Moses exhorts the children of Israel to keep the commandments, to teach them to their children, and to be exemplary before all nations—They are forbidden to make graven images or worship other gods—They are to witness that they have heard the voice of God—They will be scattered among all nations when they worship other gods—They will be gathered again in the latter days when they seek the Lord their God—Moses extols the mercy and goodness of God to Israel.
1 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the astatutes and unto the bjudgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.
2 Ye shall not aadd unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
3 Your eyes have seen what the Lord did abecause of bBaal-peor: for all the men that followed Baal-peor, the Lord thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
4 But ye that did cleave unto the Lord your God are alive every one of you this day.
5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your awisdom and your bunderstanding in the sight of the cnations, which shall hear all these dstatutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7 For what anation is there so great, who hath God so bnigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8 And what nation is there so great, that hath astatutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9 Only take aheed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou bforget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but cteach them thy dsons, and thy sons’ sons;
10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in aHoreb, when the Lord said unto me, bGather me the people together, and I will make them chear my words, that they may learn to dfear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their echildren.
11 And ye came near and stood aunder the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
12 And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the avoice of the words, but saw no bsimilitude; only ye heard a voice.
13 And he declared unto you his acovenant, which he commanded you to perform, even bten ccommandments; and he dwrote them upon two etables of stone.
14 ¶ And the Lord commanded me at that time to ateach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
16 Lest ye acorrupt yourselves, and make you a graven bimage, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the astars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to bworship them, and serve cthem, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
20 But the Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of ainheritance, as ye are this day.
21 Furthermore the Lord was aangry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:
22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye aforget the bcovenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.
24 For the Lord thy God is a consuming afire, even a bjealous God.
25 ¶ When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do aevil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to banger:
26 I call aheaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over bJordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall cutterly be destroyed.
27 And the Lord shall ascatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number bamong the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you.
28 And there ye shall serve agods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither bsee, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
29 But if from thence thou shalt aseek the Lord thy God, thou shalt bfind him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
30 When thou art in atribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the blatter days, if thou cturn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31 (For the Lord thy God is a amerciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the bcovenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
33 Did ever people ahear the bvoice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
34 Or hath God aassayed to go and take him a bnation from the midst of another nation, by ctemptations, by signs, and by dwonders, and by war, and by a emighty hand, and by a fstretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is aGod; there is bnone else beside him.
36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might ainstruct thee: and upon earth he bshewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
37 And because he aloved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of bEgypt;
38 To adrive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an binheritance, as it is this day.
39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is aGod in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
40 Thou shalt akeep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest bprolong thy cdays upon the dearth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.
41 ¶ Then Moses asevered three cities on this side Jordan btoward the sunrising;
42 That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour aunawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might blive:
43 Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, ain the bplain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
44 ¶ And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,
46 On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:
47 And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
48 From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river aArnon, even unto mount bSion, which is cHermon,
49 And all athe plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto bthe sea of the plain, cunder the springs of Pisgah.