1 “Now this is the commandmentI—the statutesII and the ordinancesIII—
that the LordIV your GodV chargedVI me to teachVII you
to observeVIII in the landIX that you are about to crossX into and occupy,XI
2 so that you and your childrenXII and your children’s children may fearXIII the Lord your God all the daysXIV of your lifeXV
and keepXVI allXVII his decreesXVIII and his commandments that I am commandingXIX you, so that your days may be long.XX
3 HearXXI therefore, O Israel,XXII and observe them diligently,XXIII so that it may go wellXXIV with you and so that you may multiplyXXV greatlyXXVI
in a land flowingXXVII with milkXXVIII and honey,XXIX as the Lord, the God of your ancestors,XXX has promisedXXXI you.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.XXXII 5 You shall loveXXXIII the Lord your God with all your heartXXXIV and with all your soulXXXV and with all your might.XXXVI
6 KeepXXXVII these wordsXXXVIII that I am commanding you todayXXXIX in your heart.
7 ReciteXL them to your children and talkXLI about them when you areXLII at homeXLIII
and when you areXLIV away,XLV when you lie downXLVI and when you rise.XLVII
8 BindXLVIII them as a signXLIX on your hand,L fixLI them as an emblemLII onLIII your forehead,LIV
9 and writeLV them on the doorpostsLVI of your houseLVII and on your gates.LVIII
10 “LIXWhen the Lord your God has broughtLX you into the land that he sworeLXI to your ancestors, to Abraham,LXII
to Isaac,LXIII and to Jacob,LXIV to giveLXV you—a land with fine,LXVI
largeLXVII citiesLXVIII that you did not build,LXIX
11 houses filledLXX with all sorts of goodsLXXI that you did not fill,LXXII hewnLXXIII cisternsLXXIV that you did not hew,
vineyardsLXXV and olive grovesLXXVI that you did not plantLXXVII—and when you have eatenLXXVIII your fill,LXXIX
12 take careLXXX that you do notLXXXI forgetLXXXII the Lord, who broughtLXXXIII you
out of the land of Egypt,LXXXIV out of the house of slavery.LXXXV 13 The Lord your God you shall fear, him you shall serve,LXXXVI and by his nameLXXXVII alone you shall swear.
14 Do not followLXXXVIII otherLXXXIX gods,XC any of the gods of the peoplesXCI who are all aroundXCII you,
15 because the Lord your God,XCIII who is present withXCIV you, is a jealousXCV God.XCVI
XCVIIThe angerXCVIII of the Lord your GodXCIX
would be kindledC against you and he would destroyCI you from the faceCII of the earth.CIII
16 “Do not put the Lord your GodCIV to the test,CV as you testedCVI him at Massah.CVII
17 You must diligently keepCVIII the commandments of the Lord your GodCIX and his decreesCX and his statutes that he has commanded you. 18 DoCXI what is rightCXII and goodCXIII
in the sightCXIV of the Lord, so that it may go well with you and so that you may go inCXV and occupy the good land that the Lord swore to your ancestors, 19 thrusting outCXVI all your enemiesCXVII from beforeCXVIII you, as the Lord has promised.
20 “When your children askCXIX you in time to come,CXX, CXXI ‘What is the meaning of the decreesCXXII and the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord our GodCXXIII has commanded you?’
21 then you shall sayCXXIV to your children, ‘We wereCXXV Pharaoh’sCXXVI slavesCXXVII in Egypt, but the Lord broughtCXXVIII us out of Egypt with a mightyCXXIX hand.
22 The Lord displayedCXXX before our eyesCXXXI greatCXXXII and awesomeCXXXIII signs and wondersCXXXIV against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household.CXXXV
23 He broughtCXXXVI us out from there in order to bringCXXXVII us in, to give us the land that he promised on oathCXXXVIII to our ancestors. 24 Then the Lord commanded us to observeCXXXIX all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God,CXL
for our lastingCXLI good, so as to keep us alive,CXLII as is nowCXLIII the case. 25 If we diligently observeCXLIV this entireCXLV commandment
beforeCXLVI the Lord our God,CXLVII as he has commanded us, we will be in the right.’CXLVIII
Image credit: “Shema Yisrael” at Temple Chai in Long Grove, Illinois. Photo by Howard Lifshitz, 2010.