Living a Long Life – Finis Dake

By Finis Dake

The following is a note from The Dake Annotated Reference Bible:

The sixth chapter of Deuteronomy opens with these words:

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. (Deuteronomy 6:1-2)

Keyed to the word prolonged is the following note from page 235 – How to Live Long (Deuteronomy 6:2). The word prolong with its various endings is used 25 times, nearly always of life on earth being extended if certain conditions are met.

Ten Conditions of Long Life:

1. Live free from idolatry (Deuteronomy 4:25-26)
2. Keep commandments (Deuteronomy 4:40; 6:2; 11:8-9; 32:46-47)
3. Honor parents (Deuteronomy 5:16; Ephesians 6:2)
4. Walk in God’s ways (Deuteronomy 5:33)
5. Fear God (Deuteronomy 6:2; Pr. 10:27; Ecclesiastes 8:13)
6. Humility and obedience (Deuteronomy 17:20)
7. Kindness to animals (Deuteronomy 22:6-7)
8. Faithfulness to God (Deuteronomy 30:18)
9. Having understanding and knowledge (Proverbs 28:2)
10. Hatred of covetousness (Proverbs 28:16)

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