Deuteronomy 6:1-25 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "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, 1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,
2 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. 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
3 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. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.
4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
7 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. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8 Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
10 "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. 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you--a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,
11 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, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant--then when you eat and are satisfied,
12 be careful not to forget the LORD, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
13 You must fear the LORD your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name. 13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
14 "You must not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations, 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;
15 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. 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.
16 Do not test the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah. 16 Do not test the LORD your God as you did at Massah.
17 You must diligently obey the commands of the LORD your God -- all the stipulations and laws he has given you. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you.
18 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. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORD's sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers,
19 You will drive out all the enemies living in your land, just as the LORD said you would. 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.
20 "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?' 20 In the future, when your son asks you, "What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?"
21 Then you must tell them, 'We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with amazing power. 21 tell him: "We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
22 Before our eyes the LORD did miraculous signs and wonders, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people. 22 Before our eyes the LORD sent miraculous signs and wonders--great and terrible--upon Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.
23 He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had solemnly promised to give our ancestors. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers.
24 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. 24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.
25 For we are righteous when we obey all the commands the LORD our God has given us.' 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness."