THE FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
Moses exhorts Israel to keep commandments, to teach them to their children and to be exemplary before all nations—They are forbidden to make graven images or worship other gods—To witness that they had heard the voice of God—Israel shall be scattered among all nations when they worship other gods—They shall be gathered again in latter days when they seek the Lord their God—Moses extols mercy and goodness of God to Israel.
therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the astatutes
and unto the bjudgments
, which I teach you, for to do them,
that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord
God of your fathers giveth you.
Ye shall not aadd
unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought
from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord
your God which I command you.
Your eyes have seen what the Lord
-peor: for all the men that followed Baal-peor, the Lord
thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
But ye that did cleave unto the Lord your God are alive every one of you this day.
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Keep therefore and do them;
for this is
and your bunderstanding
in the sight of the cnations
, which shall hear all these dstatutes
, and say, Surely this great nation is
a wise and understanding people.
For what anation is there so
great, who hath
God so bnigh
unto them, as the Lord
our God is
in all things that
we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so
great, that hath astatutes
and judgments so
righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Only take aheed
to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou bforget
the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but cteach
them thy dsons
, and thy sons’ sons;
the day that thou stoodest before the Lord
thy God in aHoreb
, when the Lord
said unto me, bGather
me the people together, and I will make them chear
my words, that they may learn to dfear
me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that
they may teach their echildren
And ye came near and stood aunder
the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
And the Lord
spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the avoice
of the words, but saw no bsimilitude
; only ye heard
¶ And the Lord
commanded me at that time to ateach
you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
Lest ye acorrupt yourselves,
and make you a graven bimage
, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the astars
all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to bworship
them, and serve cthem
, which the Lord
thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
But the Lord
hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even
out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of ainheritance
, as ye are
Furthermore the Lord
with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the Lord
thy God giveth thee for
But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye aforget
of the Lord
your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or
the likeness of any thing,
which the Lord
thy God hath forbidden thee.
For the Lord
thy God is
a consuming afire
¶ When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves,
and make a graven image, or
the likeness of any thing,
and shall do aevil
in the sight of the Lord
thy God, to provoke him to banger
I call aheaven
and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over bJordan
to possess it; ye shall not prolong your
days upon it, but shall cutterly
And the Lord
you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number bamong
the heathen, whither the Lord
shall lead you.
And there ye shall serve agods
, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither bsee
, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
But if from thence thou shalt aseek
thy God, thou shalt bfind him,
if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
When thou art in atribulation
, and all these things are come upon thee, even
in the blatter
days, if thou cturn
to the Lord
thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
(For the Lord
thy God is
God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the bcovenant
of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Or hath God aassayed
to go and
take him a bnation
from the midst of another
nation, by ctemptations
, by signs, and by dwonders
, and by war, and by a emighty
hand, and by a fstretched
out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord
your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord
he is aGod
; there is bnone
else beside him.
Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might ainstruct
thee: and upon earth he bshewed
thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
And because he aloved
thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of bEgypt
out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art,
to bring thee in, to give thee their land for
, as it is
Know therefore this day, and consider it
in thine heart, that the Lord
he is aGod
in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is
Thou shalt akeep
therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest bprolong thy cdays
upon the dearth
, which the Lord
thy God giveth thee, for ever.
¶ Then Moses asevered
three cities on this side Jordan btoward
That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour aunawares
, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might blive
Bezer in the wilderness, ain
country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
¶ And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,
On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:
And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
From Aroer, which is
by the bank of the river aArnon
, even unto mount bSion
, which is cHermon
And all athe
plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto bthe
sea of the plain, cunder
the springs of Pisgah.