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DASV: Deuteronomy 4
1 Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and regulations
that I am teaching you. Do them so that you may live
and go in and possess the land that the LORD, the God
of your fathers, is giving you.
2 Do not add to the word that I command you, and do not
subtract from it, so that you may keep the commandments
of the LORD your God that I am telling you.
3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baal-peor;
how the LORD your God destroyed from your midst everyone
who followed Baal of Peor.
4 But you who remained faithful to the LORD your God are
still alive today, everyone of you.
5 See, I have taught you statutes and regulations, even as
the LORD my God commanded me, so that you would obey them
in the land you are entering to possess.
6 Carefully observe them; for this is your wisdom and your
understanding in the sight of the peoples, who will hear
all these statutes, and say, "Surely this great nation
is a wise and understanding people."
7 For what other great nation is there that has a god so
near them, as the LORD our God is whenever we call on him?
8 What other great nation is there that has statutes and
regulations as righteous as this whole law, that I am
presenting to you this day?
9 Only pay careful attention and watch yourselves closely,
lest you forget the things your eyes have seen and they
slip from your heart all the days of your life.
Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.
10 Remember the day that you stood before the LORD your
God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, "Assemble the
people for me to have them hear my words, so that they
may learn to fear me all the days they live on the earth,
and they may teach their children."
11 You approached and stood at the foot of the mountain
while the mountain burned with fire to the high heaven,
shrouded in thick dark clouds.
12 Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard
the sound of words, but saw no form; only a voice was
13 He declared to you his covenant, which he ordered you
to keep, the ten commandments; and he wrote them on two
tables of stone.
14 At that time the LORD commanded me teach you statutes
and regulations, so that you might do them in the land
you are about to enter and possess.
15 Be very careful, for you did not see any form on the
day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire.
16 So do not corrupt yourselves by making a craved idol
in the form of any figure, that looks like a male or
17 or like any beast that is on the earth, any winged bird
that flies in the sky,
18 or anything that creeps on the ground, or any fish
that is in the water below ground level.
19 When you lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun,
moon and stars, all the host of heaven, do not be enticed
to worship and serve them. The LORD your God has given
them to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
20 But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the
iron-smelting furnace of Egypt, to be his special people,
his own inheritance, as you are today.
21 Furthermore the LORD was angry with me because of you,
and vowed that I should not go across the Jordan River
and that I should not enter that good land the LORD your
God is giving you for an inheritance.
22 Instead, I must die here in this land, I must not cross
over the Jordan River but you will cross over and
possess that good land.
23 So be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD
your God, that he made with you, and make a craved idol
in the form of anything that the LORD your God has
24 For the LORD your God is a devouring fire,
a jealous God.
25 When you have had children and grandchildren,
and you have been in the land a long time, if you
corrupt yourselves and make a carved idol in the form
of anything, and do what is evil in the sight of
the LORD your God, to provoke him to anger;
26 I call heaven and earth to witness against
you today, that you will quickly be removed from
the land you are crossing the Jordan River to possess.
You will not live there long but will be utterly
27 The LORD will scatter you among the peoples,
and you will be left few in number among the nations,
where the LORD will exile you.
28 There you will serve gods of wood and stone made
by human hands that neither see, hear, eat or smell.
29 But if from there you will seek the LORD your God,
you will find him, when you search for him with
all your heart and all your soul.
30 When you are in distress and all these things
happen to you in the latter days, you will return
to the LORD your God, and listen to his voice.
31 For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will
not abandon or destroy you, or forget the covenant
which he promised your fathers.
32 Ask now of the days gone by, long before you,
from the time God created human beings on the
earth; ask from the one end of heaven to the
other whether there has ever been anything as
great as this, or has anything like it ever
been heard of?
33 Has any people ever heard the voice of God speaking
out of a fire, as you have, and lived?
34 Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a
nation from the midst of another nation, by trials,
signs, wonders, war, a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,
and terrifying acts, the way the LORD your God did
for you in Egypt right before your eyes?
35 To you it was shown, so that you might know that
the LORD is God; there is no other besides him.
36 From heaven he let you hear his voice, so that he
might instruct you. On earth he let you see his
great fire; and you heard his words coming out
of the fire.
37 Because he loved your forefathers, he chose
their descendants after them, and brought you out
of Egypt with his presence by his great power
38 to drive out nations before you greater and
stronger than you are, to bring you in, to give
you their land for an inheritance, as it is today.
39 So today acknowledge and take it to heart,
that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the
earth beneath. There is no other.
40 Keep his statutes and his commandments, which
I command you today so that it may go well with
you, and your children after you, and so that you
may prolong your days in the land the LORD your
God is giving you forever.'
41 Then Moses set apart three cities on the east side
of the Jordan River
42 so that anyone who accidentally kills someone without
malice and aforethought could flee to one of these
cities and live.
43 These cities were: Bezer in the wilderness plateau
for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the
Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.
44 This is the law that Moses set before the Israelites.
45 These are the laws, statutes and regulations that
Moses spoke to the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, 46 beyond the Jordan River, in the valley near Beth-peor,
in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at
Heshbon, whom Moses and the Israelites defeated when
they came out of Egypt.
47 They took possession of his land, and the land of
Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites,
who were east of the Jordan River.
48 They took from Aroer, which is on the edge of the
Arnon gorge, even to Mount Sirion also called Hermon,
49 along with all the Arabah east of the Jordan River,
even to the sea of the Arabah, below the slopes
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