well-furnished houses you didn't buy, come upon wells you didn't dig, vineyards and olive orchards you didn't plant. When you take it all in and settle down, pleased and content,
make sure you don't forget how you got there - God brought you out of slavery in Egypt.
Deeply respect God, your God. Serve and worship him exclusively. Back up your promises with his name only.
Don't fool around with other gods, the gods of your neighbors,
because God, your God, who is alive among you is a jealous God. Don't provoke him, igniting his hot anger that would burn you right off the face of the Earth.
Don't push God, your God, to the wall as you did that day at Massah, the Testing-Place.
Carefully keep the commands of God, your God, all the requirements and regulations he gave you.
Do what is right; do what is good in God's sight so you'll live a good life and be able to march in and take this pleasant land that God so solemnly promised through your ancestors,
throwing out your enemies left and right - exactly as God said.
The next time your child asks you, "What do these requirements and regulations and rules that God, our God, has commanded mean?"
tell your child, "We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and God powerfully intervened and got us out of that country.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)