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 Deuteronomy 4
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Israel Urged to Obey God's Law

1 "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I R137 am teaching you to perform, so that you R138 may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 "You R139 shall not add to the word which I R140 am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. 3 "Your R141 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 them F72 from among you. 4 "But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you.

5 "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just R142 as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6 "So keep and do them, for R143 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 what R144 great nation is there that has a god so R145 near to it as is the LORD our God whenever R146 we call on Him? 8 "Or what great nation is there that has statutes R147 and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?

9 "Only give R148 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 all R149 the days of your life; but make R150 them known to your sons and your grandsons. 10 "Remember 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 so R151 they may learn to fear F73 Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach R152 their children.' 11 "You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and R153 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 form--only a voice. 13 "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the R154 Ten Commandments; F74 and He R155 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 watch R156 yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form R157 on the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, 16 so that you do not act R158 corruptly and make R159 a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any R160 winged bird that flies in the sky, 18 the 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, all R161 the host of heaven, and R162 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 the R163 iron furnace, from Egypt, to be R164 a people for His own possession, as today.

21 "Now R165 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 I R166 will die in this land, I shall not cross the Jordan, but you shall cross and take possession of this good R167 land. 23 "So watch yourselves, that R168 you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make R169 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 consuming R170 fire, a jealous R171 God.

25 "When you become F75 the father of children and children's children and have remained long in the land, and act R172 corruptly, and make R173 an idol F76 in the form of anything, and do R174 that which is evil in the sight of the LORD your God so as to provoke Him to anger, 26 I call R175 heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will surely R176 perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live F77 long on it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27 "The LORD will scatter R177 you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD drives you. 28 "There R178 you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, wood R179 and stone, which R180 neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 "But R181 from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with R182 all your heart and all your soul. 30 "When you are R183 in distress and all these things have come upon you, in R184 the latter days you R185 will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice. 31 "For the LORD your God is a compassionate R186 God; He R187 will not fail you nor destroy R188 you nor forget R189 the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

32 "Indeed, ask R190 now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day R191 that God created man F78 on the earth, and inquire from R192 one end of the heavens to the other. Has R193 anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it? 33 "Has R194 any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard it, and survived? 34 "Or R195 has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by R196 trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by R197 a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as F79 the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 "To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there R198 is no other besides Him. 36 "Out R199 of the heavens He let you hear His voice to R200 discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire. 37 "Because R201 F80 He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their F81 descendants after them. And He personally R202 F82 brought you from Egypt by His great power, 38 driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and to R203 give you their land for an inheritance, as it is today. 39 "Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the R204 LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other. 40 "So R205 you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving F83 you today, that it R206 may go well with you and with your children after you, and that R207 you may live F84 long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time."

41 Then R208 Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the east, F85 42 that 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 Bezer R209 in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

44 Now this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel; 45 these are the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, when they came out from Egypt, 46 across the Jordan, in the valley opposite R210 Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon R211 king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel defeated F86 when they came out from Egypt. 47 They took possession of his land and the land of Og R212 king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were across the Jordan to the east, F87 48 from Aroer, R213 which is on the edge of the valley F88 of Arnon, even as far as Mount R214 Sion (that is, Hermon), 49 with all the Arabah across the Jordan to the east, even as far as the sea of the Arabah, at F89 the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.

F72: Lit him
F73: Or reverence
F74: Lit Words
F75: Lit beget
F76: Or a graven image
F77: Lit prolong your days
F78: Or Adam
F79: Lit according to all that
F80: Lit And instead, because
F81: Lit his seed
F82: Lit with His presence
F83: Lit commanding
F84: Lit prolong your days
F85: Lit sunrise
F86: Lit smote
F87: Lit sunrise
F88: Or wadi
F89: Lit under

R137: Deuteronomy 1:3
R138: Leviticus 18:5; Deuteronomy 5:33; 8:1; 16:20; 30:16,19; Ezekiel 20:11; Romans 10:5
R139: Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18
R140: Deuteronomy 4:5,14,40
R141: Numbers 25:1-9
R142: Leviticus 26:46; 27:34
R143: Deuteronomy 30:19,20; 32:46,47; Job 1:28:28; Psalms 19:7; 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 2 Timothy 3:15
R144: Deuteronomy 4:32-34; 2 Samuel 7:23
R145: Psalms 34:17,18; 145:18; 148:14; Isaiah 55:6
R146: Psalms 34:18; 85:9
R147: Psalms 89:14; 97:2; 119:144,160,172
R148: Deuteronomy 4:23; 6:12; 8:11,14,19; Proverbs 4:23; 23:19
R149: Deuteronomy 6:2; 12:1; 16:3
R150: Genesis 18:19; Deuteronomy 4:10; 6:7,20-25; 11:19; 32:46; Psalms 78:5,6; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4
R151: Deuteronomy 14:23; 17:19; 31:12,13
R152: Deuteronomy 4:9
R153: Exodus 19:18; Hebrews 12:18,19
R154: Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 10:4
R155: Exodus 31:18; 34:1,28
R156: Joshua 23:11
R157: Isaiah 40:18
R158: Deuteronomy 4:25; 9:12; 31:29
R159: Exodus 20:4; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 5:8,9; 27:15; Romans 1:23
R160: Romans 1:23
R161: Genesis 2:1; Deuteronomy 17:3; 2 Kings 17:16; 21:3
R162: Deuteronomy 13:5,10; Job 1:31:26-28
R163: 1 Kings 8:51; Jeremiah 11:4
R164: Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2; 26:18; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9
R165: Numbers 20:12; Deuteronomy 1:37
R166: Numbers 27:13,14
R167: Deuteronomy 3:25
R168: Deuteronomy 4:9
R169: Deuteronomy 4:16
R170: Exodus 24:17; Deuteronomy 9:3; Isaiah 30:27; 33:14; Hebrews 12:29
R171: Deuteronomy 5:9; 6:15
R172: Deuteronomy 4:16
R173: Deuteronomy 4:23
R174: 2 Kings 17:17
R175: Deuteronomy 30:19; 31:28; 32:1; Isaiah 1:2; Micah 6:2
R176: Deuteronomy 7:4; 8:19,20
R177: Leviticus 26:33; Deuteronomy 28:64; 29:28; Nehemiah 1:8
R178: Deuteronomy 28:36,64; Jeremiah 16:13
R179: Deuteronomy 29:17
R180: Psalms 115:4-8; 135:15-18; Isaiah 44:12-20
R181: Deuteronomy 30:1-3,10; 2 Chronicles 15:4; Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13
R182: Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12
R183: Psalms 18:6; 59:16; 107:6,13
R184: Deuteronomy 31:29; Jeremiah 23:20; Hosea 3:5; Hebrews 1:2
R185: Jeremiah 4:1,2
R186: Exodus 34:6; 2 Chronicles 30:9; Nehemiah 9:31; Psalms 103:8; 111:4; 116:5; Jonah 4:2
R187: Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Joshua 1:5; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Hebrews 13:5
R188: Jeremiah 30:11
R189: Leviticus 26:45
R190: Deuteronomy 32:7; Job 1:8:8
R191: Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 45:12
R192: Deuteronomy 28:64; Matthew 24:31
R193: Deuteronomy 4:7; 2 Samuel 7:23
R194: Exodus 20:22; Deuteronomy 5:24,26
R195: Exodus 14:30; Deuteronomy 33:29
R196: Deuteronomy 7:19
R197: Deuteronomy 5:15; 6:21; Psalms 136:12
R198: Exodus 8:10; 9:14; Deuteronomy 4:39; 32:12,39; 1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 43:10-12; 44:6-8; 45:5-7; Mark 12:32
R199: Exodus 19:9,19; 20:18,22; Deuteronomy 4:33; Nehemiah 9:13; Hebrews 12:25
R200: Deuteronomy 8:5
R201: Deuteronomy 7:7,8; 10:15; 33:3
R202: Exodus 33:14; Isaiah 63:9
R203: Numbers 32:4; 34:14,15
R204: Deuteronomy 4:35; Joshua 2:11
R205: Leviticus 22:31; Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalms 105:45
R206: Deuteronomy 4:1; 5:16,29,33; 6:3,18; 12:25,28; 22:7
R207: Exodus 23:26; Deuteronomy 32:47
R208: Numbers 35:6; Deuteronomy 19:2-13; Joshua 20:7-9
R209: Joshua 20:8
R210: Deuteronomy 3:29
R211: Numbers 21:21-25
R212: Deuteronomy 1:4; 3:3,4
R213: Deuteronomy 2:36; 3:12
R214: Deuteronomy 3:9; Psalms 133:3


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