Deuteronomy 4 ©
An exhortation to obedience from God's past dealings; and a particular dissuasive against idolatry, and solemn admonition of the ill consequences of disobedience, and of the happy consequences of returning to God. The especial regard shewn to the Israelites in God's wonderful dealings with them. Moses appointeth the three cities of refuge on the east side of Jordan. Recapitulation.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
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.
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.
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.
¶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:
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.
(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.
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?
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?
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.
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:
¶And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
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: