therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live,
and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that
ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
3Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor,
the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
5Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should
do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these
statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things
that we call upon him for?
8And what nation
is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the
things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons,
and thy sons' sons;
10Specially the day that
thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make
them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach
11And ye came near and stood
under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
12And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst
of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
13And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even
ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over
to possess it.
15Take ye therefore good heed
unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the
16Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make
you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the
18The likeness of any thing that creepeth
on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the
stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided
unto all nations under the whole heaven.
the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance,
as ye are this day.
21Furthermore the LORD
was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land,
which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:
I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
23Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God,
which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
24For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire,
even a jealous God.
25When thou shalt beget
children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven
image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
26I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly
perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly
27And the LORD shall scatter
you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
28And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which
neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy
30When thou art in tribulation, and
all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto
31(For the LORD thy God is a merciful
God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
32For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day
that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such
thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
34Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation,
by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors,
according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside
36Out of heaven he made thee to hear
his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the
midst of the fire.
37And because he loved
thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
38To drive out nations from before thee greater
and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
39Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is
God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
40Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that
it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the
LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.
Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
42That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in
times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:
43Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of
the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth
out of Egypt.
46On this side Jordan, in the
valley over against Bethpeor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children
of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:
they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward
48From Aroer, which is by the
bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon,
all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.