Thursday, October 31, 2019

Deuteronomy 5 - The Ten Commandments

Deuteronomy 5:1-33 NIV

The Ten Commandments

1Moses summoned all Israel and said:

Hear, Israel, the Decrees and Laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2The LORD our GOD Made a Covenant with us at Horeb. 3It was not with our ancestors that The LORD Made this Covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4The LORD Spoke To you Face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5(At that time I stood between The LORD and you to declare to you The WORD of The LORD, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.)

And HE Said:

6“I AM The LORD your GOD, WHO 

Brought you out of Egypt, out of the 

land of slavery.

7“You shall have no other gods before ME.

8“You shall not make for yourself an image 

in the form of anything in heaven above 

or on the earth beneath or in the waters 


9You shall not bow down to them or worship them; 

For I, The LORD your GOD, AM A Jealous GOD, 

Punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the 

third and fourth generation of those who hate ME, 

10But Showing Love to a thousand generations of 

those who love ME and keep MY Commandments.

11“You shall not misuse The Name of The LORD your 

GOD, For The LORD WILL Not Hold anyone guiltless 

who misuses HIS Name.

12“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, As The LORD your GOD Has Commanded you. 

13Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14but the seventh day is a Sabbath to The LORD your GOD. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 

15Remember that you were slaves in 

Egypt and that The LORD your GOD Brought 

you out of there with A Mighty Hand and 

An Outstretched Arm. 

Therefore The LORD your GOD Has 

Commanded you to observe the 


16“Honor your father and your mother, As The LORD your GOD Has Commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land The LORD your GOD Is Giving you.

17“You shall not murder.

18“You shall not commit adultery.

19“You shall not steal.

20“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

21“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not 

set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his 

male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything 

that belongs to your neighbor.”

22These are the commandments The LORD Proclaimed in a Loud Voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and HE Added Nothing More. 

Then HE Wrote them on two stone tablets and Gave them to me.

23When you heard the Voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders came to me. 24And you said, “The LORD our GOD Has Shown us His Glory and His Majesty, and we have heard His Voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live Even If GOD Speaks with them. 25But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear The Voice of The LORD our GOD any longer. 26For what mortal has ever heard The Voice of The LIVING GOD Speaking Out of fire, as we have, and survived? 27Go near and listen to all that The LORD our GOD Says. Then tell us Whatever The LORD our GOD Tells you. We will listen and obey.”

28The LORD Heard you when you spoke to me, and The LORD Said To me, 

“I Have Heard what this people said to you. Everything 

they said was good. 

29Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear ME and keep all MY Commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

30“Go, tell them to return to their tents. 31But you stay here with ME so that I May Give you all the Commands, Decrees and Laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I AM Giving them to possess.”

32So be careful to do What The LORD your GOD Has Commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33Walk in obedience to all that The LORD your GOD Has Commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 4 - JEHOVAH HE IS GOD; Besides HIM There Is No Other

Deuteronomy 4:1-49 NIV

Obedience Commanded

1 Now, Israel, hear the Decrees and Laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land The LORD, The GOD of your ancestors, Is Giving you. 2Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the Commands of The LORD your GOD that I give you.

3You saw with your own eyes what The LORD Did at Baal Peor. The LORD your GOD Destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, 4but all of you who held fast To The LORD your GOD are still alive today.

5See, I have taught you Decrees and Laws As The LORD my GOD Commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 7What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way The LORD our GOD Is Near us whenever we pray to HIM? 8And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous Decrees and Laws as this body of Laws I am setting before you today?

9Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10Remember the day you stood Before The LORD your GOD at Horeb, 

When HE Said To me,

“Assemble the people Before ME to hear MY WORDS so 

that they may learn to revere ME as long as they live 

in the land and may teach them to their children.” 

11You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12Then The LORD Spoke To you out of the fire. You heard the Sound of WORDS but saw no form; there was only a Voice. 13HE Declared To you His Covenant, The Ten Commandments, Which HE Commanded you to follow and then Wrote them on two stone tablets. 14And The LORD Directed me at that time to teach you the Decrees and Laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.

Idolatry Forbidden

15You saw no form of any kind the day The LORD Spoke To you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 

17or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, 18or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. 

19And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things The LORD your GOD Has Apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20But as for you, The LORD Took you and Brought you Out of the iron-smelting furnace, Out of Egypt, to be the people of His Inheritance, as you now are.

21The LORD Was Angry With me because of you, and HE Solemnly Swore that I would not cross the Jordan and enter the good land The LORD your GOD Is Giving you as your inheritance. 22I will die in this land; I will not cross the Jordan; but you are about to cross over and take possession of that good land. 23Be careful not to forget the Covenant of The LORD your GOD That HE Made With you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything The LORD your GOD Has Forbidden.

24 For The LORD your GOD Is A 

Consuming Fire, A Jealous GOD.

25After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time—if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in The Eyes of The LORD your GOD and arousing His Anger, 26I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed. 27The LORD WILL Scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which The LORD WILL Drive you. 28There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. 

29But if from there you seek The LORD your GOD, you will find HIM if you seek HIM with all your heart and with all your soul. 30When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return To The LORD your GOD and obey HIM. 31For The LORD your GOD Is a Merciful GOD; HE WILL Not Abandon or Destroy you or Forget the Covenant with your ancestors, Which HE Confirmed to them by Oath.


32Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day GOD Created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33Has any other people heard the Voice of GODa Speaking Out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the Things The LORD your GOD Did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?

35You were shown these things so that you might know that The LORD Is GOD; besides HIM there is no other. 

36From heaven HE Made you hear His Voice To Discipline you. On earth HE Showed you His Great Fire, and you heard His WORDS from out of the fire. 37Because HE Loved your ancestors and Chose their descendants after them, HE Brought you out of Egypt by His Presence and His Great Strength, 38To Drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and To Bring you into their land To Give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today.

39Acknowledge and take to heart this day that The LORD Is GOD in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. 40Keep His Decrees and Commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land The LORD your GOD Gives you for all time.

Cities of Refuge

41Then Moses set aside three cities east of the Jordan, 42to which anyone who had killed a person could flee if they had unintentionally killed a neighbor without malice aforethought. They could flee into one of these cities and save their life. 43The cities were these: Bezer in the wilderness plateau, for the Reubenites; Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites.

Introduction to the Law

44This is the Law Moses set before the Israelites. 45These are the stipulations, decrees and laws Moses gave them when they came out of Egypt 46and were in the valley near Beth Peor east of the Jordan, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon and was defeated by Moses and the Israelites as they came out of Egypt. 47They took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan. 48This land extended from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge to Mount Sirion (that is, Hermon), 49and included all the Arabah east of the Jordan, as far as the Dead Sea, below the slopes of Pisgah.