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Deuteronomy 6:1-25

6  “And this is the commandment, the usages and the laws, that your God Jehovah gave the command to teach you to abide by in the country you are going over into to take possession of it, 2  so that you may fear your God Jehovah, keeping all his usages and commandments which I am enjoining upon you, you and your son and you grandson, all your lifetime, and so that your time may be long. 3*  So listen, Israel, and take care to do accordingly, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, as your fathers’ God Jehovah promised you—a country that runs milk and honey. 4  “Listen, Israel: our God is Jehovah; Jehovah is one; 5  and you are to love your God Jehovah with all your heart and all your soul and all your being. 6  And you are to take to heart these words which I am enjoining upon you today, 7  and inculcate them on your children, and talk of them when you are sitting in your house and when you as walking on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up, 8  and you are to tie them as a token on your arm an have them as amulets between your eyes, 9  and write them on the jambs of your house doors and on your gates. 10  “And when your God Jehovah brings you into the country he swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you, great fine cities that you did not build, 11  and houses full of all sorts of good things that you did not fill, and rock-hewn cisterns that you did hew out, vineyards and olive-trees that you did not plant, and you have eaten your fill, 12  beware of forgetting Jehovah who brought you out of Egypt, out of the slave-quarters; 13  your God Jehovah you shall fear, and him you shall worship, and by his name you shall swear. 14  You shall not follow other gods, gods of the peoples around you, 15  because you have among you a jealous deity, your God Jehovah; lest your God Jehovah should be angry with you and extirpate you off the face of the earth. 16  “You shall not put your God Jehovah on trial, as you did at Massah. 17  You shall keep your God Jehovah’s commandments and lessons and usages which he has enjoined upon you, 18  and do what Jehovah approves and likes, so that it may be well with you and that you may go in and take possession of the good country as to which Jehovah swore to your fathers 19  he would push all your enemies out of your way, as Jehovah promised. 20*  “And when your son asks you tomorrow ‘What is it about the lessons and usages and laws that our God Jehovah enjoined upon you?’ 21  you shall say to your son ‘We had been slaves to the Pharaoh in Egypt, and Jehovah had brought us out of Egypt with strong hand, 22*  and Jehovah had dealt out tokens and great and baleful miracles in Egypt upon the Pharaoh and all his household before our eyes, 23*  and had brought us out from there in order to bring us in here, giving us the country he swore to our fathers; 24*  and Jehovah commanded us to abide by all these usages, fearing our God Jehovah, that he might be good to us evermore and keep us alive as at this day; 25  and it will be the right thing on our part when we take care to abide by all these commandments before our God Jehovah as he ordered us.’


6:3 Conj. you, on the soil that your God Jehovah is giving you, a country
6:20 Lit. What are the lessons
6:22 Or upon Egypt, upon the Pharaoh, and upon all
6:23 Lit. bring us in, giving
6:24 Conj.* that it might be well with us evermore and that we might live as at