Deuteronomy 10:12-13

Fear the LORD

12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO DEUTERONOMY 10

In this chapter an account is given of an order to Moses to hew two tables of stone, on which the Lord would write the words that were on the first, and to make an ark and put them into it, all which was accordingly done, De 10:1-5 and of some of the journeys of the children of Israel, De 10:6,7 and of the separation of the tribe of Levi to the service of the sanctuary, De 10:8,9 and of Moses's stay in the mount forty days and nights, and his success there, and the direction he had to lead on the people of Israel towards Canaan's land, De 10:10,11 and who by various arguments are exhorted to fear the Lord, and serve him, and keep his commands, De 10:12-22.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 In-Context

10 Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.
11 “Go,” the LORD said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
15 Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Micah 6:8
  • 2. S Exodus 20:20
  • 3. 1 Kings 2:3; 1 Kings 3:3; 1 Kings 9:4
  • 4. Deuteronomy 5:33; Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 22:37; 1 Timothy 1:5
  • 5. Deuteronomy 11:13; Deuteronomy 28:47; Psalms 100:2
  • 6. S Deuteronomy 6:5; Psalms 119:2
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 5:32
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 4:2
  • 9. Deuteronomy 5:33; Deuteronomy 6:24