The following is a three-voice readers’ theatre setting of Deuteronomy 8:8-18.
One: The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—
a land of flowing streams and pools of water,
that flow out into the valleys and hills.
Two: It is a land of wheat and barley;
Three: of vines and fig trees and pomegranates,
Two: a land of oil-rich olive trees and honey.
One: In that land, you’ll always have plenty to eat—
Three: you won’t lack for anything!
Two: It is a land where iron is as common as stone,
and copper is abundant in the hills.
One: When you have eaten your fill—
when your stomachs are full and you are no longer hungry—
be sure to praise the Lord your God
for the good land he has given you.
Three: Be very careful!
One: Be careful that in your plenty
you do not forget the Lord your God.
Two: When your stomachs are full,
Three: when you’ve built comfortable houses to live in,
Two: when you have large herds and flocks,
Three: when you possess plenty of silver and gold—
Two: when you have more things than you ever imagined possible—
Three: then take care!
One: Take care that you do not become proud,
and forget the Lord your God,
Two: Do not say to yourself:
Three: “I did all this. All by myself. It’s all mine!”
Two: Think again.
Remember that God, your God,
gave you the strength to produce all this wealth,
in order to fulfill the covenant he made with your ancestors.
~ Christine Longhurst, from Deuteronomy 8:8-18