See, I have taught1 you decrees and laws2 as the LORD my God commanded3 me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering4 to take possession of it.
Observe5 them carefully, for this will show your wisdom6 and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."77
What other nation is so great8 as to have their gods near9 them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws10 as this body of laws I am setting before you today?
Only be careful,11 and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach12 them to your children13 and to their children after them.
Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb,14 when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn15 to revere16 me as long as they live in the land17 and may teach18 them to their children."
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain19 while it blazed with fire20 to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness.2112
Then the LORD spoke22 to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form;23 there was only a voice.2413
He declared to you his covenant,25 the Ten Commandments,26 which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.
And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws27 you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.