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Deuteronomy

The Great Commandment.  Dt.6.1-9

1"Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the ordinances which Yahweh your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it; 2that you may fear Yahweh your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them; that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4"Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God is one LORD; 5and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; 7and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Warnings.  Dt.6.10-25

10"And when Yahweh your God brings you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you, with great and goodly cities, which you did not build, 11and houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out, which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees, which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full, 12then take heed lest you forget Yahweh, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 13You shall fear Yahweh your God; you shall serve him, and swear by his name. 14You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples who are round about you; 15for Yahweh your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; lest the anger of Yahweh your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

16"You shall not put Yahweh your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. 17You shall diligently keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he has commanded you. 18And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of Yahweh, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land which Yahweh swore to give to your fathers 19by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as Yahweh has promised.

20"When your son asks you in time to come, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the ordinances which Yahweh our God has commanded you? 21then you shall say to your son, 'We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt; and Yahweh brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; 22and Yahweh showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes; 23and he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land which he swore to give to our fathers. 24And Yahweh commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear Yahweh our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as at this day. 25And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before Yahweh our God, as he has commanded us.'


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