Deuteronomy 4

Israel Urged to Obey God’s Law

1Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which a  I am teaching you to perform, so that b  you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the  Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 c  You shall not add to the word which d  I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the  Lord your God which I command you. 3 e  Your eyes have seen what the  Lord has done in the case of Baal-peor, for all the men who followed Baal-peor, the  Lord your God has destroyed
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them from among you.
4But you who held fast to the  Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.

5See, I have taught you statutes and judgments g  just as the  Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6So keep and do them, h  for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7“For i  what great nation is there that has a god j  so near to it as is the  Lord our God k  whenever we call on Him? 8Or what great nation is there that has l  statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

9Only m  give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart n  all the days of your life; but o  make them known to your sons and your grandsons. 10Remember the day you stood before the  Lord your God at Horeb, when the  Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words p  so they may learn to
Or reverence
fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may r  teach their children.’
11You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, s  and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. 12“Then the  Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no formonly a voice. 13So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, t  the Ten
Lit Words
Commandments; and v  He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
14“The  Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.

15“So w  watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any x  form on the day the  Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, 16so that you do not y  act corruptly and z  make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of aa  any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth. 19“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, ab  all the host of heaven, ac  and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the  Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. 20“But the  Lord has taken you and brought you out of ad  the iron furnace, from Egypt, to ae  be a people for His own possession, as today.

21 af  “Now the  Lord was angry with me on your account, and swore that I would not cross the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the  Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22“For ag  I will die in this land, I shall not cross the Jordan, but you shall cross and take possession of this ah  good land. 23So watch yourselves, ai  that you do not forget the covenant of the  Lord your God which He made with you, and aj  make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the  Lord your God has commanded you. 24“For the  Lord your God is a ak  consuming fire, a al  jealous God.

25When you
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become the father of children and children’s children and have remained long in the land, and an  act corruptly, and ao  make an
Or a graven image
idol in the form of anything, and aq  do that which is evil in the sight of the  Lord your God so as to provoke Him to anger,
26I ar  call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will as  surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not
Lit prolong your days
live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed.
27“The  Lord will au  scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the  Lord drives you. 28 av  There you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands aw  wood and stone ax  which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 ay  But from there you will seek the  Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him az  with all your heart and all your soul. 30“When you ba  are in distress and all these things have come upon you, bb  in the latter days bc  you will return to the  Lord your God and listen to His voice. 31“For the  Lord your God is a bd  compassionate God; be  He will not fail you nor bf  destroy you nor bg  forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

32Indeed, bh  ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the bi  day that God created
Or Adam
man on the earth, and inquire bk  from one end of the heavens to the other. bl  Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it?
33 bm  “Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard it, and survived? 34 bn  Or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation bo  by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and bp  by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors
Lit according to all that
as the  Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35To you it was shown that you might know that the  Lord, He is God; br  there is no other besides Him. 36 bs  Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice bt  to discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire. 37
Lit And instead, because
bv  Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose
Lit his seed
their descendants after them. And He
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by  personally brought you from Egypt by His great power,
38driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and bz  to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is today. 39Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that ca  the  Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other. 40 cb  So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am
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giving you today, that cd  it may go well with you and with your children after you, and ce  that you may
Lit prolong your days
live long on the land which the  Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

41 cg  Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the
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42that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live: 43 ci  Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

44Now this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel; 45these are the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, when they came out from Egypt, 46across the Jordan, in the valley cj  opposite Beth-peor, in the land of ck  Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel
Lit smote
defeated when they came out from Egypt.
47They took possession of his land and the land of cm  Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were across the Jordan to the
Lit sunrise
48from co  Aroer, which is on the edge of the
Or wadi
valley of Arnon, even as far as cq  Mount Sion (that is, Hermon),
49with all the Arabah across the Jordan to the east, even as far as the sea of the Arabah
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at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.
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