Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy (Doo´tuh-ron´uh-mee; Gk., “second law”)

The fifth book of the Pentateuch. It presents a series of three discourses by Moses (Deut 1:6-4:40; Deut 5-28; Deut 29-30); with a concluding addendum (Deut 31-34), as the Hebrews prepare to enter the land of Canaan.

Outline of Contents

Deuteronomy

I. A call to obedience: history as basis for communal faith (Deut 1:1-4:43)

A. Introduction and setting (Deut 1:1-5)

B. Historical review (Deut 1:6-3:29)

C. Call for response (Deut 4:1-40)

D. Cities of refuge (Deut 4:41-43)

II. The Ten Words: foundational principles of community (Deut 4:44-5:33)

A. Introduction and setting (Deut 4:44-49)

B. The commandments at Sinai (Deut 5:1-33)

III. Memory and heritage: the shaping of community (Deut 6:1-11:32)

A. One God, one loyalty (Deut 6:1-9)

B. Remembering for the future (Deut 6:10-8:10)

C. Dangers of pride and arrogance (Deut 8:11-10:11)

D. First priorities (Deut 10:12-11:32)

IV. Torah: a community under God (Deut 12:1-26:19)

A. Communal worship: where and to whom (Deut 12:1-13:18)

B. Being a holy people (Deut 14:1-15:23)

C. Communal worship: when (Deut 16:1-17)

D. Issues of justice and worship (Deut 16:18-19:21)

E. Rules for holy war (Deut 20:1-20)

F. Obligations in community (Deut 21:1-25:19)

G. Communal worship: thankfulness (Deut 26:1-15)

H. Concluding exhortation (Deut 26:16-19)

V. Covenant making and keeping: the boundaries of community (Deut 27:1-34:12)

A. Covenant of obedience (Deut 27:1-30:20)

B. Words of encouragement (Deut 31:1-8)

C. Concerns for the future (Deut 31:9-29)

D. Song and Blessing of Moses (Deut 31:30-33:29)

E. Epilogue: Moses’s death (Deut 34:1-12)

Deut 1:6-4:40

6The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.7Resume your journey, and go into the hill country of the Amorites ... View more

Deut 5-28

The Ten Commandments
1Moses convened all Israel, and said to them:
Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances that I am addressing to you today; you shall lear ... View more

Deut 29-30

1 These are the words of the covenant that the Lord commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant that he had mad ... View more

Deut 31-34

Joshua Becomes Moses' Successor
1When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,2he said to them: “I am now one hundred twenty years old. I am n ... View more

Deut 1:1-4:43

Events at Horeb Recalled
1These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan—in the wilderness, on the plain opposite Suph, between Paran and ... View more

Deut 1:1-5

Events at Horeb Recalled
1These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan—in the wilderness, on the plain opposite Suph, between Paran and ... View more

Deut 1:6-3:29

6The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.7Resume your journey, and go into the hill country of the Amorites ... View more

Deut 4:1-40

Moses Commands Obedience
1So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy t ... View more

Deut 4:41-43

Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan
41Then Moses set apart on the east side of the Jordan three cities42to which a homicide could flee, someone who unintentiona ... View more

Deut 4:44-5:33

Transition to the Second Address
44This is the law that Moses set before the Israelites.45These are the decrees and the statutes and ordinances that Moses spoke ... View more

Deut 4:44-49

Transition to the Second Address
44This is the law that Moses set before the Israelites.45These are the decrees and the statutes and ordinances that Moses spoke ... View more

Deut 5:1-33

The Ten Commandments
1Moses convened all Israel, and said to them:
Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances that I am addressing to you today; you shall lear ... View more

Deut 6:1-11:32

The Great Commandment
1Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that yo ... View more

Deut 6:1-9

The Great Commandment
1Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that yo ... View more

Deut 6:10-8:10

Caution against Disobedience
10When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give ... View more

Deut 8:11-10:11

11Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today.12W ... View more

Deut 10:12-11:32

The Essence of the Law
12So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to ... View more

Deut 12:1-26:19

Pagan Shrines to Be Destroyed
1These are the statutes and ordinances that you must diligently observe in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has ... View more

Deut 12:1-13:18

Pagan Shrines to Be Destroyed
1These are the statutes and ordinances that you must diligently observe in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has ... View more

Deut 14:1-15:23

Pagan Practices Forbidden
1You are children of the Lord your God. You must not lacerate yourselves or shave your forelocks for the dead.2For you are a people ho ... View more

Deut 16:1-17

The Passover Reviewed
1Observe the month of Abib by keeping the passover for the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Eg ... View more

Deut 16:18-19:21

Municipal Judges and Officers
18You shall appoint judges and officials throughout your tribes, in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, and they ... View more

Deut 20:1-20

Rules of Warfare
1When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots, an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them; for t ... View more

Deut 21:1-25:19

Law concerning Murder by Persons Unknown
1If, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess, a body is found lying in open country, and it is not ... View more

Deut 26:1-15

First Fruits and Tithes
1When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in i ... View more

Deut 26:16-19

Concluding Exhortation
16This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your he ... View more

Deut 27:1-34:12

The Inscribed Stones and Altar on Mount Ebal
1Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged all the people as follows: Keep the entire commandment that I am comma ... View more

Deut 27:1-30:20

The Inscribed Stones and Altar on Mount Ebal
1Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged all the people as follows: Keep the entire commandment that I am comma ... View more

Deut 31:1-8

Joshua Becomes Moses' Successor
1When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel,2he said to them: “I am now one hundred twenty years old. I am n ... View more

Deut 31:9-29

The Law to Be Read Every Seventh Year
9Then Moses wrote down this law, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the ... View more

Deut 31:30-33:29

The Song of Moses
30Then Moses recited the words of this song, to the very end, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:Chapter 321Give ear, O heavens, a ... View more

Deut 34:1-12

Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab
1Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the ... View more

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