Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 4 ©

1An exhortation to obedience from God's past dealings; 15and a particular dissuasive against idolatry, 25and solemn admonition of the ill consequences of disobedience, and of the happy consequences of returning to God. 32The especial regard shewn to the Israelites in God's wonderful dealings with them. 41Moses appointeth the three cities of refuge on the east side of Jordan. 44Recapitulation.

1

NOW therefore ahearken, O Israel, unto bthe statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess cthe land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.

c Ge. 12.7; 13.15; 15.18. Ex. 3.8; 12.25. Le. 14.34; 23.10; 25.2. Nu. 15.2. ch. 2.29. v.21,40. ch. 11.17,31; 12.1,10; 15.4,7; 16.20; 17.14.
2

Ye dshall not add 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 ewhat the LORD did because of Baal-peor: for all the men that followed fBaal-peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.

4

But ye that gdid 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 hthis is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, iSurely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

7

For what jnation is there so great, who hath God so nigh 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 khath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

9

Only take heed to thyself, and lkeep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but mteach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

10

Specially the nday that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

n Ex. 19; 20. He. 12.18,19. ch. 5.2. Ex. 19.9,16.
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And ye ocame near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the 1midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

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And the LORD pspake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, qbut saw no similitude; 2only ye heard a voice.

13

And he rdeclared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

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¶And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you sstatutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

s v.1. Ex. 21.1-23; 33.
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tTake ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye usaw no *manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

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Lest ye vcorrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

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The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,

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The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

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And lest wthou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath 3divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

20

But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of xthe iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a ypeople of inheritance, as ye are this day.

21

Furthermore the LORD zwas angry 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, awhich the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:

a v.1. Ge. 17.8.
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But bI must die in this land, cI must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess dthat good land.

c ch. 3.27.
d ch. 3.25.
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Take eheed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant 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.

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For fthe LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

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¶When thou gshalt 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 hshall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:

h ch. 9.18.
26

I icall heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that jye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

27

And the LORD shall kscatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.

28

And there lye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which mneither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

29

But nif from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

30

When othou art in tribulation, and all these things 4are come upon thee, even in pthe latter days, if thou qturn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

31

(For rthe LORD thy God is sa merciful God;) he twill not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

32

For uask 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 vone 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 whear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

w Ex. 20.19; 33.20. ch. 9.10. Ju. 13.22; 6.22. Ex. 24.11. ch. 5.24,26.
34

Or hath God *assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by xtemptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched 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 yknow that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

36

zOut of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

37

And abecause he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;

38

To bdrive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

39

Know ctherefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

40

Thou shalt dkeep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, ethat it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, fwhich the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.

f v.1. Ge. 17.8.
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¶Then Moses gsevered three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;

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That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour h*unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:

h ch. 19.4.
43

Namely, iBezer in the wilderness, in jthe plain country, of the Reubenites; and kRamoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.

j ch. 3.10.
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¶And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:

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These are the ltestimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,

46

On mthis 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 nsmote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:

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And they possessed his land, and the land oof Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;

48

From pAroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount qSion, which is Hermon,

p Jos. 13.16. Nu. 21.24. ch. 2.36.
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And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the rsprings of Pisgah.