4 1 "And now, O Israel, give heed to the statutes and the ordinances which I teach you, and do them; that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, gives you. 4 2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it; that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your God which I command you. 4 3 Your eyes have seen what Yahweh did at Baal-peor; for Yahweh your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor; 4 4 but you who held fast to Yahweh your God are all alive this day. 4 5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, as Yahweh my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land which you are entering to take possession of it. 4 6 Keep them and do them; for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 4 7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as Yahweh our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? 4 8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law which I set before you this day?
4 9 "Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children's children - 4 10 how on the day that you stood before Yahweh your God at Horeb, Yahweh said to me, 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children so.' 4 11 And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom. 4 12 Then Yahweh spoke to you out of the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice. 4 13 And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. 4 14 And Yahweh commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that you might do them in the land which you are going over to possess.