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 the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.3You have seen for yourselves what the Lord did with regard to the Baal of Peor—how the Lord your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor,4while those of you who held fast to the Lord your God are all alive today.5See, just as the Lord my God has charged me, I now teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to enter and occupy.6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!”7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him?8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children's children—10how you once stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, “Assemble the people for me, and I will let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me as long as they live on the earth, and may teach their children so”;11you approached and stood at the foot of the mountain while the mountain was blazing up to the very heavens, shrouded in dark clouds.12Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.13He declared to you his covenant, which he charged you to observe, that is, the ten commandments; and he wrote them on two stone tablets.14And the Lord charged me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy.15Since you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire, take care and watch yourselves closely,16so that you do not act corruptly by making an idol for yourselves, in the form of any figure—the likeness of male or female,17the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth.19And when you look up to the heavens and see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, do not be led astray and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples everywhere under heaven.20But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron-smelter, out of Egypt, to become a people of his very own possession, as you are now.21The Lord was angry with me because of you, and he vowed that I should not cross the Jordan and that I should not enter the good land that the Lord your God is giving for your possession.22For I am going to die in this land without crossing over the Jordan, but you are going to cross over to take possession of that good land.23So be careful not to forget the covenant that the Lord your God made with you, and not to make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you.24For the Lord your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.25When you have had children and children's children, and become complacent in the land, if you act corruptly by making an idol in the form of anything, thus doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, and provoking him to anger,26I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to occupy; you will not live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed.27The Lord will scatter you among the peoples; only a few of you will be left among the nations where the Lord will lead you.28There you will serve other gods made by human hands, objects of wood and stone that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.29From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.30In your distress, when all these things have happened to you in time to come, you will return to the Lord your God and heed him.31Because the Lord your God is a merciful God, he will neither abandon you nor destroy you; he will not forget the covenant with your ancestors that he swore to them.32For ask now about former ages, long before your own, ever since the day that God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of heaven to the other: has anything so great as this ever happened or has its like ever been heard of?33Has any people ever heard the voice of a god speaking out of a fire, as you have heard, and lived?34Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by terrifying displays of power, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?35To you it was shown so that you would acknowledge that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him.36From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, while you heard his words coming out of the fire.37And because he loved your ancestors, he chose their descendants after them. He brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power,38driving out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, giving you their land for a possession, as it is still today.39So acknowledge today and take to heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.40Keep his statutes and his commandments, which I am commanding you today for your own well-being and that of your descendants after you, so that you may long remain in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.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 unintentionally kills another person, the two not having been at enmity before; the homicide could flee to one of these cities and live:43Bezer in the wilderness on the tableland belonging to the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead belonging to the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan belonging to the Manassites.
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 to the Israelites when they had come out of Egypt,46beyond the Jordan in the valley opposite Beth-peor, in the land of King Sihon of the Amorites, who reigned at Heshbon, whom Moses and the Israelites defeated when they came out of Egypt.47They occupied his land and the land of King Og of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites on the eastern side of the Jordan:48from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Wadi Arnon, as far as Mount Sirion (that is, Hermon),49together with all the Arabah on the east side of the Jordan as far as the Sea of the Arabah, under the slopes of Pisgah.Chapter 5The 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 learn them and observe them diligently.2The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.3Not with our ancestors did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today.4The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the fire.5(At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to declare to you the words! of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:6I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;7you shall have no other gods before me.8You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.9You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me,10but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.11You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.12Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.13Six days you shall labor and do all your work.14But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.15Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.16Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.17You shall not murder.18Neither shall you commit adultery.19Neither shall you steal.20Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.21Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife.
Neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.Moses the Mediator of God's Will
22These words the Lord spoke with a loud voice to your whole assembly at the mountain, out of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, and he added no more. He wrote them on two stone tablets, and gave them to me.23When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you approached me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders;24and you said, “Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the fire. Today we have seen that God may speak to someone and the person may still live.25So now why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, we shall die.26For who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and remained alive?27Go near, you yourself, and hear all that the Lord our God will say. Then tell us everything that the Lord our God tells you, and we will listen and do it.”28The Lord heard your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me: “I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they are right in all that they have spoken.29If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever!30Go say to them, ‘Return to your tents.’31But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and the ordinances, that you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.”32You must therefore be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn to the right or to the left.33You must follow exactly the path that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.