“And now, Israel, listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the , the God of your ancestors, is giving you.
Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the your God that I am giving you.
“You saw for yourself what the did to you at Baal-peor. There the your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped Baal, the god of Peor.
But all of you who were faithful to the your God are still alive today—every one of you.
“Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’
For what great nation has a god as near to them as the our God is near to us whenever we call on him?
And what great nation has decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions that I am giving you today?
“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.