1 “So now, Israel,I give heedII to the statutesIII
and ordinancesIV that I am teachingV you to observe,VI
so that you may liveVII to enterVIII and occupyIX the landX
that the Lord,XI the GodXII of your ancestors,XIII is givingXIV you.
2 You must neither addXV anythingXVI to what I commandXVII you nor take awayXVIII anything from it, but keepXIX the commandmentsXX of the Lord your God with which I am chargingXXI you.
3 You have seenXXII for yourselvesXXIII what the LordXXIV didXXV
with regard to the Baal of Peor,XXVI how the LordXXVII your God destroyedXXVIII
from amongXXIX you everyoneXXX who followedXXXI the Baal of Peor,
4 while those of you who held fastXXXII to the LordXXXIII your God are allXXXIV aliveXXXV today.XXXVI
5 “See, just as the LordXXXVII my God has charged me, I now teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observeXXXVIII inXXXIX the land that you are about to enter and occupy. 6 You must observeXL them and performXLI them,
for this will show your wisdomXLII and discernmentXLIII toXLIV the peoples,XLV who, when they hearXLVI all these statutes,
will say,XLVII ‘SurelyXLVIII this greatXLIX
nationL is a wiseLI and discerningLII people!’
7 For what other great nation has a godLIII so nearLIV to it as the LordLV our God is wheneverLVI we callLVII to him?
8 And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as justLVIII as this entireLIX lawLX that I am settingLXI beforeLXII you today?
9 “ButLXIII take careLXIV and watchLXV yourselves closely,LXVI so as neitherLXVII to forgetLXVIII
the thingsLXIX that your eyesLXX have seen norLXXI to let them slipLXXII from your mindLXXIII
all the daysLXXIV of your life;LXXV make them knownLXXVI to your childrenLXXVII and your children’s children—
10 how you onceLXXVIII stoodLXXIX beforeLXXX the LordLXXXI your God at Horeb,LXXXII
when the LordLXXXIII said to me, ‘AssembleLXXXIV the people for me, and I will let them hear my words,LXXXV so that they may learnLXXXVI to fearLXXXVII me
as longLXXXVIII as they liveLXXXIX on the earthXC and may teach their children so’; 11 you approachedXCI and stood at the footXCII of the mountainXCIII
while the mountain was blazing upXCIV to the veryXCV heavens,XCVI
shroudedXCVII in darkXCVIII clouds.XCIX
12 Then the LordC spokeCI to you out ofCII the fire.CIII
You heard the soundCIV of words but saw noCV form;CVI there was onlyCVII a voice.CVIII
13 He declaredCIX to you his covenant,CX which he charged you to observe,CXI that is, the tenCXII commandments,CXIII
and he wroteCXIV them on twoCXV stoneCXVI tablets.CXVII
14 And the LordCXVIII charged me at that timeCXIX to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observeCXX in the land that you are about to crossCXXI into and occupy.
15 “Since you saw noCXXII form whenCXXIII the LordCXXIV spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire, watch yourselvesCXXV closely,
16 so that you do notCXXVI act corruptlyCXXVII by makingCXXVIII an idolCXXIX for yourselves
in the form of anyCXXX figure:CXXXI the likenessCXXXII of maleCXXXIII or female,CXXXIV
17 the likeness of any animalCXXXV that is on the earth,CXXXVI the likeness of any wingedCXXXVII birdCXXXVIII that fliesCXXXIX in the air,CXL
18 the likeness of anythingCXLI that creepsCXLII on the ground,CXLIII the likeness of any fishCXLIV that is in the waterCXLV underCXLVI the earth.CXLVII
19 And when you look upCXLVIII to the heavens and see the sun,CXLIX the moon,CL and the stars,CLI all the hostCLII of heaven,
do notCLIII be led astrayCLIV and bow downCLV to them and serveCLVI them,
things that the LordCLVII your God has allottedCLVIII to all the peoples everywhereCLIX under heaven.
20 But the LordCLX has takenCLXI you and broughtCLXII you out of the ironCLXIII smelter,CLXIV
out of Egypt,CLXV to becomeCLXVI a people of his very own possession,CLXVII as you are now.CLXVIII
21 “The LordCLXIX was angryCLXX with me because of you,CLXXI and he vowedCLXXII that I should notCLXXIII
cross the JordanCLXXIV and that I should notCLXXV enter the goodCLXXVI land that the LordCLXXVII your God is giving for your possession.
22 For I am going to dieCLXXVIII in this land withoutCLXXIX crossing over the Jordan, but you are going to cross over to take possessionCLXXX of that good land. 23 So be careful,CLXXXI lestCLXXXII you forget the covenant
that the LordCLXXXIII your God madeCLXXXIV with you and makeCLXXXV for yourselves an idol in the form of anything that the LordCLXXXVI your God has forbiddenCLXXXVII you.
24 For the LordCLXXXVIII your God is a devouringCLXXXIX fire, a jealousCXC God.CXCI
25 “When you have hadCXCII children and children’s children and become complacentCXCIII in the land, if you act corruptly by makingCXCIV an idol in the form of anything, thus doing what is evilCXCV
in the sightCXCVI of the LordCXCVII your GodCXCVIII and provoking him to anger,CXCIX
26 I call heaven and earth to witnessCC against you today that you will soonCCI utterly perishCCII from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to occupy; you will not live longCCIII on it but will be utterly destroyed.CCIV
27 The LordCCV will scatterCCVI you among the peoples; only a fewCCVII of you
will be leftCCVIII among the nations where the LordCCIX will leadCCX you.
28 There you will serve gods madeCCXI by humanCCXII hands,CCXIII
objects of woodCCXIV and stone that neither see, nor hear, nor eat,CCXV nor smell.CCXVI
29 From there you will seekCCXVII the LordCCXVIII your God,CCXIX and you will findCCXX him
if you search afterCCXXI him with all your heartCCXXII andCCXXIII soul.CCXXIV
30 In your distress,CCXXV when all these things have happenedCCXXVI to you in timeCCXXVII to come,CCXXVIII
you will returnCCXXIX to the LordCCXXX your GodCCXXXI and heedCCXXXII him.CCXXXIII
31 Because the LordCCXXXIV your GodCCXXXV is a mercifulCCXXXVI God,CCXXXVII he will neither abandonCCXXXVIII you nor destroyCCXXXIX you; he will not forget the covenant with your ancestors that he sworeCCXL to them.
32 “For askCCXLI nowCCXLII about formerCCXLIII ages,CCXLIV
CCXLVlong beforeCCXLVI your own, ever since the day that GodCCXLVII createdCCXLVIII human beingsCCXLIX on the earth;CCL
ask from one endCCLI of heaven to the other:CCLII, CCLIII Has anything so great as this ever happened,CCLIV or has its like ever been heard of? 33 Has any people ever heard the voice of a godCCLV speaking out of a fire, as you have heard, and lived?CCLVI
34 Or has any godCCLVII ever attemptedCCLVIII to goCCLIX and takeCCLX a nation for himself from the midstCCLXI of another nation,
by trials,CCLXII by signsCCLXIII and wonders,CCLXIV
by war,CCLXV by a mightyCCLXVI hand and an outstretchedCCLXVII arm,CCLXVIII
and by terrifying displays of power,CCLXIX CCLXXas the LordCCLXXI your GodCCLXXII did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
35 To you it was shownCCLXXIII so that you would acknowledgeCCLXXIV that the LordCCLXXV is God;CCLXXVI there is noCCLXXVII otherCCLXXVIII besidesCCLXXIX him.
36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to disciplineCCLXXX you. On earthCCLXXXI he showed you his great fire, while you heard his words coming out of the fire. 37 AndCCLXXXII because he lovedCCLXXXIII your ancestors, he choseCCLXXXIV their descendantsCCLXXXV afterCCLXXXVI them.
He brought you out of Egypt with his own presence,CCLXXXVII by his great power,CCLXXXVIII 38 driving outCCLXXXIX before you nations greaterCCXC and mightierCCXCI than yourselves,CCXCII to bring you in,CCXCIII giving you their land for a possession, as it is still today.
39 So acknowledge today and takeCCXCIV to heart that the LordCCXCV is GodCCXCVI in heaven aboveCCXCVII
and on the earthCCXCVIII beneath;CCXCIX there is noCCC other.CCCI 40 Keep his statutes and his commandments, which I am commanding you today for your own well-beingCCCII and that of your descendantsCCCIII after you,
so that you may long remainCCCIV in the landCCCV that the LordCCCVI your GodCCCVII is giving you for all time.”CCCVIII
41 Then MosesCCCIX set apartCCCX on the eastCCCXI sideCCCXII of the Jordan
threeCCCXIII citiesCCCXIV 42 to which a homicideCCCXV could flee,CCCXVI
someone who unintentionallyCCCXVII killsCCCXVIII another person,CCCXIX
the two not having been at enmityCCCXX before;CCCXXI the homicide could flee to oneCCCXXII of these cities and live:CCCXXIII
43 BezerCCCXXIV in the wildernessCCCXXV on the tablelandCCCXXVI belonging to the Reubenites,CCCXXVII
RamothCCCXXVIII in GileadCCCXXIX belonging to the Gadites,CCCXXX
and GolanCCCXXXI in BashanCCCXXXII belonging to the Manassites.CCCXXXIII
44 This is the law that Moses setCCCXXXIV beforeCCCXXXV the Israelites.CCCXXXVI 45 These are the decreesCCCXXXVII and the statutes and ordinances that Moses spoke to the Israelites when they had comeCCCXXXVIII out of Egypt,
46 beyondCCCXXXIX the Jordan in the valleyCCCXL oppositeCCCXLI Beth-peor,CCCXLII
in the landCCCXLIII of KingCCCXLIV SihonCCCXLV of the Amorites,CCCXLVI
who reignedCCCXLVII at Heshbon,CCCXLVIII whom Moses and the Israelites defeatedCCCXLIX when they came out of Egypt.
47 They occupied his landCCCL and the landCCCLI of King OgCCCLII of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites on the eastern side of the Jordan: 48 from Aroer,CCCLIII which is on the edgeCCCLIV of the WadiCCCLV
Arnon,CCCLVI as far as MountCCCLVII SirionCCCLVIII (that is, Hermon),CCCLIX
49 together with all the ArabahCCCLX on the east side of the Jordan as far as the SeaCCCLXI of the Arabah, under the slopesCCCLXII of Pisgah.CCCLXIII
Image credit: “Moses” depicted as part of “The Four Lawgivers,” designed by Richard Roland Holst and made by Lex Wechgelaar. Photo by Hanno Lans, 2015.