Deuteronomy 5; Deuteronomy 6; Deuteronomy 7

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Deuteronomy 5

1 Moses called out to all Israel, saying to them: "Israel! Listen to the regulations and the case laws that I'm recounting in your hearing right now. Learn them and carefully do them.
2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Mount Horeb.
3 The LORD didn't make this covenant with our ancestors but with us—all of us who are here and alive right now.
4 The LORD spoke with you face-to-face on the mountain from the very fire itself.
5 At that time, I was standing between the LORD and you, declaring to you the LORD's word, because you were terrified of the fire and didn't go up on the mountain." The LORD said:
6 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
7 You must have no other gods before me.
8 Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.
9 Do not bow down to them or worship them because I, the LORD your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents' sins—even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me.
10 But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
11 Do not use the LORD your God's name as if it were of no significance; the LORD won't forgive anyone who uses his name that way.
12 Keep the Sabbath day and treat it as holy, exactly as the LORD your God commanded:
13 Six days you may work and do all your tasks,
14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. Don't do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your oxen or donkeys or any of your animals, or the immigrant who is living among you—so that your male and female servants can rest just like you.
15 Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, but the LORD your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That's why the LORD your God commands you to keep the Sabbath day.
16 Honor your father and your mother, exactly as the LORD your God requires, so that your life will be long and so that things will go well for you on the fertile land that the LORD your God is giving you.
17 Do not kill.
18 Do not commit adultery.
19 Do not steal.
20 Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
21 Do not desire and try to take your neighbor's wife. Do not crave your neighbor's house, field, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
22 Those are the words the LORD spoke to your entire assembly with a loud voice while on the mountain, from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick smoke. He added no more. God wrote them on two stone tablets, then gave them to me.
23 Now once you heard the voice from the darkness while the mountain was blazing with fire, you came to me—more specifically, all the chiefs of your tribes and your elders came—
24 and you said: "Look here! The LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness. We've heard his voice come out of the very fire itself. We've seen firsthand that God can speak to a human being and they can survive!
25 But why should we die? Surely this massive fire will consume us! If we hear any more of the LORD our God's voice, we will die.
26 Is there anyone who has heard the living God's voice speaking out of the very fire itself, like we have, and survived?
27 You go and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us all that the LORD our God speaks to you. We'll listen and we'll do it."
28 The LORD heard what you said, when you said this to me. The LORD then told me: I heard what the people said when they spoke with you. Everything they suggest is good.
29 If only their minds were like this: always fearing me and keeping all my commandments so that things would go well for them and their children forever!
30 Go and tell them: You may go back to your tents.
31 But you, Moses, must stay here with me. I will tell you all the commandments, the regulations, and the case laws that you must teach the Israelites to do in the land that I am giving them to possess.
32 So you must carefully do exactly what the LORD your God commands you. Don't deviate even a bit!
33 You must walk the precise path that the LORD your God indicates for you so that you will live, and so that things will go well for you, and so you will extend your time on the land that you will possess.
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Deuteronomy 6

1 Now these are the commandments, the regulations, and the case laws that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you to follow in the land you are entering to possess,
2 so that you will fear the LORD your God by keeping all his regulations and his commandments that I am commanding you—both you and your sons and daughters—all the days of your life and so that you will lengthen your life.
3 Listen to them, Israel! Follow them carefully so that things will go well for you and so that you will continue to multiply exactly as the LORD, your ancestors' God, promised you, in a land full of milk and honey.
4 Israel, listen! Our God is the LORD! Only the LORD!
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength.
6 These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds.
7 Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up.
8 Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol.
9 Write them on your house's doorframes and on your city's gates.
10 Now once the LORD your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to you—a land that will be full of large and wonderful towns that you didn't build,
11 houses stocked with all kinds of goods that you didn't stock, cisterns that you didn't make, vineyards and olive trees that you didn't plant—and you eat and get stuffed,
12 watch yourself! Don't forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
13 Revere the LORD your God, serve him, and take your solemn pledges in his name!
14 Don't follow other gods, those gods of the people around you—
15 because the LORD your God, who is with you and among you, is a passionate God. The LORD your God's anger will burn against you, and he will wipe you off the fertile land.
16 Don't test the LORD your God the way you frustrated him at Massah.
17 You must carefully follow the LORD your God's commands along with the laws and regulations he has given you.
18 Do what is right and good in the LORD's sight so that things will go well for you and so you will enter and take possession of the wonderful land that the LORD swore to your ancestors,
19 and so the LORD will drive out all your enemies from before you, just as he promised.
20 In the future, your children will ask you, "What is the meaning of the laws, the regulations, and the case laws that the LORD our God commanded you?"
21 tell them: We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt. But the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
22 Before our own eyes, the LORD performed great and awesome deeds of power against Egypt, Pharaoh, and his entire dynasty.
23 But the Lord brought us out from there so that he could bring us in, giving us the land that he swore to our ancestors.
24 Then the LORD commanded us to perform all these regulations, revering the LORD our God, so that things go well for us always and so we continue to live, as we're doing right now.
25 What's more, we will be considered righteous if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, just as he commanded us.
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Deuteronomy 7

1 Now once the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to take possession of, and he drives out numerous nations before you—the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: seven nations that are larger and stronger than you—
2 once the LORD your God lays them before you, you must strike them down, placing them under the ban. Don't make any covenants with them, and don't be merciful to them.
3 Don't intermarry with them. Don't give your daughter to one of their sons to marry, and don't take one of their daughters to marry your son,
4 because they will turn your child away from following me so that they end up serving other gods. That will make the LORD's anger burn against you, and he will quickly annihilate you.
5 Instead, this is what you must do with these nations: rip down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their sacred poles, and burn their idols
6 because you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God chose you to be his own treasured people beyond all others on the fertile land.
7 It was not because you were greater than all other people that the LORD loved you and chose you. In fact, you were the smallest of peoples!
8 No, it is because the LORD loved you and because he kept the solemn pledge he swore to your ancestors that the LORD brought you out with a strong hand and saved you from the house of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh, Egypt's king.
9 Know now then that the LORD your God is the only true God! He is the faithful God, who keeps the covenant and proves loyal to everyone who loves him and keeps his commands—even to the thousandth generation!
10 He is the God who personally repays anyone who hates him, ultimately destroying that kind of person. The LORD does not waste time with anyone who hates him; he repays them personally.
11 So make sure you carefully keep the commandment, the regulations, and the case laws that I am commanding you right now.
12 If you listen to these case laws and follow them carefully, the LORD your God will keep the covenant and display the loyalty that he promised your ancestors.
13 He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will bless the fruit of your wombs and the fruit of your fertile land—all your grain, your wine, your oil, and the offspring of your cattle and flocks—upon the very fertile land that he swore to your ancestors to give to you.
14 You will be more blessed than any other group of people. No one will be sterile or infertile—not among you or your animals.
15 The LORD will remove all sickness from you. As for all those dreadful Egyptian diseases you experienced, the Lord won't put them on you but will inflict them on all who hate you.
16 You will destroy all the peoples that the LORD your God is handing over to you. Show them no pity. And don't serve their gods because that would be a trap for you.
17 If you happen to think to yourself, These nations are greater than we are; how can we possibly possess their land?
18 don't be afraid of them! Remember, instead, what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and all Egypt:
19 the great trials that you saw with your own eyes, the signs and wonders, and the strong hand and outstretched arm the LORD your God used to rescue you. That's what the LORD your God will do to any people you fear.
20 The LORD your God will send terror on them until even the survivors and those hiding from you are destroyed.
21 Don't dread these nations because the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is with you and among you. (
22 The LORD your God will drive out these nations before you bit by bit. You won't be able to finish them off quickly; otherwise, the wild animals would become too much for you to handle.)
23 The LORD your God will lay these nations before you, throwing them into a huge panic until they are destroyed.
24 He will hand their kings over to you, and you will wipe their names out from under the skies. No one will be able to stand before you; you will crush them.
25 Burn the images of their gods. Don't desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the LORD your God.
26 Don't bring any detestable thing into your house, or you will be placed under the ban too, just like it is! You must utterly detest these kinds of things, despising them completely, because they are under the ban.
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