For you are a people holy1 to the LORD your God.2 The LORD your God has chosen3 you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.47
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous5 than other peoples, for you were the fewest6 of all peoples.78
But it was because the LORD loved8 you and kept the oath he swore9 to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand10 and redeemed11 you from the land of slavery,12 from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God;13 he is the faithful God,14 keeping his covenant of love15 to a thousand generations16 of those who love him and keep his commands.1710
But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.1811
Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.