Deuteronomy 4 (New American Standard)

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Israel Urged to Obey God's Law

1 "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which 1I am teaching you to perform, so that 2you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 "3You shall not add to the word which 4I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. 3 "5Your eyes have seen what the LORD has done in the case of Baal-peor, for all the men who followed Baal-peor, the LORD your God has destroyed athem from among you. 4 "But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you. 5 "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments 6just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6 "So keep and do them, 7for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 7 "For 8what great nation is there that has a god 9so near to it as is the LORD our God 10whenever we call on Him? 8 "Or what great nation is there that has 11statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today? 9 "Only 12give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart 13all the days of your life; but 14make them known to your sons and your grandsons. 10 "Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, 'Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words 15so they may learn to bfear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may 16teach their children.' 11 "You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, 17and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. 12 "Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form -only a voice. 13 "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, 18the Ten cCommandments; and 19He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 "The LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it. 15 "So 20watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any 21form on the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, 16 so that you do not 22act corruptly and 23make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of 24any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth. 19 "And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, 25all the host of heaven, 26and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. 20 "But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of 27the iron furnace, from Egypt, to 28be a people for His own possession, as today. 21 "29Now the LORD was angry with me on your account , and swore that I would not cross the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22 "For 30I will die in this land, I shall not cross the Jordan, but you shall cross and take possession of this 31good land. 23 "So watch yourselves, 32that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and 33make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you. 24 "For the LORD your God is a 34consuming fire, a 35jealous God. 25 "When you dbecome the father of children and children's children and have remained long in the land, and 36act corruptly, and 37make an eidol in the form of anything, and 38do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD your God so as to provoke Him to anger, 26 I 39call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will 40surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not flive long on it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27 "The LORD will 41scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD drives you. 28 "42There you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, 43wood and stone, 44which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 "45But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him 46with all your heart and all your soul. 30 "When you 47are in distress and all these things have come upon you, 48in the latter days 49you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice. 31 "For the LORD your God is a 50compassionate God; 51He will not fail you nor 52destroy you nor 53forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them. 32 "Indeed, 54ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the 55day that God created gman on the earth, and inquire 56from one end of the heavens to the other . 57Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it? 33 "58Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, as you have heard it, and survived? 34 "59Or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation 60by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and 61by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, has the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 "To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; 62there is no other besides Him. 36 "63Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice 64to discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire. 37 "i65Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose jtheir descendants after them. And He k66personally brought you from Egypt by His great power, 38 driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in and 67to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is today. 39 "Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that 68the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below ; there is no other. 40 "69So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am lgiving you today, that 70it may go well with you and with your children after you, and 71that you may mlive long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time." 41 72Then Moses set apart three cities across the Jordan to the neast , 42 that a manslayer might flee there, who unintentionally slew his neighbor without having enmity toward him in time past; and by fleeing to one of these cities he might live: 43 73Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites. 44 Now this is the law which Moses set before the sons of Israel; 45 these are the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, when they came out from Egypt, 46 across the Jordan, in the valley 74opposite Beth-peor, in the land of 75Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel odefeated when they came out from Egypt. 47 They took possession of his land and the land of 76Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who were across the Jordan to the peast , 48 from 77Aroer, which is on the edge of the qvalley of Arnon, even as far as 78Mount Sion (that is, Hermon ), 49 with all the Arabah across the Jordan to the east, even as far as the sea of the Arabah, rat the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.
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