Deuteronomy 12:1

The Lord's Chosen Place of Worship

1 1"These are the statutes and rules that you shall be careful to do in the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess, 2all the days that you live on the earth.

Deuteronomy 12:1 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 12:1

These are the statutes and judgments which ye shall observe to
do
Which are recorded in this and the following chapters; here a new discourse begins, and which perhaps was delivered at another time, and respects things that were to be observed:

in the land which the Lord God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess
it;
the land of Canaan, often described by this circumlocution, to put them in mind that it was promised to their fathers by their covenant God, was his gift to them, and which they would quickly be in the possession of; and therefore when in it should be careful to observe the statutes and judgments of God constantly:

[even] all the days that ye live upon the earth;
or land, the land of Canaan; for though there were some laws binding upon them, live where they would, there were others peculiar to the land of Canaan, which they were to observe as long as they and their posterity lived there; see ( 1 Kings 8:40 ) .

Deuteronomy 12:1 In-Context

1 "These are the statutes and rules that you shall be careful to do in the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth.
2 You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.
3 You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place.
4 You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way.
5 But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go,

Cross References 2

  • 1. Deuteronomy 6:1
  • 2. Deuteronomy 4:10