Book of Deuteronomy
re-stating of the law
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Deuteronomy means "repeating of the law". It contains several
instructional speeches given by Moses to the Israelites. Encouraging them
to remain faithful to God and to His law. However, the book also foretells of
their captivity. Warning that their God is a jealous God and will pay back
either blessings or cursing. Now after forty years, in the desert, there is a new
generation of Israelites. And the focus is the preparation to enter the promise
land across the Jordan, ending with the death of Moses and the instatement
of Joshua as a leader.
|Right before the death of Moses, around 1400 BC.|
1These are the words that Moses spoke to Israel, on the east side of the Jordan river, while still yet in the wilderness. 2It's only an eleven day journey from the mountains of Sinai to the mountains on Canaan's border, but Israel took forty years to come to it. (NOTE: the cause for this was when Israel sent the twelve spies out to spy out the land of Canaan, ten came back with a bad report, Numbers chapter 13) 3They came to it on the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year and Moses spoke to the Israelites, according to the LORD's commandment. 4This was after the king of the Amorites and the king of Bashan had been destroyed.
5Moses began to explain the laws, while on this side of the Jordan river, saying. 6The LORD has said that we have dwelt long enough on these mountains. 7Go now and enter the country of the Amorites, in the land of Canaan, as far as to the great Euphrates river. 8For all of this land is set before you for you to possess, the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give to their descendants.
9Shortly after we had come out of Egypt, I spoke to you saying. I am not able to bear all the Israelites by myself. 10For the LORD your God has multiplied you and today you are a great multitude of people, as the stars of the heavens. 11And may the LORD even multiply you a thousand times more than you are and bless you, as He has promised. 12As I questioned how I could bear this great task alone? 13I was instructed to appoint men of understanding over you, Exodus 18:13. 14And all the people agreed. 15So I took the wise and noted leaders of your tribes and put them as captains over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 16At that time, I also set judges to hear the causes of the people, whether it be between brothers or be between an Israelite and a stranger. 17To judge either small or great cases, without fear of men but with the fear of God, not showing partiality. Bringing only the hard cases to me to judge. 18At that time, in the mountains of Sinai, those were my commands.
19We then left the Sinai region and went through great and terrible wilderness even through a war with the Amorites, Exodus 17:8, as the LORD commanded us to do and later we came to Kadesh-Barnea. 20There I said to you, we have come to the land of the Amorites, which the LORD our God has given us. 21Go up and possess it, for this is the inheritance that the LORD has spoken to your father about, do not be afraid. 22That is when, everyone agreed that we needed to send spies into the land, Numbers 13:1, to bring back word of the land, the way in which to take it and the cities to be occupied. 23The plan pleased me, so I took one man from each of the twelve tribes. 24And they left to search out the land, coming to the valley of Eshcol. 25When they returned, they brought back some of the fruit of the land, also bringing back word that it is a good land that the LORD God has given us. 26However, you would not go up, for you were scared of the people in the land and you rebelled against the LORD's command. 27And you murmured in your tents, saying, the LORD hates us and has brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites and destroy us. 28Wondering how you could take the land? For the report the spies brought back, was that the people of the land are greater and taller than we are and their cities are fortified.
29Even though I told you not to be afraid of them. 30Saying, your God goes before you and He shall fight for you, just as He set you free from bondage in Egypt. 31And you have also witnessed how the LORD provides for you in the wilderness. 32Yet you did not believe the LORD your God. 33Your God who went before you in the wilderness, in a cloud by day and a fire by night, Exodus 13:17.
34When the LORD heard your words, He was angry and swore. 35That none of these men, of that evil generation, would see that land. 36Except for the two spies who were willing to take the land. 37The LORD also later became angry with me, Numbers 20:2, for your sakes and told me that I would not enter into the promise land. 38Joshua, shall go before you, encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit the promise land. 39The little children that your fathers said would be prey to the enemy, they are the ones that shall inherit the land, 40by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea.
41But, afterwards your fathers said to me, we have sinned against the LORD and we will go up and fight, according as the LORD has commanded us to do. Everyone then put on his weapons and went off to battle. 42However, the LORD warned them not to go up, saying; I will not be among you, least you be defeated by your enemies. 43But your fathers would not listen and they went up to battle anyway. 44And the Amorites came against them and chased them, destroying some, even as far back to Hormah. 45And even though you returned weeping before the LORD, He would not listen to you. 46Thus you remained many days in Kadesh.
1We then journeyed into the wilderness, by the way of the Red Sea, as the LORD commanded Moses and we circled Mount Seir for many days. 2The LORD then said to me; 3You have gone around this mountain long enough, now turn northward. 4Tell the people to pass over the land of Seir, along its borders. This is the land of your brothers the sons of Esau and they will be afraid of you, therefore, be watchful. 5But do not provoke the people, for I will not give you any of their land, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. 6Any food or drink of theirs that you use, you shall pay for. 7For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you do and He knows just where you are as you walk through this vast wilderness. He has been with you these forty years and you have lacked nothing.
8As we left our brothers the sons of Esau, who lived in Seir, we traveled by the way of the wilderness of Moab. 9The LORD then said to me; Do not fight with the people of Moab, I will not give you any of their land, for I have given it to the sons of Lot as a possession. 10For a giant war like people used to live there in the past, much like the Anakim people. 11Known as giants, but the Moabites called the people Emim, (the name means: frightful). 12As in the past, the Horim people lived in Seir and the sons of Esau destroyed them, taking their land, as Israel also did with their land inheritance that the LORD gave to them. 13Now you shall cross over the brook Zered. So we then crossed over the brook Zered.
14And the days from Kadesh-Barnea, until we had crossed the brook Zered were thirty-eight years, until one whole generation of men of war had died in the wilderness, as the LORD had sworn to them. 15For the hand of the LORD was against them, destroying and consuming them. 16And when that generation of people was destroyed, 17the LORD spoke to me, saying; 18As you pass through the border of Moab. 19And come near to the sons of Ammon, do not provoke them. For I will not give you any of their land, for I have given it to the sons of Lot for a possession.
20In the past, this land was also known to be a land of giants, but the Ammonites call them Zamzumim. 21A great, tall and numerous people, but the LORD destroyed them and the Ammonites took their land. 22Just as the LORD destroyed the Horim and the sons of Esau that lived in Seir, took their land. 23Then people came from Crete and destroyed them and took their land.
24Now, cross over the river Arnon, for the LORD has given the land of Heshbon to you. This is the land of Sihon the Amorites, king of Heshbon. Go to war and possess the land. 25As of today, the LORD shall begin to cause the people under the entire nation to be in fear of you, whoever shall hear a report of you shall tremble.
26Moses then sent messengers to the king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying. 27Allow us to pass through your land. We shall travel the main road and will not turn off of it. 28We shall buy food and water from you, so that we can eat and drink, while we pass through your land. 29As we did with the Edomites, who live in the land of Seir and the Moabites, who live in Ar, we shall pass over your land, on our way to cross over Jordan river to the land which the LORD our God gave us.
30However the king of Heshbon would not let the Israelites pass through his land. For the LORD had hardened his heart, making him stubborn so that He might deliver him into our hands. 31The LORD then said; I have begun to give this land to you, Go and possess it, so that you may inherit the land.
32The king then came out to fight and Israel defeated him. 33For the LORD delivered him to us and we struck his sons and the people with the sword. 34And we took the cities, utterly destroying the men, women and the children, we left none remain. 35We only took as plunder, their cattle and some of the spoil within the cities. 36From border to border, there was not one city too strong for us. For the LORD, our God delivered all to us. 37However the lands the LORD our God denied us, we did not attempt to take.
1We then turned and headed to the land of Bashan. And the king of Bashan and his army came against us in battle. 2The LORD then said to me; Do not be afraid, for I will deliver him, his people and his land to you. Utterly destroy him, as you also did the king of the Amorites, at Heshbon. 3We then fought and the LORD our God delivered the king and his people to us. 4We took every city in the region, sixty cities in all. 5Every city was fortified with high walls, gates and bars and there were also numerous unwalled villages. 6And we completely destroyed the men, woman and children, as we did to the king of Heshbon. 7Taking their cattle and the spoil of the cities as our reward. 8At that time, we also took the land under the domain of the two kings of the Amorites, on this side of the Jordan river. 10Every city within the plain of Bashan and all of Gilead, were taken. 11The only remaining thing of the giant race was the king of Bashan bedstead, it was made of iron. Thirteen and a half feet long and six feet wide and is today kept by the sons of Ammon in Rabbah.
12This is the land and the cities that we possessed, on the east side of the Jordan river, that I gave to the men of the tribes of Reuben and Gad. 13The lands of Gilead and all of Bashan, were given to the half tribe of Manasseh. 14However, Jair the son of Manasseh took even further land calling them after his own name. 15To Machir, Manasseh son, I gave the city of Gilead. 16To the tribe of Reuben and Gad I gave the valley from the borders of Gilead to the river Arnon to the river Jabbok, to the border of the sons of Ammon. 17And the plain of the Jordan, from Chinnereth, to the Dead Sea, eastward to the Slopes of Pisgah.
18I then told you that, the LORD your God has given you this land to possess. However, you also shall pass over the Jordan river armed with your brothers, 19Your wives and children along with your numbers of cattle, can stay in your cities which I have given you. 20Until all is conquered and the LORD has given rest to your brothers, you shall stay in the land across the Jordan river. Then you may return to your own lands, Numbers chapter 32.
21At that time, I said to Joshua. Recall what the LORD your God has done to the two kings, He shall also do the same to all the kingdoms on the other side of the Jordan. 22Do not fear them! For the LORD, your God shall fight for you.
23I then begged the LORD, saying. 24LORD God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand. For there is no god in heaven or on earth who can do according to Your works. 25I pray of You to let me cross over the Jordan and see this good hill country and the land of Lebanon. 26But the LORD was angry with me, Numbers 20:2, because of you and He said to me; Enough! Do not speak to Me anymore concerning this matter. 27Go up to the top of Mount Pisgah and there you will be able to see, in all four directions, the land. But, you shall not go over the Jordan river. 28But encourage, strengthen and charge Joshua, for he shall lead the people and shall cause them to inherit the land that you will see.
29We then stayed in the valley opposite of Beth-peor.
1Israel, listen now to the statutes and judgments that I teach you, keep them and do them, so that you may possess the land and live. 2Do not add to or take away from the Word that I command you, so that you may keep the commands of the LORD your God. 3You have seen how the LORD destroyed all the men, at the last battle, that followed after Baal-peor, their false god. 4And because you held steadfast to the LORD your God, all of you are alive today. 5For, I have taught you statutes and judgments, as the LORD has commanded me, that you may continue doing these things in the land that you go to possess. 6Keep them and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding and other nations will hear of these things and say, this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7For as we call upon LORD our God, He is coming near and making us a great nation. 8For there is no other nation greater whose laws and judgments are as righteous as the ones that I give to you today. 9But remain alert and guard your beliefs, lest you forget the things you have seen, keep them in your heart all the days of your life. Teaching them to your sons and to their sons.
10Remember the day when the LORD instructed me to gather you together and you stood before the LORD your God. And He said; I will let them hear My Words so that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live on this earth, also teaching that to their sons. 11You then came near and stood by the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire having lighting and thick clouds of darkness overhead, Exodus chapter 19 12The LORD then spoke to you out of the midst of the fire and you heard the voice but did not see a likeness. 13That is when He declared to you, His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the ten commandments. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone, Exodus chapter 20. 14At that time, He commanded me to teach you these statutes and precepts so that you might keep and do them in the land of your possession.
15Therefore, guard your souls, for on the day that the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire, you saw no likeness. 16Lest you become corrupt and make a graven image to worship, in the likeness of anything, whether male or female, 17The likeness of a beast on the earth, or a bird of the air, 18The likeness of a creeping thing on the earth, or of a fish in the sea. 19Also do not worship the heavens, the sun, moon, or stars, lest you should be driven to serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all nations under all the heavens.
20For the LORD has brought you out of bondage from the land of Egypt, to be to a people of His inheritance. 21As for me, the LORD became angry with me, Numbers 20:2, because of your sakes and swore that I would not go over the Jordan river into the good land that the LORD your God gave you as an inheritance. 22Rather I would die in this land, but you would cross over the Jordan river and possess the good land. 23However, be aware and do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God, that He made with you. And do not make for yourselves an image, a likeness of anything that He has forbidden you. 24For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
25Now when your generations have remained long in the land. And they begin to do evil in the sight of the LORD, corrupting themselves, by making images to worship, thereby provoking the LORD to anger, 26Therefore today, I call Heaven and earth to witness against you, that you shall shortly thereafter utterly perish from the land. Your days shall not be prolonged in the land, but rather you shall be utterly destroyed. 27The LORD shall scatter you among the nations and you shall be few in number wherever you shall be. 28There you shall serve false gods, the work of men's hands, of wood and stone, which neither sees, hears, eats nor can smell.
29But if you seek the LORD your God, with all your heart and soul, from there, you shall find Him. 30In the latter days, when you find yourself in trouble because of these things, you will return to the LORD your God and shall be obedient to His voice. 31And the LORD your God being a merciful God, will not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He made with them.
32But, remember now of the past days while they are still in your memory, from the time when God created man on earth, has there ever been a thing so great as this, or has anything like this been heard of. 33Have people ever heard the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire as you have heard and have lived? 34Or has God ever taken for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, through the use of (trials, signs and wonders) and by war of a mighty hand, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes, Exodus chapters 7-12? 35All this was shown to you so that you might know that the LORD is God and no one else is beside Him. 36He caused you to hear His voice from heaven so that He might teach you, showing you His great fire upon earth and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. 37And because He loved your fathers, therefore, He chose their generation, bringing them out of Egypt, into His sight by His mighty power. 38Driving out great nations from before you, who were much greater and mightier than yourself, so He could bring you in and give you their land as an inheritance. 39Therefore, know within your heart, that the LORD is God in Heaven and on the earth, that there is no other. 40That is why you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you, so that it may go well with you and with the generations after you, so your days may be longer upon the earth which the LORD your God has given you.
41I then set apart three cities on the east side of the Jordan river. 42That the manslayer, who unintentionally kills, might be able to flee there and live. 43The names of the cities and the corresponding tribes were Bezer for the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth for the tribe of Gad and Golan for the tribe of Manasseh, Numbers 35:14.
44Here is the law that Moses spoke to the Israelites. 45The testimonies, laws and judgments after they came out of Egypt, 46While still yet on this side of the Jordan river, in the valley bordering Beth-Peor, in the land of Sihon the king of the Amorites, Whom Moses and the sons of Israel killed, after they came out of Egypt. 47Taking possession of the land, on the east side of the Jordan river. 48From one side of the river Arnon, to Mount Zion, 49all the lands of the Jordan river eastward, to the Slopes of Pisgah.
1Moses, then called the people of Israel together and said to them, Hear, the ordinances and the laws that I speak to you this day, so that you may learn them, keep them and do them. 2For the LORD our God made a covenant with us, on Mount Sinai. 3The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with we who stand here alive today. 4When the LORD talked with us face to face at the mountain, out of the midst of the fire. 5At that time, I stood between you and the LORD, allowing you to hear the Word of the LORD, for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up into the mountain. And this is what the LORD said;
22These are the Words the LORD spoke to all of you, from the mountain, with a loud voice, from out of the midst of a fire and a thick dark cloud. He wrote them on two tablets of stone and presented them to me.
23Remember, when you heard the LORD's voice, that all the heads of your tribes and elders came to me. 24Saying, the LORD our God has shown us His glory and greatness. We have heard His voice from the midst of the fire and seen today that God speaks with man, yet we still live. 25However, if we hear the voice of the LORD again this great fire will consume us. 26For is there anyone of flesh who has heard the voice of the living God, from the midst of the fire, as we have and yet lived? 27Therefore Moses, you go near and intercede for us and tell us what the LORD says and we will do it, Exodus 20:18.
28The LORD heard the people as they talked to Moses and said; The people are right, in what they have spoken. 29Oh that there would always be such a heart in them, that they would always fear Me and keep all My commandments, so that it might be well with them and with their generations forever! 30Then the LORD told me to send the people back to their tents. 31But that I would stand with Him and He would give me the commandments, statutes and the judgments, so that I could teach the people. 32Therefore, be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. 33Walk in all the ways which the LORD has commanded you, so that you may live and that good may come to you and your days in the land may be increased.
1These are the commandments, ordinances and laws, which the LORD our God commanded me to teach you, so that you might practice them in the land that you will take possession of. 2That you might fear the LORD your God and keep His commandments and His ways, throughout all your generations, so that your days might be prolonged. 3Hear them Israel and be careful to keep them, so that all may be well with you and that in your land, you may greatly multiply as the LORD has promised you.
4Israel, know that the LORD our God is the one and the only LORD. 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and might.
6These words that I command you today, shall be first in your mind and heart. 7Carefully teach them to your sons, speaking and meditating on them always. 8You shall make remembrances before your eyes. 9Writing them also upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
10For it shall be when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, giving you cities that you did not build. 11Even furnished houses that you did not fill, wells that you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant and you eat and are filled, 12Guard your hearts and minds, lest you forget it was the LORD, who brought you out of bondage in the land of Egypt. 13Fear the LORD your God serving Him and back your word swearing only by His name. 14Do not go after other gods, of the people around you, 15For the LORD your God is a jealous God, lest you kindle His anger against you and be destroyed. 16You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Meribah, Numbers 20:2-13. 17Diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies and statutes. 18And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, so that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the promise land. 19Casting out all your enemies, just as the LORD has spoken.
20And when your sons, in generations to come, ask you of the testimonies, statutes and judgments of the LORD. 21You shall say to them, we were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22Using great and evil signs and wonders, over Egypt, upon Pharaoh and his household, before our eyes, Exodus chapters 7-12. 23The LORD brought us out of there that He might bring us into and give us this land that He swore to our fathers. 24And the LORD commanded us to keep and perform all these statutes. Keeping the fear of the LORD our God always for our own good, so that He might preserve our lives. 25Being careful to keep all of His commandments, for they are our righteousness.
1Now when the LORD God brings you into the promise land, casting out seven nations greater and mightier than you, (the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and the Jebusites). 2And when He gives them over to you, you shall destroy them completely. You shall not make a covenant with them nor show mercy to them. 3You shall not intermarry with them, or give your sons or daughters to them in marriage. 4For by doing so, they would turn your sons away from the LORD, so that they may serve other gods and the LORD's anger would be kindled against you and would destroy you suddenly. 5But, this is how you shall deal with them, you shall destroy their altars, breaking and burning their idols, totally demolishing their high places.
6For you are a holy people to the LORD your God. He has chosen you to be a special people to Himself above all other people's. 7In fact He did not choose you and set His love upon you, because you were more numerous than other nations, actually you were the smallest of all nations. 8Rather, because the LORD loved you and in keeping the oath that He had sworn to your fathers. He has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the bondage of Egypt.
9Therefore, know that your LORD, is God. He is faithful to keep His covenant, showing mercy to them that love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations. 10But to those who hate Him, He is not slow to repay and will repay them to their face, destroying them. 11Therefore you shall keep and do the commandments, the statutes and the laws which I command you today.
12And it will be, when you hear, keep and do these judgments, that the LORD your God will keep the covenant that He has sworn to your fathers, 13The LORD will love and bless you and multiply you. He will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, even increasing your cattle and flocks of your field, in the promise land. 14For you shall be blessed beyond all people. There will not be male or female barren among you or even among your cattle. 15The LORD will take away all sickness from you, putting none of the evil diseases, plagues of Egypt upon you and will put them upon all who hate you. 16Thus you shall destroy all the people which the LORD your God shall deliver to you. Showing no pity to them, nor shall you serve their gods, for if you do, they will be a snare to you.
17When you question in your heart, how you could ever conquer and dispose of a nation more numerous than you are. 18Do not be afraid of them, but carefully recall what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, Exodus chapter 14. 19Remember the great signs and wonders that you saw with your own eyes and the mighty hand and the stretched out arm by which the Lord your God brought you out. Thus will the LORD your God do to all the people of whom you are afraid. 20For the LORD your God will even send the hornet among them until all that hide from you are destroyed. 21There is no cause to be afraid of them, for the LORD your God is among you, a mighty and terrible God. 22The LORD your God shall cast out those nations before you, little by little. You shall not destroy them all at once, lest the beasts of the field increase and overpower you. 23But the LORD your God shall deliver them to you, confusing them with a mighty panic until they are all destroyed. 24He shall deliver their kings to you and you shall cause their names to perish upon the earth and no man shall be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them. 25You shall burn the images of their false gods. Not even desiring the silver or gold they are made with, or taking it for yourself. If you do, it will be a snare to you, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. 26Neither shall you bring a false idol into your house, lest you also become a cursed thing like it. Rather you shall despise it, for it is a cursed thing.
1All the commandments that I give you today, you shall carefully follow them, that you may live and multiply, go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers. 2Keeping in mind the ways in which the LORD your God led you in the wilderness these past forty years, in order to humble you and prove you, so as to reveal what is in your heart, to know whether you would keep His commandments or not? 3For the LORD humbled you and allowed you to hunger, then He fed you supernaturally with manna, Exodus 16:1. He did this to make known to you that, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD, (NOTE: this was quoted by Jesus in Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4).
4In the wilderness these forty years, your clothing did not wear out, nor did your feet swell. 5For you have known in your heart, that just as a human father disciplines his son, so the LORD your God also disciplines His sons. 6Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, walking in His ways and to fear Him. 7For He brings you into a good land of brooks and fountains of water that come out of the valleys and hills. 8A land of wheat and barley, of vines, fig trees and pomegranates, olive oil and honey. 9A land where you will eat bread without want, lacking nothing. A land whose stones have iron in them and out of whose hills you may mine for copper. 10There you shall eat and be satisfied, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land that He has given you.
11But, beware that you do not forget the LORD your God, neglecting to keep His commandments, laws and statutes, that I command you today, 12Lest when you have eaten and are filled, having built good houses to live in. 13Reaping the increase of your herds and flocks, your silver and gold and all your increases. 14And your heart is lifted up with pride, forgetting the LORD your God, who brought you out of bondage from the land of Egypt. 15For He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with fiery serpents and scorpions and dry ground, where there was no water, who brought forth water out of the rock, Exodus 17:1-7. 16Feeding you in the wilderness with manna, Exodus 16:1, so that He might humble you and prove you, that you may do good in your latter end. 17So that you might not become proud, thinking your own human power has gotten you this wealth. 18But, remembering the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, so that He may confirm His covenant which He has sworn to your fathers. 19For it shall be, that if you leave the LORD your God and follow after other gods worshiping and serving them, I testify against you this day that you will surely perish. 20Just as the nations, that would not listen to the voice of the LORD have perished, whom the LORD destroyed before your eyes, so you shall also perish.
1People of Israel, you are about to cross over the Jordan river this day, to expel nations greater and mightier than yourself, living within great and fortified cities. 2The Anakims, a people tall and mighty, of whom you have heard it said, who can stand before the children of Anak! 3Therefore understand, that it is the LORD your God that goes over before you, as a consuming fire He shall bring them down and you shall drive them out, destroying them completely and quickly, as the LORD has commanded you.
4After the LORD has cast them out before you, do not think in your heart that it is because of your righteousness the LORD has brought you into this land. Rather it is because of the wickedness of these nation that the LORD is driving them out from before you. 5Therefore, understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land because of your righteousness, but because of their wickedness and that He may fulfill the promise that He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 6Know that it is not because of your righteous, for you are a stiff-necked people. 7Do not forget how you provoked the LORD to wrath in the wilderness. Even from the first day when you left Egypt up until now, you have rebelled against the LORD.
8At Mount Sinai you provoked the LORD to wrath, so much so that He would have destroyed you. 9That was when I went up the mountain to receive the ten commandments, Exodus 20:3-17, the covenant that the LORD made with you and I was on the mountain forty days and nights, neither eating or drinking. 10And the LORD delivered to me two tablets written by the hand of God. According to the words that you heard Him speak out of the midst of the fire, in the day of the assembly. 11Then, at the end of forty days and nights, the LORD gave me the two tables of stone. 12And said to me; Go down quickly from here, for your people whom you have brought out of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have quickly turned aside from the way I commanded them. They have made them a molten image, Exodus chapter 32. 13I have seen that this is a stiff-necked people. 14Now let Me alone, so that I may destroy them, blotting out their names. And I shall make a great and mighty nation of you, even greater than they. 15I then came down from the mountain, while the mountain yet burned with fire. Having the two stone tablets of the covenant in my hands.
16I then saw what you had done. You had sinned against your LORD your God, making a molten calf. Turning aside quickly from the way the LORD had commanded you, Exodus chapter 32. 17So I threw the two tablets down, breaking them before your eyes. 18Falling down before the LORD, again neither eating nor drinking, because of your sins, doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD and provoking Him to anger. 19I was afraid of the mighty anger the LORD held against you, wanting to destroy you, but, the LORD listened to me. 20He was also very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him. But I prayed and interceded also for Aaron at that time. 21I then took the calf which you had made, (your sin), burnt it and ground it into very small pieces, as small as dust, putting the dust into the stream that descended out of the mountain.
23And when the LORD sent you up from Kadesh-Barnea, saying, go up and possess the land that I had given you. You rebelled against the LORD's commandment not believing Him. (NOTE: This was where the 12 spies were sent out and 10 of them returned with a bad report, Numbers chapter 13.
24You have been rebellious against the LORD since the day that I first knew you. 25I have thrown myself down before the LORD for your sakes, when the LORD wanted to destroy you. 26Therefore, I prayed and interceded to the LORD for your sakes, saying, LORD, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance which You have redeemed through Your greatness, which You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand, Exodus 20:18. 27Remember, your servants, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Do not look at the stubbornness of the people, or their wickedness of their sin, 28Lest the people in Egypt say, because the LORD was not able to bring them into the promised land and since He hated them, He brought them out to die in the wilderness. 29For they are Your people and Your inheritance that You brought out by Your mighty power and by Your stretched out arm.
1Soon after that, the LORD told me to cut two more tablets of stone, like the first ones and make an ark of wood and to come up to Him on the mountain. 2That He would write the words that were on the first tablets, (that were broken) and I was to put them into the ark. 3So I made an ark of acacia-wood, cut out two tablets of stone and went up into the mountain. 4And according to the first writings the LORD wrote the Ten Commandments on the tablets, which the LORD also spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. 5I then came down the mountain, putting the two tablets in the ark, as the LORD had commanded me.
6We then broke camp and left the wells of Jaakan traveling to Mosera. The place where Aaron the priest died and was buried, Numbers 20:22-29. After Aaron's death, Eleazar his son served in the priest's office in his place. 7From there they went to Gudgodah and from there to Jotbath, a land of many brooks. 8At that time the LORD called out the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD and minister to Him. 9That is why, Levi has no part nor inheritance with his brothers. For the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD your God promised him.
10And I again stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights interceding for you and the LORD heard me and did not destroy you. 11For He said to me; Arise and lead the people to take possession of the land which I swore to give to their fathers.
12People of Israel, the LORD your God is asking of you that you fear the LORD your God, walking in all His ways and to love Him, serving the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. 13Keeping the statutes and commandments of the LORD, which are for your own good, as I command you. 14For the heaven and all that you see belong to the LORD your God. 15Yet the LORD chose to delight in your fathers and to love them, choosing their seed after them. 16Therefore, circumcise your heart and mind, no longer being stiff-necked. 17For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, a great God, mighty and terrible God, who shows no partiality to persons nor take bribes. 18But, He executes justice for the fatherless and widow and loves to give the sojourner bread and clothing. 19Therefore also love strangers, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt. 20Fear the LORD your God, serve Him and hold fast to Him, backing up your word by His name. 21For He is your praise and your God, who has done these great and terrible things which you have seen. 22Remember, your fathers went down into Egypt with seventy persons, Genesis chapter 46 and now the LORD your God has made you a vast multitude.
1Therefore, you shall love the LORD your God, keeping His charge, statutes, judgments and commandments always. 2And it's very clear this day, for I speak with people whom have known and seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, His greatness, His mighty hand and out stretched arm. 3The miracles and acts He did in Egypt, to Pharaoh and his land, Exodus chapter 7-12. 4How the LORD destroyed the Egyptian army, their horses and their chariots in the Red Sea, by drowning them as they pursued after you, Exodus chapter 14. 5You know what He did to you in the wilderness until you came to this place. 6And you also know what He did to Dathan and Abiram, of the tribe of Reuben when they rebelled, how the earth swallowed them up, together with their households and all their possession, Numbers chapter 16. 7For your eyes have seen these great acts that the LORD did.
8Therefore you shall keep all the commandments that I give you today, so that you will be strong and shall take possession of the land. 9That you will increase your days in this land, a land that flows with milk and honey. 10For the land that you are going to possess is not a hard land such as was Egypt, where you labored continually. 11But the land that you will possess is a land of hills and valleys, with plenty of drinking water. 12A land that the LORD your God cares for. His eyes are always upon it, regardless of the season of the year.
13Now, if you listen carefully to the commandments which I speak to you today, to love and serve the LORD your God with all your heart and soul, 14He will give you the rain of your land in its due season, that you may gather in your grain, wine and oil. 15There will be grass in your fields for your cattle. 16But, be on guard that you are not deceived, turning aside to worship and serve other gods. 17For if you do, the LORD's wrath will be kindled against you and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain, causing the land not to yield her fruit and you shall perish quickly. 18Therefore keep His words always in your hearts and souls, remember them in all that you do, keeping them before your eyes always. 19Teach them to your sons, speaking of them always. 20Write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates. 21So that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied in the land that you go to possess and the days may be like the days of the heavens upon the earth.
22If you do carefully keep and do all these commandments, loving the LORD your God, walking in His ways, holding fast to Him. 23The LORD will then drive out the nations from before you, even greater and mightier nations than you. 24Every place that you walk shall be yours, from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the Euphrates river, to the furthest sea shall be your border. 25No man shall stand before you, for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon the face of all the land that you shall tread upon.
26Today, I set before you blessing and a curse: 27A blessing shall be yours if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God. 28And a curse is yours if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, choosing to go after other gods. 29When the LORD brings you into the promise land, you shall speak forth the blessing from Mount Gerizim and the curse from Mount Ebal, chapters 27 and 28. 30For both mountains are on the other side of the Jordan river, in the land of the Canaanites. 31Yes, you shall cross the Jordan river, possess and dwell in the land, that the LORD your God gave you. 32But be careful to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you today.
1When you enter into the promise land, these are the statutes and judgments that you shall keep, all the days that you live upon the earth. 2You shall completely destroy the places of worship, in which the other nations serve their gods. 3Destroying their altars and breaking and burning the statues of their gods, so that even the name of that false god perishes. 4But you shall not do so such with the LORD your God.
5But for your LORD you shall seek the dwelling place that He chooses to put His name on. 6There you shall bring your sacrifices, burnt offerings and tithes, together with the heave offering of your hands, your vows, your free-will offerings and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7There you and your household shall eat before the LORD your God, rejoicing in all that you put your hand forth to do, in which the LORD has blessed you. 8You shall not continue to do according as you do today, each doing whatever is right in his own eyes.
9For you have not yet come into the rest and the full inheritance which the LORD your God has given you. 10But when you cross over the Jordan river to dwell in the promise land that the LORD has given you, He will give you rest from all the enemies around you and you will live in safety, 11There the LORD your God shall choose a place where His name shall dwell. And you shall bring your burnt offerings, tithes and sacrifices, the heave offering of your hand and the vows which you vow to the LORD to that place. 12There your entire household, your sons and daughters, male and female servants, shall rejoice before the LORD your God, together with the Levite that is within your gates (because he has no part nor inheritance with you). 13Be aware that you do not offer burnt offerings in every place that you see. 14But only in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings and do all that I command you.
15As your soul's desire you may eat flesh in your gates, according to the blessing of the LORD your God, one may eat of both the unclean and clean animals. 16But you shall not eat the blood, it shall be poured on the earth like water. 17However, if it is a sacrificial offering, you may not eat of it within your gates, whether it be of your grain, wine or oil, or of your herds or flocks. Whether it be a free-will or a heave offering or anything associated with a vow that you made. 18Rather you and your household, your sons and daughters, male and female servants and the Levite within your gates, must eat of it before the LORD your God in the place where He chooses. And there you shall rejoice before the LORD. 19But, beware that you do not forsake the Levite as long as you live on the earth.
20When the LORD brings you into the promise land and your borders become larger and you crave animal flesh to eat, you may eat flesh whatever your soul desires. 21However, if the place which the LORD your God has marked with His name is too far of a distance away from you. Then you may kill of your herds or flocks, which the LORD has given you and eat in your gates as your soul desires. 22You can eat of both the unclean and clean animals. 23But be sure that you do not eat of the blood. For the life in the blood and you may not eat the life with the flesh. 24It shall not be eaten but rather poured out on the earth like water. 25You shall not eat of it, so it may go well with you and your generations after you, when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD.
26But you shall bring your holy things that you have and your vows, to the place that the LORD shall choose. 27There you shall offer burnt offerings, flesh and the blood, on the altar of the LORD your God and the blood shall be poured out on the altar and you shall eat the flesh. 28But again be careful to hear all the words that I command you, so that it may go well with you and your future generations, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
29Now, when the LORD your God cuts off the nations before you and you dwell in their land, 30Remain alert! That you do not become snared by the people whom are destroyed before you. That you do not ask about their gods, how they served their gods, that you may also do likewise. 31This is an abomination to the LORD and you shall not do this, for people of other nations have even sacrificed their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. 32Everything that I have commanded you to do, be diligent to do it. Do not add to it, nor take away from it.
1Now, if a prophet should rise among you or a dreamer of dreams, giving you a sign or a wonder. 2And the sign or the wonder that he spoke of happens and he thus encourages others to follow after and serve other gods that you have not known of. 3Do not listen to that prophet, or that dreamer. For the LORD, your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4Walk after the LORD your God fearing Him, keeping His commandments, obeying His voice, serving Him and holding fast to Him. 5That prophet or dreamer shall be put to death, because he has tried to turn you away from the way the LORD your God commanded you to walk, who brought you out of your bondage within the land of Egypt.
6If a member of your household, a son or a daughter, your own wife or a good friend, attempts to lure you away secretly to serve other gods that you have not known. 7To serve the gods of the people of other nations, whether they be near to you or far. 8You shall not consent nor listen to that person, nether shall you pity that person, sparing or concealing their actions. 9But they shall be put to death, with your hand being the first to carry out the sentence and afterwards joined by all the people. 10You shall stone that person until they are dead, because they attempted to drive you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of bondage in the land of Egypt. 11This shall be an example, for all of Israel shall hear and fear, thus they shall not do any more wickedness, such as this among you.
12If in any of your cities that the LORD your God has given you, you hear it reported that. 13Certain lawless men have gone out, drawing away their neighbors to go and serve other gods, that you have not known, 14After you have carefully inquired and searched the matter out. If it is true that this abomination was done among you, 15Those men who live in that city shall be destroyed and all that is in that city, even the cattle of that city shall be destroyed. 16all the goods of that city shall be gathered in a pile and burn and this shall be a heap forever, for the city shall not be rebuilt. 17None of the cursed things of that city shall you cling to, so that the LORD may turn from His anger and show you mercy and multiply you as He has sworn to your fathers. 18As when you listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keep all His commandments that I have commanded you and do right in the sight of the LORD your God.
1As sons of the LORD your God, you shall not make cuts in your body or make any baldness on your head for the dead. 2For you are a holy people unto the LORD your God and the LORD has chosen you to be a cherished treasure to Himself, above all the nations. 3You shall not eat any abominable thing.
4The animals that you can eat of are the: The ox and its kind, the sheep and its kind, the goat and its kind, 5the dear and it kind and the gazelle. 6Every animal that divides the hoof in two and chews the cud, that animal you may eat of. 7But you shall not eat the animals that either chew the cud, or have a divided hoof, but do not have both. Such as the camel, the hare and the badger, for they chew the cud, but do not have a divided hoof, thus they are unclean to you. 8Likewise the swine, has a divided hoof but does not chew the cud, it is unclean to you. You shall not eat of it or even touch its dead body.
9Of the fish in the waters, you may eat of those having fins and scales. 10Whatever does not have fins and scales, is unclean and you shall not eat of it.
11You may eat of every clean bird. 12But you shall not eat these birds: the eagle and the vulture and its kind, 13the hawk and its kind, the falcon, 14the raven and its kind, 15the owl and its kind and the cuckoo, 16the swan, 17the pelican and the cormorant, 18the stork, the heron and its kind, the hoopoe and the bat.
19Every creeping thing that flies is unclean to you and shall not be eaten. 20But of all clean winged things you may eat.
21Whatever dies of itself you shall not eat, rather give it to the stranger who is staying with you or sell it to a stranger, (NOTE: for they are not under God laws). But, you are a holy people to the LORD, you shall not even boil a kid in its mother's milk, (NOTE: you shall not take what is meant to nourish and pervert it for evil).
22Tithe all the increase of your seed that your fields each year brings forth a harvest. 23You shall tithe of your grain, wine and oil of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks. Then you shall eat before the LORD your God in the place that He chose, so that you may learn to always fear the LORD your God. 24But if the place the LORD chose is too far for you, that you are not able to carry it or is too great a distance. 25Then you shall take money and go to the place the LORD your God has chosen. 26And there you shall convert your money into whatever you desire, whether it be for oxen, sheep, wine or strong drink. There you shall eat it before the LORD your God, rejoicing there you and your household.
27But, don't forget nor forsake the Levite, (God's minister) within your gates, for he has not been given an inheritance with you. 28And at the end of three years, you shall gather all the tithe of your increase for that year. 29And the Levite, because he has no part of the inheritance with you, together with the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, that are part of your community. They Shall eat and be filled, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
1Every seventh year you shall grant a release, (of debts held by a fellow Israelites). 2Every man who holds a loan to his neighbor shall release his neighbor from the debt. Not collecting it from him or his brother, this is called the LORD's release. 3You may require payment of the debt from a foreigner, but you shall release your brother from his debt. 4When there shall be no needy among you, the LORD shall greatly bless you. 5But only if you carefully listen to the voice of the LORD your God and do all of His commandments. 6For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised. You shall lend to many nations, but not borrow, also you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
7If one of your brothers within your community is poor among you, do not harden your heart, shutting of your poor brother. 8Rather open up your purse to him, lending to him whatever his need is. 9Not thinking wickedly in your heart, that the seventh year of release is near and giving him nothing. For if he cries to the LORD against you, it is sin to you. 10Give to him and do not let your heart be grieved. Knowing that in this the LORD your God will bless you in all your works, everything you put your hand to do. 11For you shall always have the poor! But, I command you to give generously to your poor and needy brother in your land.
12Now If your Hebrew neighbor, either a man or a woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you shall release them. 13And you shall not release him or her empty handed. 14You shall richly bless them with gifts of your flock, your grain and your winepress, as the LORD your God has blessed you. 15Remembering that you were once a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you. 16If that Hebrew servant wishes to stay on with you, because they love your household, for all has been good for them. 17You shall then pierce their earlobe and they shall be your servant forever. 18If they wish to go free, do not let this grieve you, for he has served you six years and been worth a double hired servant, for the LORD has blessed you in all that you do.
19Every firstborn male of your herd or your flock, shall be set apart unto the LORD your God. Do not do any field work with him, neither shear the firstborn of your sheep. 20But you and your household shall eat of these before the LORD your God year after year in the place which the LORD chooses. 21But if there is a blemish on it, or if it is lame, or blind, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God. 22Rather you shall eat it within your gates, either of the unclean and clean animals. 23But the blood of it shall be poured on the ground.
16For these three feasts times shall every male appear before the LORD your God in the place that the LORD chooses, The Passover along with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. Neither shall they come empty handed before the LORD, 17Each shall bring their gift, according to the blessing that the LORD has given him.
18You shall appoint judges and officers in all of your towns, according to tribes, which the LORD your God will help you establish And they shall righteously judge the people. 19These men shall not pervert justice, they shall not show partiality, taking gifts or bribes. For a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. 20But they shall follow uncompromising righteousness, that they may live and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.
21You shall not plant any dedicated thing to a false god, near the altar of the LORD your God. 22Nether shall you set up an image, which the LORD your God hates.
1You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God any animal in which there is a blemish, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.
2If there is a man or a woman among you who does evil and breaks the convent of the LORD your God. 3Serving and worshiping other gods, whether it be the sun, the moon or any of the heavenly bodies, that I have not commanded. 4After carefully searching this matter out and if it is true and certain, that such an abomination has been done in Israel. 5You shall bring that person forth and stone them to death. 6The testimony of two or three witnesses shall seal his death, but by the testimony of one witness shall not warrant his death. 7And when executing the stoning, the witnesses shall be first to cause his death, afterwards followed by all the towns people. So you shall put the evil away from among you.
8If there is a matter that is too hard for you to judge, whatever it may be concerning, you shall go up to the place which the LORD your God shall choose. 9There you shall ask the Levites, the priests to judge the matter and they shall declare to you their judgment. 10Then you shall do according to the sentence which they declare to you. 11You shall carry out their judgment exactly as they spoke to you, without any modifications. 12For the man who acts presumptuously, not listening to the priest who ministers before the LORD your God or to the judge, that man shall die, so that all evil is taken out from Israel. 13Thus, all the people shall hear and fear, leaving their presumptuous ways behind them.
14Now when you come into the promise land that the LORD your God shall give you, dwelling in it and then wishing for a king to dwell over you, as the other nations have. 15You will indeed appoint a king, one from your brothers, whom the LORD your God shall choose, not a stranger. 16The king shall not multiply power and might to himself, causing the people to desire to return to Egypt, because the LORD has made it clear there is no going back. 17Nor shall he multiply wives to himself, so his heart does not turn away. Nor shall he multiply great wealth to himself. 18But when he sits on his throne, he shall write a copy of this law in a book from before the priests, the Levites. 19And he shall keep it with him, reading it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and statutes. 20That way, his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, not turning aside from the commandment, so that he may make his days longer within his kingdom, for both, he and his sons.
1The priests, the Levites and all of the tribe of Levi, shall be separated from Israel, nether shall they have a land inheritance with Israel. But, they shall eat the offerings of the LORD and His portion. 2The LORD shall be their inheritance, they shall not have an inheritance among their brothers, Numbers 18:20-24.
3Therefore, this shall be the priest's due from the people's sacrifice, whether it be an ox or a sheep the priests shall receive the shoulder, the two cheeks and the stomach. 4They shall give the priest the first-fruit of their grain, wine and oil and the first of the fleece of their sheep. 5For the LORD, God has chosen them out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, through their generations, forever.
6If a Levite should choose to leave the place he was dwelling, having the desire to go to the place where the LORD shall guide him. 7There, he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as with all his fellow Levites, who stand there before the LORD. 8all the Levites there shall receive the same portions to eat, even though he has received money from the sale of his father's inheritance.
9Now, when you come to the promise land that the LORD your God will give you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations the other nations do. 10Absolutely no one among you shall, sacrifice his son or daughter by fire, or using divination, or shall be a observer of times, a fortune teller, or a witch, 11a charmer, one who take counsel with familiar spirits, a wizard, or one who calls upon the dead. 12Everyone who does such things are an abomination to the LORD and because of this, the LORD shall drive them out from before you. 13You shall be blameless and true before the LORD your God. 14For these nations that you are about to conquer, do all these things, but the LORD has not appointed such for you.
15Now the LORD your God will raise up a Prophet from the midst of you, like me and you shall listen to him. 16For when you were back at Mount Sinai and God came down upon the mountain with great fire. You said to me, let us not hear the voice of the LORD again least we die, but you intercede for us Moses, Exodus 20:18 17And the LORD said to me, the people have spoken well. 18Therefore, from the people, the LORD will raise up another Prophet for you, as I was. The LORD shall put His words in his mouth and the prophet shall speak to the people, as commanded by the LORD. 19And whoever will not obey the LORD's words, spoken by the prophet, the LORD will hold him responsible for his actions. 20Any prophet who presumes to speak words of the LORD that He has not commanded him to speak or if that one speaks in the name of false gods, that prophet shall be put to death. 21When you question in your heart, how you can know the Words of the LORD which He has not spoken to you? 22When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not follow what is known to be true or come to pass, the LORD has not spoken it, the words were presumptuously spoken by this prophet and you shall not be afraid of him.
1When the LORD your God has cut off the nations and you dwell in their cities and in their houses. 2You shall set aside three cities, in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess. 3Therefore divide your land that the LORD has given you, into thirds and within each third there shall be a city designated as a city of refuge, so that a manslayer may flee to it.
4That a manslayer may flee there and live, whoever kills his neighbor in error, who did not hate his neighbor. 5An example of this is, if two men go to cut wood and as they cut wood the axe head slips off the axe handle, killing his neighbor. Thus the other man may flee to a city of refuge and he shall live, Numbers 35:6. 6And if the way to the city of refuge is a far distance, the avenger may not pursue to overtake and kill the man, while his anger is raging. For the man has no sentence worthy of death. 7Therefore I command you to set aside three cities.
8Now if the LORD your God expands your borders, as He has sworn to your fathers. 9If you keep the commandments and do them as I command you today, loving the LORD your God and walking in His ways, then you shall add three more cities of refuge. 10So innocent blood may not be shed on the land which the LORD your God gave you as an inheritance and thus blood may not be on your head.
11But if a man hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him and kills him and then flees to one of these cities, 12The elders of the city he came from, shall bring him back and deliver him into the hand of his avenger and he shall be put to death. 13You shall not pity him, but you shall clear Israel of deceitful wrongdoing concerning innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.
14Do not remove your neighbor's landmark, which was set in the past to mark each one inheritance, in the land that the LORD your God shall give to you.
15A man shall not be convicted by the word of only one witness, but by two or three witness the matter may be known. 16If a false witness rises up and accuses a man of wrongdoing. 17Both the men who disagree shall stand before the LORD, the priests and the judges. 18The judges shall then make careful inquiry and if the witness has testified falsely against his brother, 19Whatever he had thought to do to his brother, shall be done to him. Thus you shall put the evil away from among you. 20This shall set an example for those who have heard and they shall fear, not committing this evil among you again. 21And you shall not pity them! It shall be, life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand and foot for foot.
1When you battle against your enemies and you realize that they are a people mightier and greater than you are, do not be afraid of them! Know that the LORD your God is with you, whom brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 2When the men approach the battle, the priest shall speak to them. 3Saying, today as you go to battle, do not be faint hearted, afraid, do not tremble and do not let the enemy see fear. 4For the LORD your God goes with you and He will fight for you against your enemies, so that you will be saved.
5-7The officers shall then speak to the men saying. If any man has unfinished business, whether it be concerning a new house, crops that have been planted or a recent engagement to a wife, let that man go take care of his business, least he die in battle and it be left incomplete. 8Then the officers will further speak to the men, saying. If any man is fearful and faint-hearted, let him return to his house, lest he also discourage his brothers. 9After these words, the officers will appoint captains of the armies to lead the people.
10When you come to a city to fight against it, first make an offer of peace to that city. 11If the people of that city accept the offer, then all the people in that city shall be forced laborers to you and they shall serve you. 12But if they will not make peace with you and they choose to fight, you shall besiege that city. 13And when the LORD your God has delivered it into your hands, you shall strike every male with the edge of the sword. 14But the women, children, the cattle and all the spoil that is in the city, you shall take for yourself, eating the spoil of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. 15You shall do so to all the cities that are a far distance from you, which are not of the nations of your immediate inheritance.
16The cities that the LORD your God has given you as an inheritance, you shall completely destroy all that has breath. 17Utterly destroying the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the LORD your God has commanded you to do. 18So they do not teach you the ways of their abominations, that they perform for their false gods. So you do not sin against the LORD your God. 19Now when you war against a city for a length of time. You shall not destroy its fruit trees by cutting them down, for you can eat of their fruit, for you are not fighting the trees. 20The trees that are not used for food, you shall destroy and cut them down to build bulwarks against that city, until it is subdued.
1If the dead body of a Hebrew is found lying in the field of the land that the LORD your God gave you and it is not known who has killed him. 2The elders and judges shall determine the nearest city. 3And the elders of that city shall take a heifer that has never been worked or even had a yoke put on it. 4They shall bring the heifer to a stream that flows continually, a field that is neither plowed nor sown and there they shall behead the heifer. 5The priests, the sons of Levi, shall then come near, for the LORD your God has chosen them as ministers and by their word shall every controversy be settled. 6All the elders of that city shall then wash their hands over the heifer that has been beheaded in the stream. 7Saying, our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen who did this. 8LORD, be merciful to Your people, whom You have redeemed and do not lay innocent blood to the charge of Your people Israel. Thus the blood shall be forgiven them. 9And you shall put away innocent blood from among you, when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD.
10Now when you go to war and the LORD your God deliverers your enemies into your hands and you take them captive. 11If you see among the captives a beautiful woman and desire to take her as a wife, 12you can bring her to your house, but she shall shave her head and cut her nails. 13She shall remove the clothing of her captivity, she shall then remain in your house mourning her father and mother for a full month. After that you may go into her, becoming her husband and she shall be your wife. 14And if you find you have no delight in her, you shall let her go free, you shall not sell her or make a slave of her, because you have humbled her.
15If a man has two wives and he favors one and not the other. If they have both bore him sons, where the firstborn son was a child of the ill-favored wife. 16In the days of the inheritance, the father shall not put the firstborn son of the wife he loves in the place of the actual firstborn son of his ill-favored wife. 17Rather, he shall acknowledge the son of the ill-favored wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has. For he is the beginning of his strength and the right of the firstborn is his.
18If there is a son who is stubborn and rebels, who will not obey his parent's voice even when they have disciplined him. 19His parents shall then bring him to the elders of the city. 20Saying to the elders, our son is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us, for he is a glutton and a drunkard. 21Then all the men of that city shall stone him, unto death. Thus shall you put evil away from you and through this all of Israel shall hear and fear.
22If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, hung on a tree. 23You shall not leave his body on that tree all night long. Rather you shall bury him that day, so that the land that the LORD gave you may not be defiled, (for everyone that is hung is accursed of God).
1If you see your brother's ox or sheep being driven away. You shall not look the other way. You shall intercede and return them to your brother. 2And if your brother lives a distance away or if the owner is a man you do not know, you shall then bring them to your own house and wait until the proper owner seeks after them. 3Likewise shall you do with his donkey, with his clothing, or with any thing of your brother's that he has lost and you have found. 4Nor shall you see your brother's donkey or oxen fall down by the way and look the other way. You shall help him to lift it up again.
5A woman shall not wear clothing that pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on woman's clothing, for everyone who does such is an abomination unto the Lord your God.
6If you come across a bird's nest and the mother is sitting on the young or on eggs, you are not to take the mother with her young. 7 You shall let the mother go and take the young for yourself, so that it may be well with you and your days may be long.
8When you build a house, you shall put a railing around a flat roof, so that no one shall fall from it, bringing blood unto that house.
9You shall not sow in your vineyard different kinds of seeds, lest both the increase of your seed and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled.
10You shall not plow your fields with an ox and a donkey yoked together.
11You shall not wear a garment woven of different kinds of material.
12You shall make for yourself tassels on the four corners of your cloak, Numbers 15:37-41.
13If any man takes a wife and goes into her, only later to scorn her. 14Bringing an evil name upon her, making accusations against her that, I took this woman as a wife and upon lying with her, I found no proof of her virginity. 15The parents of the girl along with the girl, shall then bring proof of the girl's virginity to the town leaders. 16The girl's father shall then say, I gave my daughter to this man as a wife and he hates her. 17For he has shamefully charged her, saying. I have not found your daughter to be a virgin. Yet, this cloth is the proof of her virginity. 18Then the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him. 19Fining him one hundred shekels of silver and giving this to the father of the girl, because he has brought an evil name on a virgin of Israel. She shall then be his wife and her husband may not be allowed to put her away, all of his days. 20But if the accusation is true and no proof of virginity is found, 21The girl shall be brought to the door of her father's house and she shall be stoned to death. For she has foolishly played the harlot while in her father's house. Thus you shall put the evil away from among you.
22If a man lies with a married woman, both shall die, so that the evil may be put away from Israel.
23If a virgin is engaged to a man and another man finds her in a city and lies with her, 24They shall both be brought to the public square and stoned until death. The girl because she did not cry out in the city and the man because he has humbled his neighbor's wife. Thus you shall put away evil from among you. 25But if the man finds an engaged girl in the field and the man forces her and lies with her, only the man shall die. 26Nothing shall be done to the girl, for she did nothing wrong. 27For she cried out, but there was no one nearby to hear or help.
28If a man finds a virgin who is not engaged and lays with her. 29The man shall give to the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. She shall be his wife, for he has humbled her and he may not put her away all his days.
30A man shall not take his father's wife, nor uncover his father's wife.
1 He who has been wounded in the testicles or has been castrated, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
2 A person born out of wedlock shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD, even up to his tenth generation.
3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Even to their tenth generation. 4Because they did not give you bread and water, as you passed by when you came out of Egypt, yet they hired Balaam to curse the Israelites, Numbers chapters 22-24. 5Nevertheless, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but turned the curse to a blessing, for the LORD loves you. 6You shall not ever seek after the peace or the prosperity that these nations seem to have.
7You shall not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother, (Esau's descendants). You shall not despise an Egyptian, because you were a once stranger in his land. 8Their descendants shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation.
9When you are at war and the army is at camp, keep yourself from all wickedness. 10Any man who is unclean because of an emission at night, shall go outside of the camp. 11When evening comes, he shall wash with water and when the sun goes down, he can come back into the camp. 12There shall be a place outside the camp where you shall relieve yourself. 13Along with your weapon you shall have a shovel, that when you relieve yourself, you shall dig a hole and cover it with dirt. 14For the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp, so as to deliver you from your enemies. Therefore, your camp shall be holy, so that the LORD shall see no unclean thing and therefore turn away from you.
15You shall not return an escaped servant back to his master. 16Rather, he shall dwell within your city gates, wherever he chooses, you shall not oppress him.
17There shall not be a harlot of the daughters of Israel, nor shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
18You shall not bring the wages of a female or male prostitute into the house of the LORD your God associated with a vow. For this is an abomination to the LORD your God.
19You shall not lend to your brother for interest. 20You may lend to a stranger for interest, but not to your brother. Lending to your brother, the LORD your God will bless you in all that you do in the promise land.
21When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to complete it, for the LORD requires it of you and it would be sin to be lax about it. 22But if you abstain from making a vow, it is not sin. 23However, what you have spoken, you shall keep and perform, even a free-will offering, according as you have vowed.
24When you come into your neighbor's vineyard, you may eat grapes at your own pleasure, but you shall not store up reserves of you neighbor's grapes. 25Likewise, when you stand in your neighbor's field, you may eat of the heads of grain, but not harvest his field for your own sake.
1When a man marries a wife and later she looses all favor in his eyes, because he has found some filthiness in her. The husband may give her a writing of divorce, thus sending her out of his house. 2After she departs, if she marries another man. 3Only to receive divorce papers from her second husband, or if her second husband dies. 4The first husband, may not take her again as his wife, for she has been defiled. For this is an abomination before the LORD. And you shall not cause the land to sin, which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.
5When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out to war or carry the responsibility of any duty. But, shall remain at home one year enjoying the wife that he has taken.
6A man shall not take another mans daily substance in pledge, for he would be taking a man's life in pledge.
7Any man found kidnapping one of his brothers in Israel, to make a slave of him or sell him, shall surely die. Thus you shall put away evil from among you.
8Stay alert, of the plague of leprosy, watch carefully and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you. 9Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam, Aaron's wife, in the wilderness, after you had come out of Egypt, Numbers chapter 12.
10If you give your Hebrew brother a loan, you shall not go into his house to retrieve his pledge. 11You shall stand outside and the man shall bring the pledge out to you. 12And if the man is poor, you shall not keep his pledge overnight. 13At sundown, you shall give his pledge back to him, allowing him to sleep in his own clothing, so that he may bless you. This shall be accounted to you as righteousness before the LORD your God.
14You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is a Hebrew brother or a stranger within your gates. 15You shall give him his day's wages before the sun go down. For he is poor and it is his substance, lest he cries out to the LORD against you, for that would be sin against you.
16The fathers shall not be put to death for the son's sins, neither shall the sons be put to death for the father's sins. But, every man shall be responsible for his own sin.
17You shall not pervert the rightful judgment of the stranger nor of the fatherless, nor take a widow's clothing to pledge. 18Always remember that you were once a slave in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you, therefore, I command you to do this.
19When you harvest your field and forget a tool in the field, you shall not go back to retrieve it. It shall be for the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand. 20When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the branches again. The remaining olives shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless and for the widow. 21Likewise, when you gather the grapes from your vineyard, you shall not go back over it, the remaining grapes shall be for the stranger, the fatherless and the widow. 22Always remember that you were once a slave in the land of Egypt, therefore, I command you to do this thing.
1When there is a dispute between men and it is judged, where one man is declared righteous and the wrongdoer is found guilty. 2If the man at fault is worthy to be beaten. The man shall be beaten right there in the presence of the judge according to the number of stripes that his crime deserves. 3No more than forty stripes may be given, for if he is given more than forty lashes, your brother would be dishonored before your eyes.
4 You shall not muzzle the ox while he treads out the grain, (NOTE: for the laborer is worthy of his hire), Luke 10:7.
5If brothers dwell together and one brother dies without having an heir, the wife of the dead brother shall not marry outside to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall take her as a wife and lay with her, fulfilling the duty of a husband's brother to her. 6And the firstborn that she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother, so that his name may not be removed from the record of Israel. 7Now if the man does not want to take his brother's wife, his brother's wife shall go to the town elders and state that my husband's brother refused to continue his brother's name in Israel, for he will not perform the duties of my husband's brother. 8The elders shall then talk to the brother. And if he still refuses to take her. 9In the presence of the elders, his brothers wife shall take off his shoe and spit in his face and say, So shall it be done to the man who will not build up his brother's house. 10And his families name in Israel, shall be called "the house of him who had his shoe taken off".
11When men are fighting and the wife of one attempts to deliver her husband from the man who struck him, grabbing the genitals of the other man. 12Her hand shall be cut off and your eye shall not pity her.
13As you do business, you shall not carry with you a true and a false weight, a heavy weight and a light weight. 14Nor in your house shall you have two kinds of measures, a great and a small ephah. 15Your measures and weights shall be perfect and just, so that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God gives you. 16For they that use deceitful weights and measures practice unrighteousness and are hateful to the LORD your God.
17Remember what Amalek did to you in the wilderness when you came out of Egypt, 18How he struck those of you who were trailing behind, the feeble, the faint and weary, for he did not fear God, Exodus 17:8-13. 19And when the LORD your God has given you rest from your enemies in the promise land, you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek, do not forget this.
1When you come into the land of your inheritance, that the LORD your God has given you. 2You shall take the first of the fruit that the LORD gives you, put them in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God has put His name. 3Then you shall go to the priest and proclaim that you have come into the land which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us. 4And the priest shall take the basket and set it before the altar of the LORD your God.
5And you shall say to the priest and before the LORD your God. My father, Jacob was a wonderer, he went down to Egypt as a sojourner with a few men and there became a great, numerous and mighty nation, Genesis chapter 46. 6Only to be ill-treated and afflicted by the Egyptians. 7As we cried out to the God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice and looked upon our afflictions and our oppression. 8And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with fearful might, through miracles and with wonders. 9He has brought us to this land, a land that flows with milk and honey. 10I have now brought the firstfruits of the land which You LORD have given me. And you shall worship before the LORD your God. 11Your entire household, the Levite and the stranger with you, shall all rejoice in the good that the LORD your God has given to you.
12At the end of the third year, when you have completed all of your tithing and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow (that they may eat inside your gates and be filled). 13You shall say before the LORD your God, I have also brought out the holy things from my house, giving them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, according to all Your commandments, I have not broken Your commandments. 14I have not eaten of my holy offerings while in my mourning nor have I handled any of it when I have been unclean or given any of it for the dead, (making it unclean). But, I have listened to Your voice and have done all that You have commanded me. 15Look down from Heaven and bless Your people Israel and the land which You have given them, a land flowing with milk and honey. 16Today, as you have commanded us to do, we have kept and done these statues and ordinances and done them with all our heart and soul. 17You have told us today that the LORD is our God, to walk in His ways keeping His statutes, commandments and judgments and listening to His voice. 18For the LORD has taken you today to be His precious treasure, as He has promised you and that you shall keep all His commandments. 19He has lifted you high above all nations, in praise, in name and in honor, that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, exactly as He has spoken.
1Moses together with the elders of Israel, commanded the people to keep all the commandments that they had heard that day. 2Now, on the day when you cross over the Jordan river, to the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall whitewash and set up large stones. 3Writing on them all the words of the law, so that you may go into the promise land, a land that flows with milk and honey. 4Therefore, you shall set up these stones in Mount Ebal, as I command you and whitewash them. 5There you shall build an altar of stones to the LORD your God, you shall not use any iron tool. 6The alter shall be built of uncut stones and on it, you shall offer burnt offerings to the LORD your God. 7You shall also offer peace offerings and shall eat and rejoice there before the LORD your God. 8There you shall write all the words of this law very plainly on the stones. 9Moses and the priests then spoke this to all the people of Israel, saying; Hear this well, for today you have become the people of the LORD your God. 10Therefore, you shall obey the voice of the LORD your God, doing His commandments and statutes as I command you today.
11That day Moses also charged the people, saying; 12These six tribes shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people. Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin. 13These six tribes shall stand on Mount Ebal speaking the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali.
14The Levites shall speak to all the men of Israel with a loud voice:
1Now, if you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God, observing all His commandments, your God will set you above all nations of the earth. 2And these blessings shall come on you and overtake you, if you will listen to His voice.
7The LORD shall cause your enemies that rise up against you, to be defeated before you. They will come out against you one way, but will flee before you seven ways. 8He shall command the blessing on your storehouses and all that you set your hand to do in the land which the LORD your God gives you. 9The LORD shall establish you as a holy people, as He has sworn to you, if you keep His commandments and walk in His ways. 10And all the people of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD and they shall be afraid of you. 11And the LORD shall prosper you in goods, the offspring of your body, the fruit of the ground and the increase of your cattle, in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to give to you. 12The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens will give rain to your land in its season, blessing the work of your hands. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13For the LORD shall make you the head and not the tail, you shall always be above all things and not under, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, observing them and doing them. 14You shall follow the exact words that I command you, you shall not deviate from them, thereby going after other gods and serving them.
15But it shall be, if you will not listen to the voice of the LORD your God, observing and doing all His commandments and statutes, all these curses shall come on you and overtake you.
20The LORD shall put upon you cursing, confusion and shall rebuke you in all that you set your hand to do, until you quickly perish, because of the wickedness of your ways, for you have forsaken My way. 21the LORD shall make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from off the land that you go to possess. 22He shall strike you and your body shall waste away with a fever, with inflammation and extreme burning. With the sword, with blasting, with mildew and these shall pursue you until you perish. 23And the heavens over you shall scorch you and the earth under you shall be as barren as concrete. 24the LORD shall make the rain of your land powder and dust. It shall come down on you until you are destroyed. 25the LORD shall cause you to be stricken before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26Your body shall be food to the birds and the beasts of the earth, for they shall no longer be terrified by you. 27And the LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with the hemorrhoids, with the scab and with an incurable itch, 28madness and blindness, you shall be oppressed in your heart. 29And you shall wander around as blind people groping in the darkness, none of your ways shall prosper and you shall be abused continually with no man to save you.
30The wife you become engaged to, another man shall lie with. The house you build, you shall not live in. Even the vineyard you plant, you shall not eat of its grapes. 31Your ox shall be slain before your eyes and you shall not eat of it. Your donkey shall be forcibly taken away from you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies and none shall come to your side. 32Your sons and your daughters shall be taken captive and you shall mourn for them all of your days, for there shall be no power in your hand to prevent this. 33The increase of your land and the toil of your labors, shall be eaten up by a nation that you do not know and you shall continually be oppressed and crushed. 34For you shall be driven mad by the sights of what you see. 35The LORD shall strike you in the knees and in the legs with a sore boil that cannot be healed, even from your feet to the top of your head.
36The LORD shall bring you and your king, captive to a nation that you do not know and there you will serve other gods of wood and stone. 37And you shall become an astonishment, an example, an object of contempt to all nations wherever the LORD leads you. 38You shall do much planting and gather little harvest, for the locust shall eat it. 39You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but shall not gather the harvest or drink the wine, for the worm shall eat them. 40Through all of your coast lines shall be olive trees, but you will not anoint yourself with the oil, for the trees shall drop their fruit. 41You shall father sons and daughters, but shall not enjoy your children, for they shall go into captivity. (NOTE: Israel was taken captive in 722bc and Judah was taken captive in 597bc). 42all the fruit trees of your land the locust shall consume. 43The stranger among you shall rise up above you, while your stature shrinks very low. 44He shall loan to you, but you shall not loan to him, for He shall be the head and you shall be the tail.
45All these curses shall come on you, pursue you and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keeping His commandments, His statutes that He commanded you. 46And these shall be on you as a sign and a warning to other nations and upon your children forever. 47Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart, rejoicing in the abundance of all things. 48Therefore in hunger, thirst, nakedness and want of all things you shall serve your enemies, that the LORD will send against you. And they shall put heavy burdens upon you until they have destroyed you. 49The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far off, a nation whose language you do not understand. 50A fierce nation who shall not regard the old, or show favor to the young. 51And they shall eat the fruit of your land and the increase of your cattle, nothing shall be left for you and you shall perish.
52Throughout all of your land that the LORD your God has given you, the enemy will attack your fortified walls and gates, in which you placed your trust, until they come down. 53And you shall eat the flesh of your own sons and daughters, that the LORD has given you, in your anguish and time of distress. 54Even the tender hearted men among you, shall be scheming evil thoughts toward his brother, his wife and toward his children that remain. 55Not willing to give to any of them, the flesh of his sons whom he shall eat, because there is nothing left for him in the midst of this great siege. 56Also the tender and delicate woman shall think evil toward her husband and toward her children. 57And the young she gives birth to. She shall eat in secret during the time of the great siege.
58If you do not observe all the words of this law written in this book, that you may fear the glorious and fearful name of the LORD YOUR GOD. 59The LORD then will make your plagues unforgettable and the plagues of your children great and persistent, with long lasting sicknesses. 60He shall also bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt and they shall cling to you. 61Along with every sickness and plague that are not written in the book of this law, the LORD will bring them on you until you are destroyed. 62You shall then be left few in number, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God, whereas you were once as numerous as the stars of the heavens. 63Just as the LORD rejoiced over you and multiplied you when you were doing good. So will it also be that the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and to bring you to nothing.
64Over all the earth and among all nations, the LORD will scatter you and you will serve other gods of wood and stone, that you have not known. 65Among these nations you shall not find any rest and the LORD shall give you a trembling heart and your soul shall grieve. 66As your life hangs in doubt before you and you fear day and night, having no assurance of your life. 67In the morning you shall wish it were evening! And in the evening, morning, for your heart shall be filled with fear, because of what your eyes shall see. 68And the LORD shall bring you into captivity again, via a way that I said to you, while in the wilderness, "you shall not see this pathway again", (NOTE: the road back to bondage into Egypt). There you will be marketed as male and female slaves, yet no one will even buy you.
1This is the covenant that the LORD commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in the land of Moab, restating the covenant that He made with them at Mount Sinai, Exodus 34:17-26.
2Moses spoke to all of Israel, saying. You have seen all that the LORD did to Pharaoh, his servants and to all the land of Egypt, Exodus chapters 7-12. 3Your eyes have seen the great trials, signs and miracles. 4Yet the LORD has not given you a heart and mind to perceive, eyes to see and ears to hear, until today. 5For forty years, I led you in the wilderness. Your clothes did not wear out, neither did your shoes become old. 6You have nether eaten bread or drunk wine or strong drink, so that you might know that your dependence is on the LORD your God. 7And when you came to the borders between Moab and the Amorites, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan, both came out against us in battle and we defeated them, Numbers 21:21-26. 8Their land we took and gave it for an inheritance to the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh. 9Therefore, keep the words of this covenant and do them, so that you may act wisely and prosper, in all that you do.
10Today, all of you stand here before the LORD your God, the captains of your tribes, your elders, the officers and all the men of Israel, 11Together with your children, your wives and the stranger in your camp who cuts your wood and draws your water. 12Now you shall enter into covenant with the LORD your God and into His oath, that He makes with you today. 13So that He may establish you as a people to Himself and that He may be a God to you, as He has spoken to you and sworn to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
14I do not make this covenant and this oath with you only. 15But with you who stands here today before the LORD our God and your future generations that are not with us today. 16You all know how we lived in the land of Egypt and how we crossed by the nations in the wilderness. 17You have also seen their abominations and their idols of wood and stone, silver and gold. 18Therefore, there should not be among you a man, woman, family or tribe, whose heart turns away from the LORD our God, to serve the gods of these other nations, lest there spring up among you a poisonous root that spreads among you. 19And yet it will happen that when this person hears the words of this curse, he shall bless himself, thinking to himself, I have peace, even though he walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, deceiving himself to believe his ways are that of the righteous.
20The LORD will not forgive him and His anger and jealousy will come against that man. Every curse written in this book will come upon him and the LORD shall blot out his name among God's people. 21The LORD shall single him out for ruin and destruction from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law. 22So that the next generation of your sons, even the stranger from a far land. Shall see the plagues of the land as an example, saying. The LORD has laid a great sickness on the land.
23The entire land shall be barren, burned with brimstone and salt, there shall be no planting or harvest. It shall be like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, that the LORD overthrew in His wrath, Genesis 18:16. 24Every nation shall question why the LORD has done this to the land and what is the reason for His great anger? 25And the men shall answer, because the Israelites have forsaken the covenant of the LORD, that He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26For they served and worshiped other gods that they did not know, nor could these gods do anything for them. 27Therefore, the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land and brought upon it all the curses that are written in this book. 28The LORD uprooted the people out of their land in His anger and wrath and with great indignation, casting them into captivity into another land, as you see today.
29Now the secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, so that we may do all the words of the law.
1When all these things come on you, either the blessing or the curse that I have set before you, You shall recall them to your mind, as you dwell in the nations where the LORD your God has driven you to. 2You and your sons shall then return to the LORD your God and obey His voice according to all that I have commanded you today, with all your heart and soul. 3The LORD your God will then have compassion on you in your captivity. And He will return and gather you from all the nations where He has scattered you. 4Even if you are driven out into the outermost parts of the earth, the LORD your God will gather you up from there. 5He will then bring you back to dwell in the land that your fathers possessed. And He will do good for you, multiplying you above your fathers. 6The LORD your God will then circumcise your heart and the hearts of your children, to love Him with all your heart and soul, so that you may live.
7The LORD your God will then put all these curses on your enemies, those who hate you and persecuted you. 8Then shall you return and obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments that I have given you today. 9The LORD your God will then give you an abundance of work and will prosper your hand, you shall again have children, increasing in cattle and in the fruit of your land. The LORD will once again rejoice over you for good, as He also rejoiced over your fathers. 10Because you now listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keeping His commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, having return to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
11This commandment which I give you today is not hidden from you, neither is it far off. 12It is not a mystery laid up in heaven, that you need someone to teach and explain it to you. 13Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should need someone to retrieve it for you. 14But the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may do it.
15I have set before you today life and all that is good, death and evil, 16Today, I command you to love the LORD your God, walk in His ways, keeping His commandments, statutes and judgments, so that you may live and multiply. And the LORD will bless you in the land in which you go to possess.
17But if you do turn away and harden your heart, so that you choose not to hear and are drawn away to serve and worship other gods. 18I say to you this day, you shall surely perish. Your days shall not be prolonged. 19This day, I call heaven and earth to testify against you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore, choose life, so that both, you and your generations may live, 20That you may love the LORD your God and that you may obey His voice and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, so that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
1Moses then spoke these words to all of Israel. 2Saying to them, I am one hundred twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in as I use to. Also, the LORD said to me, you shall not go over the Jordan river to the promise land. 3But know the LORD your God will go before you, destroying those nations and you shall possess them. As the LORD has said, Joshua shall cross over with you. 4And the LORD shall do to them as He did to the two kings of the Amorites, Sihon and Og whose land He destroyed, Numbers 21:21-26. 5The LORD shall hand the nations to you and you shall do exactly as I have commanded you. 6Therefore, be strong and courageous. Do not fear nor be afraid of them, for the LORD your God goes with you and will not fail or forsake you.
7Moses then called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, be strong and courageous. For you must go with these people to the promise land and you shall cause them to inherit the land. 8Do not fear or be dismayed, for the LORD goes before you. He will be with you and will not fail nor forsake you.
9Moses then wrote this law and delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD and to all the elders of Israel. 10Commanding them that every seven years, on the same year as the year of release, during the Feast of Tabernacles, 11Before all of Israel and before the LORD your God in the place that He shall choose, this law shall be read before all Israel. 12Everyone shall gather, men, women, children and stranger together, so they may hear and learn the fear of the LORD your God, being careful to do all the words of the law. 13So that your sons and future generations who have not known may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the promise land over the Jordan river.
14Now the LORD said to Moses; Your days are nearing when you must die. Call Joshua and both go to the Tabernacle of the Meeting, where I shall give him his charge. 15The LORD then appeared in the Tabernacle, in a pillar of a cloud that stood over the door.
16And the LORD said to Moses; You shall die and go to be with your fathers. These people will rise up and go lusting after the gods of the strangers of the land into which they are going, forsaking Me and breaking My covenant which I made with them. 17In that day, My anger shall be kindled against them and I will forsake them. Hiding My face from them and they shall be devoured, for many evils and troubles will befall them. And in that day, they shall say, these evils have come upon us because our God is not among us. 18In that day I shall hide My face from them, because of all the evil they have done, as they turn to other gods. 19Therefore, write this song down and teach it to the sons of Israel, that the song may be a witness for Me against them. 20For when I bring them into the promise land, which I swore to their fathers, the land that flows with milk and honey. After they have eaten having been filled and satisfied and becoming fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, provoking Me and will break My covenant. 21When many evils and troubles have found them, this song shall then testify against them, for their children shall remember this song. Yes, even before I bring them into this land, I know their thoughts and imaginations.
22Moses then wrote this song, the same day and taught it to the sons of Israel. 23And the LORD charged Joshua to be strong and courageous. For you shall bring the sons of Israel into the promise land and I will be with you.
24Thus, Moses finished writing down all the words of the law in a book and when it was completed. 25Moses commanded the Levites, who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD, saying; 26Take this book of the law and put it beside of the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD your God, so that it may be there for a witness against you. 27For I know of your rebellion and your stubbornness. Even as I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the LORD. And how much more shall it be after my death? 28Gather together all the elders of your tribes and your officers, so that I may speak these words to them, calling Heaven and earth to testify against them. 29Because I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and will turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. In those latter days evil will befall you because you do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger through your own works.
30This is the song that Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel.
1Listen yea heavens as I speak and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2My message shall come to you as the rain on tender plants and my speech as the dew on the grass. 3I will proclaim the name of the LORD and ascribe greatness to our God. 4For, He is the Rock. His work is perfect, just and upright are all His ways, a God of faithfulness and without any evil. 5But, Israel has corrupted themselves, they are not His sons and that is their blemish, they are a crooked and perverse, (morally corrupt) generation. 6You foolish and senseless people, is this how you repay the LORD? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made and established you? 7Do you not know of the days of old? Learn and consider your past. Ask your fathers and they shall show you, the elders will tell you. 8When the Most High gave to Israel their land inheritance, when He separated them out as a nation, knowing even the number of the sons of Israel. 9 For the LORD's portion is His people and their father, Jacob is the line of His inheritance. 10The LORD found him in a desert land, an empty place, but He turned him around and caused him to understand, keeping him as the apple of His eye. 11As an eagle awakens the young in her nest, spreads its wings, bearing them up on her wing, 12The LORD alone, led him, for there was no strange god with him. 13He made him ride on the high places of the earth and eat its increase, to draw honey and oil out of unyielding situations. 14Butter from cows and milk from sheep, with the fat of lambs and rams. In the fertile plains of the Jordan with the finest of wheat, drinking the finest of wine. 15But Israel grew fat and rebelled. They became satisfied and they grew dense, forsaking the God, who made them, lightly esteeming and even despising the Rock of their salvation. 16They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods and with abominations, they provoked Him to anger. 17They sacrificed to devils rather than the true God, gods that they did not know of, even to new trendy gods. 18They were unmindful of the Rock, whom brought them forth and they ceased to care for their Creator. 19And the LORD saw their disdain and He rejected them, out of indignation with His sons and daughters. 20Saying, I will hide My face from them and will see what their end shall be. For they are a perverse, (morally corrupt) generation, in whom is no faithfulness. 21They have moved Me to jealousy by what is not of God, therefore, I shall move them to jealousy with those who are not God's chosen people. They have provoked Me to anger with their idols, therefore, I will provoke them to anger through a foolish nation. 22For My anger is kindled and shall burn to the lowest hell, consuming the earth and setting on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23I will heap evils on them, casting My arrows on them. 24Exhausted through famine, weakened by burning heat, consumed by wild beasts, that I send on them, along with the poison of crawling insects. 25Together by the sword outside and the terror inside, both the young man and the virgin, the child and the old man shall be destroyed.
26I said, I would dash them to pieces, causing the memory of them to cease from before all men. 27If it was not for the jesting remarks of the enemy, lest their enemies should misconstrue, thinking that, "they have archived greatness and thinking, the LORD has not done any of this". 28For they are a nation without counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. 29For if they were wise, they would understand and would consider their latter end! 30How could one soldier have chased a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock, their foundation had crumbled beneath them, for the LORD had delivered them over. 31For their rock, (false god) is not as our Rock, our God, even our enemies themselves can see this clearly. 32For their vineyard is that of Sodom and Gomorrah, having bitter fruit. 33Their wine is as the poisonous venom of snakes. 34Is not this rebellion laid up in store with Me and sealed up among My treasures? 35For vengeance and retribution belong to the LORD. The day of their calamity is at hand and their foot shall slide in time, bringing the things upon them with haste. 36The LORD shall bring justice to His people, but shall have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their power is gone and only the imprisoned and abandoned remain. 37And the LORD shall mock them saying, where are your gods, the rock in whom you trusted? 38These false gods, who ate the fat of your sacrifices and drank the wine of your drink offerings. Let them now rise up and help you, let it be your place of safe refuge.
39See now that I am God and there is no falseness in me. I kill and make alive, I wound and heal, no one is outside My hand. 40For I swear by Heaven that I am the eternal God, who lives forever! 41When I sharpen My sword and bring forth judgment, giving vengeance to My enemies and those who hate Me shall receive their just reward. 42My arrows shall seek after blood and My sword shall devour flesh, rendering the blood of the slain and of the captives, to the leaders of the enemy. 43Therefore, let the nations rejoice with His people, for He will avenge the blood of His servants, rendering vengeance to His enemies yet being merciful to His land and to His people.
44Moses and Joshua spoke all these words of this song to the people. 45When Moses had finished speaking this to Israel. 46He said to them, Remember in your hearts and minds these words which I testify among you, command your sons to observe and keep all the words of this law. 47This is not a trite thing for you, rather it is your life. By this Word, you shall prolong your days in the promise land over the Jordan river.
48Now, the same day the LORD spoke to Moses, saying; 49Go up Mount Abarim, to Mount Nebo in the land of Moab, which is opposite Jericho. From there you can see the land of Canaan that I am giving to the sons of Israel. 50There you shall die and be gathered to your people, just as Aaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, Numbers 20:22-29. 51For you sinned against Me among the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah, Numbers 20:2, in the wilderness of Zin at Kadesh, because you did not sanctify Me in the midst of the sons of Israel. 52You will see the land, but you shall not go into the promise land that I am giving the sons of Israel.
1This is the blessing with which Moses, the man of God, blessed the sons of Israel with, before his death. 2And Moses said, the LORD came from Sinai and rose up from Seir. He shone forth from Mount Paran, with a multitude of saints, with a flaming fire and a law in his right hand. 3For, He loved the people so. All the saints are in His hand and they sit at His feet, receiving His Word and His direction. 4Then Moses commanded us a law, for the taking of the inheritance of the people of Jacob. 5And the LORD was king in Israel, when the heads of the tribes of Israel were called out.
26There is none like the God of Israel, who in His majesty rides on the heaven and the clouds coming to our aid. 27The eternal God is your refuge with His everlasting arms. He casts out the enemy from before you, with one single word, Destroy! 28Israel shall dwell in safety alone, the root of Jacob's dwelling in the promise land of grain and wine, with the heavens providing forth their dew. 29Israel is blessed, there is no one like you, people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help and the sword of your excellency! Your enemies shall be found to be subject to you and you shall tread on their worship places.
1Moses then left the plains of Moab and climbed mount Nebo, to the peak of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. There the LORD showed him all the land, from the rocky land, to the promise land of the tribe of Dan. 2The land of Naphtali and of Ephraim and Manasseh and all the land of Judah, to the furthest sea. 3The land to the south and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, to Zoar, near the southeast corner of the Dead Sea. 4Now the LORD said to Moses; This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give to the seed of Israel. I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross over the Jordan river.
5And Moses, the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the Word of the LORD. 6The LORD then buried Moses in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-Peor. But, the exact location of the grave is not known to man, even to this very day. 7Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not failing, neither had he lost any of his natural strength.
8The sons of Israel then wept for Moses, staying in the plains of Moab thirty days and when the days of weeping and mourning had ended. 9Joshua, being full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the sons of Israel listened to Joshua and did as the LORD had commanded. 10However, there has not ever been a prophet in Israel like Moses, that the LORD knew face to face. 11Doing all the signs and wonders that the LORD had him do to Pharaoh and his servants, in the land of Egypt. 12Showing the mighty hand of the LORD, through great and terrible deeds, which Moses showed to all the people of Israel.