pledging to] walk in His paths, keep His decrees, commandments and laws, and to obey His voice.
Et-Adonay he'emarta hayom liheyot lecha le'Elohim velalechet bidrachav velishmor chukav umitsvotav umishpatav velishmoa bekolo.
26:18 God has similarly declared allegiance to you today, making you His special nation as He promised you. If you keep all His commandments,
V'Adonay he'emircha hayom liheyot lo le'am sgulah ka'asher diber-lach velishmor kol-mitsvotav.



Commentary:

declared allegiance
  Or, 'betrothed' (Malbim; cf. Gittin 57b). He-emar in Hebrew. Or, 'distinguished' (Rashi) 'raised' (Rashi; Ibn Janach; Radak, Sherashim; Sforno), 'raised to the top' (Lekach Tov; Ralbag); 'given fame to' (Ibn Janach, quoting Sherira Gaon, Shabbath 105a); 'accepted the uniqueness of' (Rashi, Chagigah 3a, Gittin 57b; Arukh, s.v. Amar); 'granted praise and importance to' (Rashi, Berakhoth 6a, s.v. Chativa; cf. Targum); 'exchanged everything for' (Chizzkuni; Paaneach Razah); 'brought God to declare' (Ibn Ezra, quoting Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi), fais dire in French (Rashbam; Chizzkuni); 'caused it to be said of God' (Hirsch); 'recognised God' (Saadia), or, 'chosen' (Septuagint).

special nation
  Am Segulah. See Deuteronomy, 7:6, 14:2, Exodus 6:7, 19:5. This day was therefore like Sinai (Ramban).

If
  Literally, 'and.' Or, 'Therefore, keep ...' (Targum Yonathan).





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