Moses' hearty advice to the children of Israel
now, O Israel, listen to the 1statutes
and the 1ordinances
which I am teaching you to do, in order that you may alive
and go in and possess the land which Jehovah, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
add to the word which I am commanding you, nor shall you btake
away from it, that you may keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I am commanding you.
are the eyes that have seen that which Jehovah has done in aBaal
-peor; for all the men who went after Baal-peor, Jehovah your God has destroyed from your midst.
you who ajoined
yourselves to Jehovah your God are alive, all of you, today.
, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, as Jehovah my God commanded me, so that you would do them within the land which you are going in to possess.
and do them
therefore; for this will be your wisdom and prudence in the sight of the peoples who hear all these statutes and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and prudent people.
what great anation
is there that has a god so bnear
to it as Jehovah our God is whenever we 1ccall
what great nation is there that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law which I am setting before you today?
be careful and guard 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 the days of your life; rather, make them known to your children and to your grandchildren.
Especially do not forget
the day when you stood before Jehovah your God at Horeb, when Jehovah said to me, Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, so that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live upon the earth and may teach their children as much.
you came near and astood
at the foot of the mountain; and the mountain was burning with bfire
up into the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and deep darkness there.
Jehovah spoke to you from the midst of the fire. The asound
of words could you hear, but no bform
could you see; there was
only a voice.
He declared to you His covenant, which He commanded you to do, aten 1commandments
; and He wrote them upon two btablets
Jehovah commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to do in the land which you are about to cross over into to possess.
take careful heed to your souls, for you did not see any form at all on the day when Jehovah spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire,
that you do not spoil yourselves and make for yourselves an aidol
, a form of any image, a figure of male or female,
figure of any animal which is on the earth, a figure of any winged bird which flies in the sky,
figure of anything that crawls on the ground, a figure of any fish that is in the water under the earth;
And take heed
that, when you lift up your eyes to the sky and see the asun
and the moon and the stars, all the bhost
of heaven, you are not drawn away in worship to them and that you do not serve them, which Jehovah your God has assigned to all the peoples under all heaven.
Jehovah has taken you and brought you forth from the airon
furnace, from Egypt, that you would be to Him a people for His
inheritance, as you are
Jehovah was aangry
with me on your account and swore that I would bnot
cross over the Jordan and that I would not enter the good land which Jehovah your God is giving you as an inheritance.
I am to die in this land; I am anot
to cross over the Jordan. But you are crossing over and you will possess this good land.
heed to yourselves that you do not forget the covenant of Jehovah your God, which He has made with you, and make for yourselves an idol, the form of anything, which Jehovah your God has forbidden you to make.
Jehovah your God is a aconsuming
fire, a bjealous
you have brought forth children and grandchildren and have 1languished
in the land, and you have spoiled yourselves by making an idol, the form of anything, and have done that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah your God so as to anger Him;
and earth to witness against you today that surely you will soon perish from off the land into which you are crossing over the Jordan to possess; you will not extend your days upon it, but you will be utterly destroyed.
Jehovah will ascatter
you among the peoples, and you will be left bfew
in number among the nations to which Jehovah will drive you.
there you will serve gods which are
the work of human ahands
wood and stone, which do not see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
from there you will aseek
Jehovah your God, and you will find Him
if you search for Him with ball
your heart and with all your soul.
you are in distress and all these things happen to you, when you are
in the last days, you will return to Jehovah your God and listen to His voice.
Jehovah your God is a acompassionate
God; He will bnot
fail you nor let you perish nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.
ask now regarding the former days, which were before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask
from one end of heaven to the other, Has anything as great as this ever happened, or has anything like this ever been heard of?
a people ever heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the afire
, as you have heard, and lived?
God ever ventured to go and take to Himself a nation from the midst of another
nation by trials, by signs and wonders, and by war and a amighty
hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, like all that Jehovah your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
were shown these things
that you might know that it is Jehovah who is God; there is ano
other besides Him.
heaven He let you hear His voice that He might discipline you, and upon the earth He showed you His great fire, and His words you heard from the midst of the fire.
because He aloved
your fathers, He chose their seed after them and brought you out by His presence, by His great power, from Egypt,
out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and
give you their land as an inheritance, as it is
therefore today and bring it
to heart that Jehovah is God in aheaven
above and upon the earth below; there is no other.
keep His statutes and His commandments, which I am commanding you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, so that you may extend your days upon the land which Jehovah your God is giving you 1forever
Moses setting apart three cities of refuge east of Jordan
Moses set apart three 1cities
across the Jordan toward the rising of the sun,
might flee there, who slays his neighbor without intent and did not hate him previously, and in fleeing to one of these cities he might live:
in the wilderness, in the land of the Plateau, belonging to the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, belonging to the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, belonging to the Manassites.
The rehearsal of the law
The rehearsing of the Ten Commandments
this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel;
are the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Moses spoke to the children of Israel when they had gone out from Egypt,
the Jordan, in the valley opposite Beth-peor, in the land of aSihon
the king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel slew when they had gone out from Egypt.
they possessed his land and the land of aOg
the king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were across the Jordan toward the rising of the sun,
Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the aArnon
, even unto Mount 1Sirion
, that is, Hermon,
all the Arabah across the Jordan on the east even to the 1sea
of the Arabah at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.