1“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 LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.2Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you.3“You saw for yourself what the LORD did to you at Baal-peor. There the LORD your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped Baal, the god of Peor.4But all of you who were faithful to the LORD your God are still alive today—every one of you.5“Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.6Obey 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!’7For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?8And what great nation has decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions that I am giving you today?
12And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice.13He proclaimed his covenant—the Ten Commandments —which he commanded you to keep, and which he wrote on two stone tablets.