Deuteronomy 4

VIN(i) 1 And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them, that you may live and go in and possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you. 2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, to keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. 3 "You saw with your own eyes what he did in Baal Peor. The LORD your God exterminated from among you every man who followed Baal of Peor. 4 "But all of you who were faithful to the LORD your God are still alive today. 5 »I have taught you laws and rules as the LORD my God commanded me. You must obey them when you enter the land and take possession of it. 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of people who'll listen to all these decrees. Then they'll say: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people.' 7 For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them, as the LORD our God is whenever we call on him? 8 And what other great nation has for it just rules and regulations just like this whole law that I am setting before you today? 9 Only guard yourselves carefully so you won't forget the things that you saw and let them slip from your mind for the rest of your life. Tell them to your children and to your grandchildren. 10 Remember the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me Assemble me the people and I will make them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live on the land and that they may teach their children. 11 And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. 12 the LORD your God spoke from the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but you saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 And he declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he charged you to observe, and he wrote them on the two tablets of stone. 14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you the statutes and rights that ye might do them in the land which ye are about to enter to possess. 15 Be very careful, for you saw no kind of form on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the middle of the fire, 16 that you not deal corruptly, and make for yourselves a graven image, a likeness of any figure, the form of a male or female, 17 any animal on earth, any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18 any creeping thing on the ground, or any fish in the sea. 19 and lest having looked up to the sky, and having seen the sun and the moon and the stars, and all the heavenly bodies, you should go astray and worship them, and serve them, which the Lord your God has distributed to all the nations under heaven. 20 For 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 are today. 21 "And the LORD was angry with me because of you, and he swore that I would not cross the Jordan and that I would not go to the good land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22 "I am going to die in this land. I will not cross the Jordan River. But you are going to go across and take possession of that good land. 23 Be careful, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. 24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. 25 "When you have had children and grandchildren and you have grown old in the land and you act corruptly and you make a divine image of the form of anything and you do evil in the eyes of the LORD your God, thus provoking him to anger, 26 I call Heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you shall soon utterly perish from off the land which you are crossing over Jordan to possess. You shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 27 The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where the LORD will drive you. 28 There you will serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 "When you are in trouble (distress) and all these things happen to you in the latter days, turn to the LORD your God and obey his voice. 31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not fail you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them. 32 For ask now to the former days which were before thee from the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the end of the heavens to the end of the heavens, Has there been as this great word, or was heard like it? 33 that a nation hath heard the voice of God speaking out of fire as thou hast heard, and yet lived? 34 Or has a god ever attempted to go to take for himself a nation from the midst of a nation, using trials and signs and wonders and war, with an outstretched arm and with great and awesome deeds, like all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 It was shown to you so that you might know that the LORD is God, and no one else beside Him. 36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to teach you, and on the earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from the midst of the fire. 37 And because he loved your ancestors he chose their descendants after them. And he brought you forth from Egypt with his own presence, by his great strength, 38 Driving out before you nations greater and stronger than you, to take you into their land and give it to you for your heritage, as at this day. 39 "May you acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in the heavens above and over the earth below there is no other God. 40 You shall keep his statutes and his commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God gives you for all time. 41 Moses set aside three cities on the east side of the Jordan. 42 Those who unintentionally killed someone whom they had never hated could flee to one of these cities and save their lives. 43 Bezer in the desert plain for the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites. 44 Now this is the law that Moses set before the Israelites; 45 These are the instructions, decrees, and ordinances that Moses declared to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. 46 beyond the Jordan in the valley opposite Beth Peor in the land of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who was reigning in Heshbon and whom Moses and the Israelites defeated when they came out of Egypt. 47 So they took possession of his land, as well as the land of Og king of Bashan. Both Amorite kings lived east of the Jordan 48 This land extended from the town of Aroer, on the edge of the Arnon River, north to Mount Sirion, that is, Mount Hermon. 49 and all the Arabah east of the Jordan as far as the Dead Sea below the slopes of Pisgah.