"These are all the commands, laws, and regulations that the LORD your God told me to teach you so you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy,
and so you and your children and grandchildren might fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his laws and commands, you will enjoy a long life.
Listen closely, Israel, to everything I say. Be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. a5
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today.
Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.
Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead.
Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
"The LORD your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land filled with large, prosperous cities that you did not build.
The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land,
be careful not to forget the LORD, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
You must fear the LORD your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.
"You must not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations,
for the LORD your God, who lives among you, is a jealous God. His anger will flare up against you and wipe you from the face of the earth.
Do not test the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah.
You must diligently obey the commands of the LORD your God -- all the stipulations and laws he has given you.
Do what is right and good in the LORD's sight, so all will go well with you. Then you will enter and occupy the good land that the LORD solemnly promised to give your ancestors.
You will drive out all the enemies living in your land, just as the LORD said you would.
"In the future your children will ask you, 'What is the meaning of these stipulations, laws, and regulations that the LORD our God has given us?'
Then you must tell them, 'We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with amazing power.
Before our eyes the LORD did miraculous signs and wonders, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people.
He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had solemnly promised to give our ancestors.
And the LORD our God commanded us to obey all these laws and to fear him for our own prosperity and well-being, as is now the case.
For we are righteous when we obey all the commands the LORD our God has given us.'
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)