But the LORD said to me, 'Get up and lead the people into the land I swore to give their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.'"
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul,
and to obey the LORD's commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good.
The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the LORD your God.
Yet the LORD chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above every other nation, as is evident today.
Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn."
"The LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and takes no bribes.
He gives justice to orphans and widows. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.
You, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.
You must fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.
He is your God, the one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done mighty miracles that you yourselves have seen.
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)