Observe1 them carefully, for this will show your wisdom2 and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."37
What other nation is so great4 as to have their gods near5 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 laws6 as this body of laws I am setting before you today?
Only be careful,7 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. Teach8 them to your children9 and to their children after them.
Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb,10 when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn11 to revere12 me as long as they live in the land13 and may teach14 them to their children."
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain15 while it blazed with fire16 to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness.1712
Then the LORD spoke18 to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form;19 there was only a voice.2013
He declared to you his covenant,21 the Ten Commandments,22 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 laws23 you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.
You saw no form24 of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb25 out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,2616
so that you do not become corrupt27 and make for yourselves an idol,28 an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,