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Deuteronomy

1 These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah over against the Red Sea, between Par-an, and To-phel, and Laban, and Ha-ze-roth, and Di-za-hab. 2It is eleven daysí journey from Hor-eb by the way of mount Se-ir unto Ka-desh-bar-ne-a. 3And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, according unto all that Jehovah had given him in commandment unto them; 4after he had struck Si-hon the king of the Am-or-ites, who dwelt in Hesh-bon, and Og the king of Ba-shan, who dwelt in Ash-ta-roth, at Ed-re-i. 5Beyond the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses began to declare this law, saying, 6Jehovah our God spoke unto us in Hor-eb, saying, you have dwelt long enough in this mountain: 7turn yourselves, and take your journey, and go to the hill-country of the Am-or-ites, and unto all the places near unto there, in the Arabah, in the hill-country, and in the lowland, and in the South, and by the sea-shore, the land of the Canaanites, and Leb-a-non, as far as the great river, the river Eu-phre-tes. 8Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which Jehovah sware unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

9And I spoke unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 10Jehovah your God has multiplied you, and, behold, you are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. 11Jehovah, the God of your fathers, made you a thousand times as many as you are, and bless you, as he has promised you! 12How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 13Take yourselves men, wise and understanding, and known, according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you. 14And you answered me, and said, The thing which you have spoken is good for us to do. 15So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens, and officers, according to your tribes. 16And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the sojourner that is with him. 17you shall not respect persons in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike; you shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is Godís: and the cause that is too hard for you, you shall bring unto me and I will hear it. 18And I commanded you at that time all the things which you should do.

19And we journeyed from Hor-eb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw, by the way to the hill-country of the Am-or-ites, as Jehovah our God commanded us; and we came to Ka-desh-bar-ne-a. 20And I said unto you, you are come unto the hill-country of the Am-or-ites, which Jehovah our God gives unto us. 21Behold, Jehovah your God has set the land before you: go up, take possession, as Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has spoken unto you; fear not, neither be dismayed. 22And you came near unto me every one of you, and said, Let us send men before us, that they may search the land for us, and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up, and the cities unto which we shall come. 23And the thing pleased me well; and I took twelve men of you, one man for every tribe: 24and they turned and went up into the hill-country, and came unto the valley of Esh-col, and spied it out. 25And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which Jehovah our God gives unto us. 26Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of Jehovah your God: 27and you murmured in your tents, and said, Because Jehovah hated us, he has brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Am-or-ites, to destroy us. 28Where are we going up? Our brethren have made our heart to melt, saying, The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. 29Then I said unto you, Do not dread, neither be afraid of them. 30Jehovah your God who goes before you, he will fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31and in the wilderness, where you have seen how that Jehovah your God bares you, as a man does bear his son, in all the ways that you went, until you came unto this place. 32Yet in this thing you did not believe Jehovah your God, 33who went before you in the way, to seek out a place for you to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to show you by what way you should go, and in the cloud by day. 34And Jehovah heard the voice of your words, and was angry, and swore, saying, 35Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see the good land, which I swore to give unto your fathers, 36save Caleb the son of Je-phun-neh: he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he has trodden upon, and to his children, because he has wholly followed Jehovah. 37Also Jehovah was angry with me for your sakes, saying, you also shall not go in there: 38Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there: and you encourage him; for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. 39Moreover your little ones, that you said should be a prey, and your children, that this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in there, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. 40But as for you, turn yourself, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea. 41Then you answered and said unto me, We have sinned against Jehovah, we will go up and fight, according to all that Jehovah our God commanded us. And you girded on every man his weapons of war, and were forward to go up into the hill-country. 42And Jehovah said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; unless you be struck before your enemies. 43So I spoke unto you, and you listened not; but you rebelled against the commandment of Jehovah, and were presumptuous, and went up into the hill-country. 44And the Am-or-ites, that dwelt in that hill-country, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and beat you down in Se-ir, even unto Hor-mah. 45And you returned and wept before Jehovah; but Jehovah listened not to your voice, nor gave ear unto you. 46So you abode in Ka-desh many days, according unto the days that you abode there.

 

2 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea, as Jehovah spoke unto me; and we compassed mount Se-ir many days. 2And Jehovah spoke unto me, saying, 3you have compassed this mountain long enough: turn yourselves northward. 4And command the people, saying, you are to pass through the border of your brethren the children of Esau, that dwell in Se-ir; and they will be afraid of you: but you take good heed unto yourselves therefore; 5contend not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on; because I have given mount Se-ir unto Esau for a possession. 6You shall purchase food from them for money, that you may eat; and you shall also buy water from them for money, that you may drink. 7For Jehovah your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand; he has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years Jehovah your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.

8So we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, that dwell in Se-ir, from the way of the Arabah from E-lath and from E-zion-geber. And we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab. 9And Jehovah said unto me, Vex not Moab, neither contend with them in battle; for I will not give you of his land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession. 10(The E-mim dwelt therein aforetime, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims: 11these also are accounted Reph-a-im, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them E-mim. 12The Hor-ites also dwelt in Se-ir aforetime, but the children of Esau succeeded them; and they destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which Jehovah gave unto them.) 13Now rise up, and get you over the brook Zar-ed. And we went over the brook Zar-ed. 14And the days in which we came from Ka-desh-bar-ne-a, until we were come over the brook Zar-ed, were thirty-eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were consumed from the midst of the camp, as Jehovah swore unto them. 15Moreover the hand of Jehovah was against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp, until they were consumed. 16So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, 17that Jehovah spoke unto me, saying, 18you are this day to pass over Ar, the border of Moab: 19and when you come near over against the children of Ammon, vex them not, nor contend with them; for I will not give you of the land of the children of Ammon for a possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. 20(That also is accounted a land of Reph-a-im: Reph-a-im dwelt therein aforetime; but the Ammonites call them Zam-zum-mims, 21a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but Jehovah destroyed them from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead; 22as he did for the children of Esau, that dwell in Se-ir, when he destroyed the Hor-ites from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day: 23and the A-vites, that dwelt in villages as far as Ga-za, the Caph-to-rim, that came forth out of Caph-tor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)

24Rise yourselves up, take your journey, and pass over the valley of the Ar-non: behold, I have given into your hand Si-hon the Amorite, king of Hesh-bon, and his land; begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. 25This day will I begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you upon the peoples that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of you. 26And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Ke-de-moth unto Si-hon king of Hesh-bon with words of peace, saying, 27Let me pass through your land: I will go along by the highway, I will turn neither unto the right hand nor to the left. 28you shall sell me food for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only let me pass through on my feet, 29as the children of Esau that dwell in Se-ir, and the Moabites that dwell in Ar, did unto me; until I shall pass over the Jordan into the land which Jehovah our God gives us. 30But Si-hon king of Hesh-bon would not let us pass by him; for Jehovah your God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into your hand, as at this day. 31And Jehovah said unto me, Behold, I have begun to deliver up Si-hon and his land before you: begin to possess, that you may inherit his land. 32Then Si-hon came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Ja-haz. 33And Jehovah our God delivered him up before us; and we struck him, and his sons, and all his people. 34And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed every inhabited city, with the women and the little ones; we left none remaining: 35only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, with the spoil of the cities which we had taken. 36From A-ro-er, which is on the edge of the valley of the Ar-non, and from the city that is in the valley, even unto Gil-e-ad, there was not a city too high for us; Jehovah our God delivered up all before us: 37only to the land of the children of Ammon you came not near; all the side of the river Jab-bok, and the cities of the hill-country, and wheresoever Jehovah our God had forbidden us.

 

3 Then we turned, and went up the way to Ba-shan: and Og the king of Ba-shan came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Ed-re-i. 2And Jehovah said unto me, Fear him not; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land, into your hand; and you shall do unto him as you did unto Si-hon king of the Am-or-ites, who dwelt at Hesh-bon. 3So Jehovah our God delivered into our hand Og also, the king of Ba-shan, and all his people: and we struck him until none was left remaining to him. 4And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them; sixty cities, all the region of Ar-gob, the kingdom of Og in Ba-shan. 5All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars; besides a great many unwalled towns. 6And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Si-hon king of Hesh-bon, utterly destroying every inhabited city, with the women and the little ones. 7But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey unto ourselves. 8And we took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Am-or-ites that were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of the Ar-non unto mount Her-mon; 9(which Her-mon the Si-do-ni-ans call Si-ri-on, and the Am-or-ites call it She-nir;) 10all the cities of the plain, and all Gil-e-ad, and all Ba-shan, unto Sal-chah and Ed-re-i, cities of the kingdom of Og in Ba-shan. 11(For only Og king of Ba-shan remained of the remnant of the Reph-a-ims; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rab-bah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.)

12And this land we took in possession at that time: from A-ro-er, which is by the valley of the Ar-non, and half the hill-country of Gil-e-ad, and the cities thereof, I gave unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites: 13and the rest of Gil-e-ad, and all Ba-shan, the kingdom of Og, I gave unto the half-tribe of Ma-nas-seh; all the region of Ar-gob, even all Ba-shan. (The same is called the land of Reph-a-im. 14Ja-ir the son of Ma-nas-seh took all the region of Ar-gob, unto the border of the Ge-shu-rites and the Ma-ach-a-thites, and called them, even after his own name, Ba-shan-Ha-voth-ja-ir, unto this day.) 15And I gave Gil-e-ad unto Ma-chir. 16And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gil-e-ad even unto the valley of the Ar-non, the middle of the valley, and the border thereof, even unto the river Jab-bok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 17the Arabah also, and the Jordan and the border thereof, from Chin-ne-reth even unto the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pis-gah eastward. 18And I commanded you at that time, saying, Jehovah your God has given you this land to possess it: you shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all the men of valor. 19But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (I know that you have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you, 20until Jehovah give rest unto your brethren, as unto you, and they also possess the land which Jehovah your God gives them beyond the Jordan: then shall you return every man unto his possession, which I have given you.

21And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, your eyes have seen all that Jehovah your God has done unto these two kings: so shall Jehovah do unto all the kingdoms where you go over. 22you shall not fear them; for Jehovah your God, it is he that fights for you. 23And I besought Jehovah at that time, saying, 24O Lord Jehovah, you have begun to show your servant your greatness, and your strong hand: for what god is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to your works, and according to your mighty acts? 25Let me go over, I pray you, and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Leb-a-non. 26But Jehovah was angry with me for your sakes, and listened not unto me; and Jehovah said to me, Let it suffice you; speak no more unto me of this matter. 27Get yourself up unto the top of Pis-gah, and lift up your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold with your eyes: for you shall not go over this Jordan. 28But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you shall see. 29So we abode in the valley over against Beth-pe-or.

 

4 And now, O Israel, listen unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that you may live, and go in and possess the land which Jehovah, the God of your fathers, gives you. 2You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of Jehovah your God which I command you. 3Your eyes have seen what Jehovah did because of Ba-al-pe-or; for all the men that followed Ba-al-pe-or, Jehovah your God has destroyed them from the midst of you. 4But you that did cleave unto Jehovah your God are alive every one of you this day. 5Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as Jehovah my God commanded me, that you should do so in the midst of the land where you go in to possess it. 6Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7For what great nation is there, that has a god so near unto them, as Jehovah our God is whensoever we call upon him? 8And what great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 9Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, unless you forget the things which your eyes saw, and unless they depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known unto your children and your childrenís children; 10the day that you stood before Jehovah your God in Hor-eb, when Jehovah said unto me, Assemble the people to me, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. 11And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 12And Jehovah spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of words, but you saw no form; only you heard a voice. 13And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even the ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. 14And Jehovah commanded me at that time to teach you these statutes and ordinances, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it. 15Take therefore good heed unto yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that Jehovah spoke unto you in Hor-eb out of the midst of the fire. 16Lest you corrupt yourselves, and you make a graven image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the heavens, 18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 19and unless you lift up your eyes unto heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which Jehovah your God has allotted unto all the peoples under the whole heaven. 20But Jehovah has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as at this day. 21Furthermore Jehovah was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance: 22but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but you shall go over, and possess that good land.        *** 23Take heed unto yourselves, unless you forget the covenant of Jehovah your God, which he made with you, and you make a graven image in the form of anything which Jehovah your God has forbidden you. 24For Jehovah your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God. 25When you shall beget children, and childrenís children, and you shall have been long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image in the form of anything, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah your God, to provoke him to anger; 26I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto you go over the Jordan to possess it; you shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall be utterly destroyed. 27And Jehovah will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where Jehovah shall lead you away. 28And there you shall serve gods, the work of menís hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29But from there you shall seek Jehovah your God, and you shall find him, when you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come upon you, in the latter days you shall return to Jehovah your God, and listen unto his voice: 31for Jehovah your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he sware unto them. 32For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there has been any such thing as this great thing is, or has been heard like it? 33Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 34Or has God appraised to go and take to himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that Jehovah your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35Unto you it was showed, that you might know that Jehovah, he is God; there is none other besides him. 36Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct you: and upon earth he made you to see his great fire; and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 37And because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought you out with his presence, with his great power, out of Egypt; 38to drive out nations from before you greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as at this day. 39Know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that Jehovah, he is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none other. 40And you shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Jehovah your God gives you, for ever.

41Then Moses set apart three cities beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 42that the manslayer might flee there, that slays his neighbor unwittingly, and hated him not in time past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live: 43namely, Be-zer in the wilderness, in the plain country, for the Reubenites; and Ra-moth in Gil-e-ad, for the Gadites; and Go-lan in Ba-shan, for the Man-nas-sites. 44And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel: 45these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, when they came forth out of Egypt, 46beyond the Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-pe-or, in the land of Si-hon king of the Am-or-ites, who dwelt at Hesh-bon, whom Moses and the children of Israel struck, when they came forth out of Egypt. 47And they took his land in possession, and the land of Og king of Ba-shan, the two kings of the Am-or-ites, who were beyond the Jordan toward the sunrising; 48from A-ro-er, which is on the edge of the valley of the Ar-non, even unto mount Sion (the same is Her-mon), 49and all the Arabah beyond the Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the Arabah, under the slopes of Pis-gah.

 

5 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that you may learn them, and observe to do them. 2Jehovah our God made a covenant with us in Hor-eb. 3Jehovah made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 4Jehovah spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5(I stood between Jehovah and you at that time, to show you the word of Jehovah: for you were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,

6I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 7you shall have no other gods before me. 8you shall not make unto yourselves any graven image, nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 9you shall not bow down yourself unto them, nor serve them; for I, Jehovah, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me; 10and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. 11you shall not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain: for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain. 12Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Jehovah your God commanded you. 13Six days shall you labor, and do all your work; 14but the seventh day is a Sabbath unto Jehovah your God: in it, you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your man-servant and your maid-servant may rest as well as you. 15And you shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm: therefore Jehovah your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. 16Honor your father and your mother, as Jehovah your God commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you, in the land which Jehovah your God gives you. 17you shall not kill. 18Neither shall you commit adultery. 19Neither shall you steal. 20Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor. 21Neither shall you covet your neighborís wife; neither shall you desire your neighborís house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighborís. 22These words Jehovah spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me.

23And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 24and you said, Behold, Jehovah our God has showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God does speak with man, and he lives. 25Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of Jehovah our God any more, then we shall die. 26For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 27You go near, and hear all that Jehovah our God shall say: and then you speak unto us all that Jehovah our God shall speak unto you; and we will hear it, and do it. 28And Jehovah heard the voice of your words, when you spoke unto me; and Jehovah said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto you: they have well said all that they have spoken. 29Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! 30Go say to them, Return yourselves to your tents. 31But as for you, stand here by me, and I will speak unto you all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it. 32You shall observe to do therefore as Jehovah your God has commanded you: you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33You shall walk in all the ways which Jehovah your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

 

6 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which Jehovah your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it; 2that you might fear Jehovah your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your sonís son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has promised unto you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah: 5and you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6And these words, which I command you this day, shall be upon your heart; 7and you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lay down, and when you rise up. 8And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 9And you shall write them upon the door-posts of your house, and upon your gates. 10And it shall be, when Jehovah your God shall bring you into the land which he sware unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give unto you, great and goodly cities, which you build not, 11and houses full of all good things, which you filled not, and cisterns hewn out, which you hewed not, vineyards and olive-trees, which you planted not, and you shall eat and be full; 12then beware unless you forget Jehovah, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 13You shall fear Jehovah your God; and him shall you serve, and shall swear by his name. 14You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples that are round about you; 15for Jehovah your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; unless the anger of Jehovah your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. 16You shall not tempt Jehovah your God, as you tempted him in Mas-sah.

17You shall diligently keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he has commanded you. 18And you shall do that which is right and good in the sight of Jehovah; that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which Jehovah swore unto your fathers, 19to thrust out all your enemies from before you, as Jehovah has spoken. 20When your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is the meaning of the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Jehovah our God has commanded you? 21Then you shall say unto your son, We were Pharaohís bondmen in Egypt: and Jehovah brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; 22and Jehovah showed signs and wonders, great and greatly, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his house, before our eyes; 23and he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore unto our fathers. 24And Jehovah commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear Jehovah our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as at this day. 25And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Jehovah our God, as he has commanded us.

 

7 When Jehovah your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before you, the Hittite, and the Gir-gash-ite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Pe-riz-zite, and the Hi-vite, and the Jeb-u-site, seven nations greater and mightier than you; 2and when Jehovah your God shall deliver them up before you, and you shall strike them; then you shall utterly destroy them: you shall make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them; 3neither shall you make marriages with them; your daughter you shall not give unto his son, nor his daughter shall you take unto your son. 4For he will turn away your son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of Jehovah be kindled against you, and he will destroy you quickly. 5But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their images, and burn their graven images with fire. 6For you are a holy people unto Jehovah your God: Jehovah your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples that are upon the face of the earth. 7Jehovah did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples: 8but because Jehovah loves you, and because he would keep the oath which he swore unto your fathers, has Jehovah brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that Jehovah your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations, 10and repays them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hates him, he will repay him to his face. 11You shall therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command you this day, to do them.

12And it shall come to pass, because you listen to these ordinances, and keep and do them, that Jehovah your God will keep the covenant with you and the lovingkindness which he swore unto your fathers: 13and he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore unto your fathers to give you. *** 14You shall be blessed above all peoples: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15And Jehovah will take away from you all sickness; and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, will he put upon you, but will lay them upon all them that hate you. 16And you shall consume all the peoples that Jehovah your God shall deliver unto you; your eye shall not pity them: neither shall you serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto you. 17If you shall say in your heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? 18You shall not be afraid of them: you shall well remember what Jehovah your God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; 19the great trials which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, whereby Jehovah your God brought you out: so shall Jehovah your God do unto all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 20Moreover Jehovah your God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves, perish from before you. 21You shall not be frightened at them; for Jehovah your God is in the midst of you, a great and a terrible God. 22And Jehovah your God will cast out those nations before you by little and little: you may not consume them at once, unless the beasts of the field increase upon you. 23But Jehovah your God will deliver them up before you, and will confound them with a great vexation, until they be destroyed. 24And he will deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name to perish from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them. 25The graven images of their gods shall you burn with fire: you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it unto you, unless you be snared therein; for it is an abomination to Jehovah your God. 26And you shall not bring an abomination into your house, and become a devoted thing like unto it: you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing.

 

8 All the commandment which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Jehovah swore unto your fathers. 2And you shall remember all the ways which Jehovah your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not. 3And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of Jehovah does man live. 4Your raiment did not become old upon you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years. 5And you shall consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his son, so Jehovah your God chastens you. 6And you shall keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. 7For Jehovah your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey; 9a land wherein you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig copper.

10And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which he has given you. 11Beware unless you forget Jehovah your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his ordinances, and his statutes, which I command you this day: 12lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14then your heart be lifted up, and you forget Jehovah your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions, and a thirsty ground where  no water was; who brought you forth water out of the rock of flint; 16who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers knew not; that he might humble you, and that he might prove you, to do you good at your latter end: 17and unless you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth. 18But you shall remember Jehovah your God, for it is he that gives you power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto your fathers, as at this day. 19And it shall be, if you shall forget Jehovah your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20As the nations that Jehovah makes to perish before you, so shall you perish; because you would not listen unto the voice of Jehovah your God.

 

9 Hear, O Israel: you are to pass over the Jordan this day, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, 2a people great and tall, the sons of the Ana-kims, whom you know, and of whom you have heard say, Who can stand before the sons of Anak? 3Know therefore this day, that Jehovah your God is he who goes over before you as a devouring fire; he will destroy them, and he will bring them down before you: so shall you drive them out, and make them to perish quickly, as Jehovah has spoken unto you. 4Speak not in your heart, after that Jehovah your God has thrust them out from before you, saying, For my righteousness Jehovah has brought me in to possess this land; whereas for the wickedness of these nations Jehovah does drive them out from before you. 5Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, do you go in to possess their land; but for the wickedness of these nations Jehovah your God does drive them out from before you, and that he may establish the word which Jehovah swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 6Know therefore, that Jehovah your God gives you not this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiffnecked people.

7Remember, do not forget, how you provoked Jehovah your God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that you went forth out of the land of Egypt, until you came unto this place, you have been rebellious against Jehovah. 8Also in Hor-eb you provoked Jehovah to wrath, and Jehovah was angry with you to destroy you. 9When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which Jehovah made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights; I did neither eat bread nor drink water. 10And Jehovah delivered unto me the two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which Jehovah spoke with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. 11And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that Jehovah gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant. 12And Jehovah said unto me, Arise, get you down quickly from here; for your people that you have brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image. 13Furthermore Jehovah spoke unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 14let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they. 15So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount was burning with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. 16And I looked, and, behold, you had sinned against Jehovah your God; you had made yourselves a molten calf: you had turned aside quickly out of the way which Jehovah had commanded you. 17And I took hold of the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes. 18And I fell down before Jehovah, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I did neither eat bread nor drink water; because of all your sin which you sinned, in doing that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to anger. 19For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith Jehovah was angry against you to destroy you. But Jehovah listened unto me that time also. 20And Jehovah was very angry with Aaron to destroy him: and I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. 21And I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, grinding it very small, until it was as fine as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount. 22And at Tab-e-rah, and at Mas-sah, and at Kib-roth-hat-ta-a-vah, you provoked Jehovah to wrath. 23And when Jehovah sent you from Ka-desh-bar-ne-a, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then you rebelled against the commandment of Jehovah your God, and you believed him not, nor listened to his voice. 24You have been rebellious against Jehovah from the day that I knew you. 25So I fell down before Jehovah the forty days and forty nights that I fell down, because Jehovah had said he would destroy you. 26And I prayed unto Jehovah, and said, O Lord Jehovah, destroy not your people and your inheritance, that you have redeemed through your greatness, that you have brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin, 28lest the land where you brought us out say, Because Jehovah was not able to bring them into the land which he promised unto them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. 29Yet they are your people and your inheritance, which you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.

 

10 At that time Jehovah said unto me, Hew yourself two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make yourself an ark of wood. 2And I will write on the tables the words that were on the first tables which you broke, and you shall put them in the ark. 3So I made an ark of acacia wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in my hand. 4And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which Jehovah spoke unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and Jehovah gave them unto me. 5And I turned and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they are as Jehovah commanded me. 6(And the children of Israel journeyed from Beer-oth Ben-e-ja-a-kan to Mo-se-ra. There Aaron died, and there he was buried; and El-e-a-zar his son ministered in the priestís office in his stead. 7From there they journeyed unto Gud-go-dah; and from Gud-go-dah to Jot-ba-thah, a land of brooks of water. 8At that time Jehovah set apart the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, to stand before Jehovah to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day. 9Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; Jehovah is his inheritance, according as Jehovah your God spoke unto him.) 10And I stayed in the mount, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights: and Jehovah listened unto me that time also; Jehovah would not destroy you. 11And Jehovah said unto me, Arise, take your journey before the people; and they shall go in and possess the land, which I swore unto their fathers to give unto them.

12And now, Israel, what does Jehovah your God require of you, but to fear Jehovah your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13to keep the commandments of Jehovah, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good? 14Behold, unto Jehovah your God belongs heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth, with all that is therein. 15Only Jehovah had a delight in your fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all peoples, as at this day. 16Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be stiffnecked no more. 17For Jehovah your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, the mighty, and the terrible, who regards not persons, nor takes reward. 18He does execute justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the sojourner, in giving him food and raiment. 19Love therefore, the sojourner; for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 20You shall fear Jehovah your God; him shall you serve; and to him shall you cleave, and by his name shall you swear. 21He is your praise, and he is your God, that has done for you these great and terrible things, which your eyes have seen. 22Your fathers went down into Egypt with seventy persons; and now Jehovah your God has made you as the stars of heaven for multitude.

 

11 Therefore you shall love Jehovah your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his ordinances, and his commandments, alway. 2And know for yourself this day: for I speak not with your children that have not known, and that have not seen the chastisement of Jehovah your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his outstretched arm, 3and his signs, and his works, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land; 4and what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red Sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how Jehovah has destroyed them unto this day; 5and what he did unto you in the wilderness, until you came unto this place; 6and what he did unto Da-than and A-bi-ram, the sons of E-li-ab, the son of Reuben; how the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel: 7but your eyes have seen all the great work of Jehovah which he did.

8Therefore shall you keep all the commandment which I command you this day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land, where you go over to possess it; 9and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Jehovah swore unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10For the land, where you go in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from where you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, as a garden of herbs; 11but the land, where you go over to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of heaven, 12a land which Jehovah your God cares for: the eyes of Jehovah your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year. 13And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love Jehovah your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil. 15And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you shall eat and be full. 16Take heed to yourselves, unless your heart be deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 17and the anger of Jehovah be kindled against you, and he shut up the heavens, so that there shall be no rain, and the land shall not yield its fruit; and you perish quickly from off the good land which Jehovah gives you.

18Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 19And you shall teach them to your children, talking of them, when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lay down, and when you rise up. 20And you shall write them upon the door-posts of your house, and upon your gates; 21that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which Jehovah sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth. 22For if you shall diligently keep all this commandment which I command you, to do it, to love Jehovah your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him; 23then will Jehovah drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. 24Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness, and Leb-a-non, from the river, the river Eu-phre-tes, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border. 25There shall no man be able to stand before you: Jehovah your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread upon, as he has spoken unto you.

26Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you shall listen unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day; 28and the curse, if you shall not listen unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known. 29And it shall come to pass, when Jehovah your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, that you shall set the blessing upon mount Ge-ri-zim, and the curse upon mount E-bal. 30Are they not beyond the Jordan, behind the way of the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites that dwell in the Arabah, over against Gil-gal, beside the oaks of Mo-reh? 31For you are to pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God gives you, and you shall possess it, and dwell therein. 32And you shall observe to do all the statutes and the ordinances which I set before you this day.

 

12 These are the statutes and the ordinances which you shall observe to do in the land which Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess it, all the days that you live upon the earth. 2You shall surely destroy all the places wherein the nations that you shall dispossess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: 3and you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and burn their images with fire; and you shall hew down the graven images of their gods; and you shall destroy their name out of that place. 4You shall not do so unto Jehovah your God.

5But unto the place which Jehovah your God shall choose out of all your tribes, to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall you seek, and there you shall come; 6and there you shall bring your burnt-offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and the heave-offering of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill-offerings, and the firstlings of your herd and of your flock: 7and there you shall eat before Jehovah your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand unto, you and your households, wherein Jehovah your God has blessed you. 8You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes; 9for you are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which Jehovah your God gives you. 10But when you go over the Jordan, and dwell in the land which Jehovah your God will cause you to inherit, and he gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety; 11then it shall come to pass that to the place which Jehovah your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there, there shall you bring all that I command you: your burnt-offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave-offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which you vow unto Jehovah. 12And you shall rejoice before Jehovah your God, you, and your sons, and your daughters, and your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and the Levite that is within your gates, forasmuch as he has no portion nor inheritance with you. 13Take heed to yourself that you offer not your burnt-offerings in every place that you see; 14but in the place which Jehovah shall choose in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt-offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you. 15Notwithstanding, you may kill and eat flesh within all your gates, after all the desire of your soul, according to the blessing of Jehovah your God which he has given you: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the gazelle, and as of the hart. 16Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out upon the earth as water. 17You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain, or of your new wine, or of your oil, or the firstlings of your herd or of your flock, nor any of your vows which you vow, nor your freewill-offerings, nor the heave-offering of your hand; 18but you shall eat them before Jehovah your God in the place which Jehovah your God shall choose, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your man-servant, and your maid-servant, and the Levite that is within your gates: and you shall rejoice before Jehovah your God in all that you put your hand unto. 19Take heed to yourself that you forsake not the Levite as long as you live in your land. 20When Jehovah your God shall enlarge your border, as he has promised you, and you shall say, I will eat flesh, because your soul desires to eat flesh; you may eat flesh, after all the desire of your soul. 21If the place which Jehovah your God shall choose, to put his name there, be too far from you, then you shall kill of your herd and of your flock, which Jehovah has given you, as I have commanded you; and you may eat within your gates, after all the desire of your soul. 22Even as the gazelle and as the hart is eaten, so you shall eat thereof: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof alike. 23Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and you shall not eat the life with the flesh. 24You shall not eat it; you shall pour it out upon the earth as water. 25You shall not eat it; that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, when you shall do that which is right in the eyes of Jehovah. 26Only your holy things which you have, and your vows, you shall take, and go unto the place which Jehovah shall choose: 27and you shall offer your burnt-offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of Jehovah your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of Jehovah your God; and you shall eat the flesh. 28Observe and hear all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you for ever, when you do that which is good and right in the eyes of Jehovah your God. 29When Jehovah your God shall cut off the nations from before you, where you go in to dispossess them, and you dispossess them, and dwell in their land; 30take heed to yourself that you be not ensnared to follow them, after that they are destroyed from before you; and that you inquire not after their gods, saying, How do these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31You shall not do so unto Jehovah your God: for every abomination to Jehovah, which he hates, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods. 32What thing soever I command you, that shall you observe to do: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

 

13 If there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto you, saying, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them; 3you shall not listen unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams: for Jehovah your God proves you, to knows whether you love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4You shall walk after Jehovah your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and you shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Jehovah your God commanded you to walk in. So shall you put away the evil from the midst of you.

6If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, that is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known, you, nor your fathers; 7of the gods of the peoples that are round about you, near unto you, or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8you shall not consent unto him, nor listen unto him; neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him: 9but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10And you shall stone him to death with stones, because he has sought to draw you away from Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 11And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall not do any more such wickedness as this is in the midst of you.

12If you shall hear tell concerning one of your cities, which Jehovah your God gives you to dwell there, saying, 13Certain base fellows are gone out from the midst of you, and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known; 14then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is worked in the midst of you, 15you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16And you shall gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shall burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, unto Jehovah your God: and it shall be a heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17And there shall cleave nothing of the devoted thing to your hand; that Jehovah may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and show you mercy, and have compassion upon you, and multiply you, as he has sworn unto your fathers; 18when you shall listen to the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep all his commandments which I command you this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of Jehovah your God.

 

14 You are the children of Jehovah your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. 2For you are a holy people unto Jehovah your God, and Jehovah has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples that are upon the face of the earth. 3You shall not eat any abominable thing. 4These are the beasts which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, 5the hart, and the gazelle, and the roebuck, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the antelope, and the chamois. 6And every beast that parts the hoof, and has the hoof cloven in two, and chews the cud, among the beasts, that may you eat. 7Nevertheless these you shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that have the hoof cloven: the camel, and the hare, and the coney; because they chew the cud but part not the hoof, they are unclean unto you. 8And the swine, because he parts the hoof but chews not the cud, he is unclean unto you: of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. 9These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever has fins and scales may you eat; 10and whatsoever has not fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean unto you. 11Of all clean birds you may eat. 12But these are they of which you shall not eat: the eagle, and the gier-eagle, and the ospray, 13and the glede, and the falcon, and the kite after its kind, 14and every raven after its kind, 15and the ostrich, and the night-hawk, and the sea-mew, and the hawk after its kind, 16the little owl, and the great owl, and the horned owl, 17and the pelican, and the vulture, and the cormorant, 18and the stork, and the heron after its kind, and the hoopoe, and the bat. 19And all winged creeping things are unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten. 20Of all clean birds you may eat. 21you shall not eat of anything that dies of itself: you may give it unto the sojourner that is within your gates, that he may eat it; or you may sell it unto a foreigner: for you are a holy people unto Jehovah your God. you shall not boil a kid in its motherís milk.

22You shall surely tithe all the increase of your seed, that which comes forth from the field year by year. 23And you shall eat before Jehovah your God, in the place which he shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there, the tithe of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the firstlings of your herd and of your flock; that you may learn to fear Jehovah your God always. 24And if the way be too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it, because the place is too far from you, which Jehovah your God shall choose, to set his name there, when Jehovah your God shall bless you; 25then shall you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which Jehovah your God shall choose: 26and you shall bestow the money for whatsoever your soul desires, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul asks of you; and you shall eat there before Jehovah your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household. 27And the Levite that is within your gates, you shall not forsake him; for he has no portion nor inheritance with you. 28At the end of every three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase in the same year, and shall lay it up within your gates: 29and the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the sojourner, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that Jehovah your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

15 At the end of every seven years you shall make a release. 2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent unto his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor and his brother; because Jehovahís release has been proclaimed. 3Of a foreigner you may exact it: but whatsoever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. 4Howbeit there shall be no poor with you; (for Jehovah will surely bless you in the land which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it;) 5if only you diligently listen unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all this commandment which I command you this day. 6For Jehovah your God will bless you, as he promised you: and you shall lend unto many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you. 7If there be with you a poor man, one of your brethren, within any of your gates in your land which Jehovah your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother; 8but you shall surely open your hand unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which he wants. 9Beware that there be not a base thought in your heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil against your poor brother, and you give him nothing; and he cry unto Jehovah against you, and it be sin unto you. 10You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give unto him; because that for this thing Jehovah your God will bless you in all your work, and in all that you put your hand unto. 11For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, you shall surely open your hand unto your brother, to your needy, and to your poor, in your land.

12If your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto you, and serve you six years; then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you. 13And when you let him go free from you, you shall not let him go empty: 14you shall furnish him liberally out of your flock, and out of your threshing-floor, and out of your winepress; as Jehovah your God has blessed you, you shall give unto him. 15And you shall remember that you were a bondman in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah your God redeemed you: therefore I command you this thing today. 16And it shall be, if he say unto you, I will not go out from you; because he loves you and your house, because he is well with you; 17then you shall take an awl, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be your servant for ever. And also unto your maid-servant you shall do likewise. 18It shall not seem hard unto you, when you let him go free from you; for to the double of the hire of a hireling has he served you six years: and Jehovah your God will bless you in all that you do.

19All the firstling males that are born of your herd and of your flock you shall sanctify unto Jehovah your God: you shall do no work with the firstling of your herd, nor shear the firstling of your flock. 20You shall eat it before Jehovah your God year by year in the place which Jehovah shall choose, you and your household. 21And if it have any blemish, as if it be lame or blind, any ill blemish whatsoever, you shall not sacrifice it unto Jehovah your God. 22You shall eat it within your gates: the unclean and the clean shall eat it alike, as the gazelle, and as the hart. 23Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it out upon the ground as water.

 

16 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto Jehovah your God; for in the month of Abib Jehovah your God brought you forth out of Egypt by night. 2And you shall sacrifice the Passover unto Jehovah your God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which Jehovah shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there. 3You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shall you eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for you came forth out of the land of Egypt in a hurry: that you may remember the day when you came forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. 4And there shall be no leaven seen with you in all your borders seven days; neither shall any of the flesh, which you sacrifice the first day at even, remain all night until the morning. 5You may not sacrifice the Passover within any of your gates, which Jehovah your God gives you; 6but at the place which Jehovah your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell in, there you shall sacrifice the Passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that you came forth out of Egypt. 7And you shall roast and eat it in the place which Jehovah your God shall choose: and you shall turn in the morning, and go unto your tents. 8Six days you shall eat unleavened bread; and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to Jehovah your God; you shall do no work therein. 9Seven weeks shall you number unto you: from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain shall you begin to number seven weeks. 10And you shall keep the feast of weeks unto Jehovah your God with a tribute of a freewill-offering of your hand, which you shall give, according as Jehovah your God blesses you: 11and you shall rejoice before Jehovah your God, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your man-servant, and your maid-servant, and the Levite that is within your gates, and the sojourner, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are in the midst of you, in the place which Jehovah your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there. 12And you shall remember that you were a bondman in Egypt: and you shall observe and do these statutes. 13You shall keep the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you have gathered in from your threshing-floor and from your winepress: 14and you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your man-servant, and your maid-servant, and the Levite, and the sojourner, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within your gates. 15Seven days shall you keep a feast unto Jehovah your God in the place which Jehovah shall choose; because Jehovah your God will bless you in all your increase, and in all the work of your hands, and you shall be altogether joyful. 16Three times in a year shall all your males appear before Jehovah your God in the place which he shall choose: in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before Jehovah empty: 17every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of Jehovah your God which he has given you.

18Judges and officers shall you make for yourselves in all your gates, which Jehovah your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with a righteous judgment. 19You shall not wrest justice: you shall not respect persons; neither shall you take a bribe; for a bribe does blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 20That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which Jehovah your God gives you. 21You shall not plant yourselves an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of Jehovah your God, which you shall make yourself. 22Neither shall you set yourself up a pillar; which Jehovah your God hates.

 

17 You shall not sacrifice unto Jehovah your God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, or anything evil; for that is an abomination unto Jehovah your God. 2If there be found in the midst of you, within any of your gates which Jehovah your God gives you, man or woman, that does that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah your God, in transgressing his covenant, 3and has gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4and it be told you, and you have heard of it, then shall you inquire diligently; and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is worked in Israel, 5then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, who has done this evil thing, unto your gates, even the man or the woman; and you shall stone them to death with stones. 6At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7The hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

8If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates; then shall you arise, and get yourself up unto the place which Jehovah your God shall choose; 9and you shall come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days: and you shall inquire; and they shall show you the sentence of judgment. 10And you shall do according to the tenor of the sentence which they shall show you from that place which Jehovah shall choose; and you shall observe to do according to all that they shall teach you: 11according to the tenor of the law which they shall teach you, and according to the judgment which they shall tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the sentence which they shall show you, to the right hand, nor to the left. 12And the man that does presumptuously, in not listening unto the priest that stands to minister there before Jehovah your God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and you shall put away the evil from Israel. 13And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

14When you are come unto the land which Jehovah your God gives you, and shall possess it, and shall dwell therein, and shall say, I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are round about me; 15you shall surely set him king over you, whom Jehovah your God shall choose: one from among your brethren shall you set king over you; you may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses; forasmuch as Jehovah has said unto you, you shall henceforth return no more that way. 17Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. 18And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write himself a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear Jehovah his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them; 20that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children, in the midst of Israel.

 

18 The priests the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of Jehovah made by fire, as his inheritance. 2And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren: Jehovah is their inheritance, as he has spoken unto them. 3And this shall the priestsí be due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4The first-fruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, shall you give him. 5For Jehovah your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in the name of Jehovah, him and his sons for ever. 6And if a Levite come from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he sojourns, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the place which Jehovah shall choose; 7then he shall minister in the name of Jehovah his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before Jehovah. 8They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which comes of the sale of his patrimony.

9When you are come into the land which Jehovah your God gives you, you shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found with you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that uses divination, one that practices augury, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, 11or a charmer, or a consulter with a familiar spirit, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12For whoever does these things is an abomination unto Jehovah: and because of these abominations, Jehovah your God does drive them out from before you. 13You shall be perfect with Jehovah your God. 14For these nations, that you shall dispossess, have listened unto them that practice augury, and unto diviners; but as for you, Jehovah your God has not suffered you to do that.

15Jehovah your God will raise up unto you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall listen; 16according to all that you desired of Jehovah your God in Hor-eb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of Jehovah my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17And Jehovah said unto me, They have well said that which they have spoken. 18I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto you; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not listen unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. 21And if you say in your heart, How shall we know the word which Jehovah has not spoken? 22When a prophet speak in the name of Jehovah, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which Jehovah has not spoken: the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you shall not be afraid of him.

 

19 When Jehovah your God shall cut off the nations, whose land Jehovah your God gives you, and you succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses; 2you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which Jehovah your God gives you to possess it. 3You shall prepare yourself the way, and divide the borders of your land, which Jehovah your God causes you to inherit, into three parts, that every manslayer may flee there. 4And this is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee there and live: whoever kills his neighbor unwittingly, and hated him not in time past; 5as when a man goes into the forest with his neighbor to hew wood, and his hand makes a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the stock, and lights upon his neighbor, so that he dies; he shall flee unto one of these cities and live: 6lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and strike him mortally; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past. 7Therefore I command you, saying, you shall set apart three cities for you. 8And if Jehovah your God enlarge your border, as he has sworn unto your fathers, and give you all the land which he promised to give unto your fathers; 9if you shall keep all this commandment to do it, which I command you this day, to love Jehovah your God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shall you add three cities more for you, besides these three: 10that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of your land, which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be upon you. 11But if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and strike him mortally so that he dies, and he flee into one of these cities; 12then the elders of his city shall send and bring him there, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 13Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.

14You shall not remove your neighborís landmark, which they of old time have set, in your inheritance which you shall inherit, in the land that Jehovah your God gives you to possess it. 15One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established. 16If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrong-doing, 17then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before Jehovah, before the priests and the judges that shall be in those days; 18and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother; 19then shall you do unto him, as he had thought to do unto his brother: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you. 20And those that remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of you. 21And your eyes shall not pity; life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

 

20 When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than yourselves, you shall not be afraid of them; for Jehovah your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 2And it shall be, when you draw near unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, 3and shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, you draw near this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint; fear not, nor tremble, neither be you frightened at them; 4for Jehovah your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. 5And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that has built a new house, and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, unless he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. 6And what man is there that has planted a vineyard, and has not used the fruit thereof? Let him go and return unto his house, unless he die in the battle, and another man use the fruit thereof. 7And what man is there that has betrothed a wife, and has not taken her? Let him go and return unto his house, unless he die in the battle, and another man take her. 8And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and faint-hearted? Let him go and return unto his house, unless his brethrenís heart melt as his heart. 9And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall appoint captains of hosts at the head of the people.

10When you draw near unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. 11And it shall be, if it gives you an answer of peace, and open unto you, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall become tributary unto you, and shall serve you. 12And if it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it: 13and when Jehovah your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male thereof with the edge of the sword: 14but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shall you take for a prey unto yourself; and you shall eat the spoil of your enemies, which Jehovah your God has given you. 15This shall you do unto all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations. 16But of the cities of these peoples, that Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breaths; 17but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Pe-riz-zite, the Hi-vite, and the Jeb-u-site; as Jehovah your God has commanded you; 18that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so would you sin against Jehovah your God. 19When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy the trees thereof by wielding an axe against them; for you may eat of them, but you shall not cut them down; for is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged of you? 20Only the trees of which you know that they are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down; and you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until it falls.

 

21 If one be found slain in the land which Jehovah your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it is not known who has struck him; 2then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain: 3and it shall be, that the city which is nearest unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked with, and which has not drawn in the yoke; 4and the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heiferís neck there in the valley. 5And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for of them Jehovah your God has chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of Jehovah; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be. 6And all the elders of that city, who are nearest unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley; 7and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. 8Forgive, O Jehovah, your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and suffer not innocent blood to remain in the midst of your people Israel. And the blood shall be forgiven them. 9So shall you put away the innocent blood from the midst of you, when you shall do that which is right in the eyes of Jehovah.

10When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and Jehovah your God delivers them into your hands, and you carry them away captive, 11and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a desire unto her, and would take her to you to be your wife; 12then you shall bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; 13and she shall put the raiment of her captivity off from her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that you shall go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. 14And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money, you shall not deal with her as a slave, because you have humbled her.

15If a man have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the first-born son be hers that was hated; 16then it shall be, in the day that he cause his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved the first-born before the son of the hated, who is the first-born: 17but he shall acknowledge the first-born, the son of the hated, by giving him a double portion of all that he has; for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the first-born is his.

18If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, that will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them; 19then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 20and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21And all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. 22And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree; 23his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall surely bury him the same day; for he that is hanged is accursed of God; that you defile not your land which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance.

 

22 You shall not see your brotherís ox or his sheep go astray, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely bring them again unto your brother. 2And if your brother is not near unto you, or if you know him not, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother seek after it, and you shall restore it to him. 3And so shall you do with his ass; and so shall you do with his garment; and so shall you do with every lost thing of your brotherís, which he has lost, and you have found: you may not hide yourself. 4You shall not see your brotherís ass or his ox fallen down by the way, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely help him to lift them up again.

5A woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a womanís garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination unto Jehovah your God. 6If a birdís nest is by chance before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, you shall not take the dam with the young: 7you shall surely let the dam go, but the young you may take to yourself; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days. 8When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you bring not blood upon your house, if any man were to fall from there. 9You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, unless the whole fruit be forfeited, the seed which you have sown, and the increase of the vineyard. 10You shall not plow with an ox and an ass together. 11You shall not wear a mingled things, wool and linen together. 12you shall make yourselves fringes upon the four borders of your vesture, wherewith you cover yourself.

13If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, 14and lay shameful things to her charge, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I found not the tokens of her virginity in her; 15then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damselís virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate; 16and the damselís father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hates her; 17and, lo, he has laid shameful things to her charge, saying, I found not in your daughter the tokens of virginity; and yet these are the tokens of my daughterís virginity. And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city. 18And the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him; 19and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he has brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days. 20But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the damsel; 21then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her fatherís house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has worked folly in Israel, to play the harlot in her fatherís house: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you. 22If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shall you put away the evil from Israel. 23If there be a damsel that is a virgin betrothed unto a husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; 24then you shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he has humbled his neighborís wife: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you. 25But if the man find the damsel that is betrothed in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her; then the man only that lay with her shall die: 26but unto the damsel you shall do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man rises against his neighbor, and slays him, even so is this matter; 27for he found her in the field, the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her. 28If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, that is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damselís father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has humbled her; he may not put her away all his days. 30A man shall not take his fatherís wife, and shall not uncover his fatherís skirt.

 

23 He that has his private parts crushed, or has his private member cut off, shall not enter into the assembly of Jehovah. 2A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of Jehovah. 3An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of Jehovah for ever: 4because they did not meet with you with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Ba-laam the son of Be-or from Pe-thor of Mes-o-po-ta-mi-a, to curse you. 5Nevertheless Jehovah your God would not listen unto Ba-laam; but Jehovah your God turned the curse into a blessing unto you, because Jehovah your God loved you. 6You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days for ever. 7You shall not abhor an E-dom-ite; for he is your brother: you shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were a sojourner in his land. 8The children of the third generation that are born unto them shall enter into the assembly of Jehovah.

9When you go forth and camp against your enemies, then you shall keep yourselves from every evil thing. 10If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of that which chance him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp: 11but it shall be, when evening comes on, he shall bathe himself in water; and when the sun is down, he shall come within the camp. 12You shall have a place also without the camp, where you shall go forth abroad: 13and you shall have a paddle among your weapons; and it shall be, when you sit down abroad, you shall dig therewith, and shall turn back and cover that which comes from you: 14for Jehovah your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you, and to give up your enemies before you; therefore shall your camp be holy, that he may not see an unclean thing in you, and turn away from you.

15You shall not deliver a servant unto his master that is escaped from his master unto you: 16he shall dwell with you, in the midst of you, in the place which he shall choose within one of your gates, where it pleases him best: you shall not oppress him. 17There shall be no prostitute of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel. 18You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog, into the house of Jehovah your God for any vow: for even both these are an abomination unto Jehovah your God. 19You shall not lend upon interest to your brother; interest of money, interest of goods, interest of anything that is lent upon interest: 20unto a foreigner you may lend upon interest; but unto your brother you shall not lend upon interest, that Jehovah your God may bless you in all that you put your hand unto, in the land where you go in to possess it. 21When you shall vow a vow unto Jehovah your God, you shall not be slack to pay it: for Jehovah your God will surely require it of you; and it would be sin in you. 22But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you. 23That which is gone out of your lips you shall observe and do; according as you have vowed unto Jehovah your God, a freewill-offering, which you have promised with your mouth. 24When you come into your neighborís vineyard, then you may eat your fill of grapes at your own pleasure; but you shall not put any in your vessel. 25When you come into your neighborís standing grain, then you may pluck the ears with your hand; but you shall not move a sickle unto your neighborís standing grain.

 

24 When a man takes a wife, and marries her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he has found some unfitting thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another manís wife. 3And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife; 4her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is an abomination before Jehovah: and you shall not cause the land to sin, which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance.

5When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out in the host, neither shall he be charged with any business: he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer his wife whom he has taken. 6No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes a manís life to pledge. 7If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, or sells him; then that thief shall die: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you. 8Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that you observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so you shall observe to do. 9Remember what Jehovah your God did unto Miriam, by the way as you came forth out of Egypt. 10When you do lend your neighbor any manner of loan, you shall not go into his house to bring his pledge. 11You shall stand without, and the man to whom you do lend shall bring forth the pledge unto you. 12And if he be a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge; 13you shall surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless you: and it shall be righteousness unto you before Jehovah your God.

14You shall not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of your brethren, or of your sojourners that are in your land within your gates: 15in his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it: unless he cry against you unto Jehovah, and it be sin unto you. 16The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. 17You shall not wrest the justice due to the sojourner, or to the fatherless, nor take the widowís raiment to pledge; 18but you shall remember that you were a bondman in Egypt, and Jehovah your God redeemed you there: therefore I command you to do this thing. 19When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go again to bring it: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that Jehovah your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20When you beat your olive-tree, you shall not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 21When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it after you: it shall be for the sojourner, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 22And you shall remember that you were a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command you to do this thing.

 

25 If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked; 2and it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his wickedness, by number. 3Forty stripes he may give him, he shall not exceed that; unless, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then your brother should seem vile unto you. 4You shall not muzzle the ox when he treads out the grain.

5If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married without unto a stranger: her husbandís brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of a husbandís brother unto her. 6And it shall be, that the first-born that she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother that is dead, that his name be not blotted out of Israel. 7And if the man does not want to take his brotherís wife, then his brotherís wife shall go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husbandís brother refuses to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husbandís brother unto me. 8Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand, and say, I do not want to take her; 9then shall his brotherís wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and free his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face; and she shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto the man that does not build up his brotherís house. 10And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that has his shoe loosed. 11When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that did strike him, and puts forth her hand, and takes him by the genitals; 12then you shall cut off her hand, your eye shall have no pity.

13You shall not have in your bag diverse weights, a great and a small. 14You shall not have in your house diverse measures, a great and a small. 15A perfect and just weight shall you have; a perfect and just measure shall you have: that your days may be long in the land which Jehovah your God gives you. 16For all that do such things, even all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto Jehovah your God. 17Remember what Am-a-lek did unto you by the way as you came forth out of Egypt; 18how he met you by the way, and struck the hindmost of you, all that were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he feared not God. 19Therefore it shall be, when Jehovah your God has given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Am-a-lek from under heaven; you shall not forget.

 

26 And it shall be, when you are come in unto the land which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwell therein, 2that you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you shall bring in from your land that Jehovah your God gives you; and you shall put it in a basket, and shall go unto the place which Jehovah your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there. 3And you shall come unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto Jehovah your God, that I am come unto the land which Jehovah sware unto our fathers to give us. 4And the priest shall take the basket out of your hand, and set it down before the altar of Jehovah your God. 5And you shall answer and say before Jehovah your God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father; and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there, few in number; and he became a nation there, great, mighty, and populous. 6And the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: 7and we cried unto Jehovah, the God of our fathers, and Jehovah heard our voice, and saw our affliction, and our toil, and our oppression; 8and Jehovah brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders; 9and he has brought us into this place, and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10And now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Jehovah, have given me. And you shall set it down before Jehovah your God, and worship before Jehovah your God: 11and you shall rejoice in all the good which Jehovah your God has given unto you, and unto your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner that is in the midst of you.

12When you have made an end of tithing all the tithe of your increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, then you shall give it unto the Levite, to the sojourner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and be filled. 13And you shall say before Jehovah your God, I have put away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the sojourner, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all your commandment which you have commanded me: I have not transgressed any of your commandments, neither have I forgotten them: 14I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I put away thereof, being unclean, nor given thereof for the dead: I have listened to the voice of Jehovah my God; I have done according to all that you have commanded me. 15Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel, and the ground which you have given us, as you swore unto our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.

16This day Jehovah your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances: you shall therefore keep and do them with all your heart, and with all your soul. 17You have declared Jehovah this day to be your God, and that you would walk in his ways, and keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his ordinances, and listen unto his voice: 18and Jehovah has declared you this day to be a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you should keep all his commandments; 19and to make you high above all nations that he has made, in praise, and in name, and in honor; and that you may be a holy people unto Jehovah your God, as he has spoken.

 

27 And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandment which I command you this day. 2And it shall be on the day when you shall pass over the Jordan unto the land which Jehovah your God gives you, that you shall set yourselves up great stones, and plaster them with plaster: 3and you shall write upon them all the words of this law, when you are passed over; that you may go in unto the land which Jehovah your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as Jehovah, the God of your fathers, has promised you. 4And it shall be, when you are passed over the Jordan, that you shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount E-bal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. 5And there shall you build an altar unto Jehovah your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool upon them. 6You shall build the altar of Jehovah your God of unhewn stones; and you shall offer burnt-offerings thereon unto Jehovah your God: 7and you shall sacrifice peace-offerings, and shall eat there; and you shall rejoice before Jehovah your God. 8And you shall write very plainly upon the stones all the words of this law. 9And Moses and the priests the Levites spoke unto all Israel, saying, Keep silence, and listen, O Israel: this day you are become the people of Jehovah your God. 10You shall therefore obey the voice of Jehovah your God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command you this day.

11And Moses charged the people the same day, saying, 12These shall stand upon mount Ge-ri-zim to bless the people, when you are passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Is-sa-char, and Joseph, and Benjamin. 13And these shall stand upon mount E-bal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Ze-bu-lun, Dan, and Naph-ta-li. 14And the Levites shall answer, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice, 15Cursed is the man that makes a graven or molten image, an abomination unto Jehovah, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen. 16Cursed is he that contemns his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. 17Cursed is he that removes his neighborís landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen. 18Cursed is he that makes the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen. 19Cursed is he that wrests the justice due to the sojourner, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen. 20Cursed is he that lies with his fatherís wife, because he has uncovered his fatherís skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen. 21Cursed is he that lies with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen. 22Cursed is he that lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. 23Cursed is he that lies with his mother-in-law. And all the people shall say, Amen. 24Cursed is he that strike his neighbor in secret. And all the people shall say, Amen. 25Cursed is he that takes a bribe to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen. 26Cursed is he that confirms not the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

 

28 And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that Jehovah your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth: 2and all these blessings shall come upon you, and overtake you, if you shall listen unto the voice of Jehovah your God. 3You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field. 4Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock. 5Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7Jehovah will cause your enemies that rise up against you to be struck before you: they shall come out against you one way, and shall flee before you seven ways. 8Jehovah will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand unto; and he will bless you in the land which Jehovah your God gives you. 9Jehovah will establish you for a holy people unto himself, as he has sworn unto you; if you shall keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, and walk in his ways. 10And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of Jehovah; and they shall be afraid of you. 11And Jehovah will make you plenteous in goods, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Jehovah sware unto your fathers to give you. 12Jehovah will open unto you his good treasure the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend unto many nations, and you shall not borrow. 13And Jehovah will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if you shall listen unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day, to observe and to do them, 14and shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

15But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, that all these curses shall come upon you, and overtake you. 16Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. 17Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 18Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock. 19Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. 20Jehovah will send upon you cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that you put your hand unto to do, until you be destroyed, and until you perish quickly; because of the evil of your doings, whereby you have forsaken me. 21Jehovah will make the pestilence cleave unto you, until he will have consumed you from off the land, where you go in to possess it. 22Jehovah will strike you with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish. 23And your heaven that is over your head shall be brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron. 24Jehovah will make the rain of your land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon you, until you be destroyed. 25Jehovah will cause you to be struck before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, and shall flee seven ways before them: and you shall be tossed to and fro among all the kingdoms of the earth. 26And your dead body shall be food unto all birds of the heavens, and unto the beasts of the earth; and there shall be none to frighten them away. 27Jehovah will strike you with the boil of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scurvy, and with the itch, whereof you can not be healed. 28Jehovah will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart; 29and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and robbed always, and there shall be none to save you. 30You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not use the fruit thereof. 31Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat thereof: your ass shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given unto your enemies, and you shall have none to save you. 32Your sons and your daughters shall be given unto another people; and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be nothing in the power of your hand. 33The fruit of your ground, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always; 34so that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see. 35Jehovah will strike you in the knees, and in the legs, with a greatly boil, whereof you can not be healed, from the sole of your foot unto the crown of your head. 36Jehovah will bring you, and your king whom you shall set over you, unto a nation that you have not known, you nor your fathers; and there shall you serve other gods, wood and stone. 37And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples where Jehovah shall lead you away. 38You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it. 39You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worm shall eat them. 40You shall have olive-trees throughout all your borders, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall cast its fruit. 41You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be your; for they shall go into captivity. 42All your trees and the fruit of your ground shall the locust possess. 43The sojourner that is in the midst of you shall mount up above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower. 44He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

45And all these curses shall come upon you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, till you be destroyed; because you listened not unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you: 46and they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and upon your seed for ever. 47Because you served not Jehovah your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things; 48therefore shall you serve your enemies that Jehovah shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he has destroyed you. 49Jehovah will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand; 50a nation of fierce countenance, that shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young, 51and shall eat the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your ground, until you be destroyed; that also shall not leave you grain, new wine, or oil, the increase of your cattle, or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish. 52And they shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fortified walls come down, wherein you trusted, throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land, which Jehovah your God has given you. 53And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, whom Jehovah your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress wherewith your enemies shall distress you. 54The man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children whom he has remaining; 55so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he has nothing left to him, in the siege and in the distress wherewith your enemy shall distress you in all your gates. 56The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, 57and toward her young one that comes out from between her feet, and toward her children whom she shall bear; for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly, in the siege and in the distress wherewith your enemy shall distress you in your gates. 58If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, JEHOVAH your GOD; 59then Jehovah will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and great sicknesses, and of long continuance. 60And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cleave unto you. 61Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will Jehovah bring upon you, until you be destroyed. 62And you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because you did not listen unto the voice of Jehovah your God. 63And it shall come to pass, that, as Jehovah rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so Jehovah will rejoice over you to cause you to perish, and to destroy you; and you shall be plucked from off the land where you go in to possess it. 64And Jehovah will scatter you among all peoples, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, which you have not known, you nor your fathers, even wood and stone. 65And among these nations shall you find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot: but Jehovah will give you a trembling heart there, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul; 66and your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life. 67In the morning you shall say, I wish it were even! and at even you shall say, I wish it were morning! For the fear of your heart which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see. 68And Jehovah will bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I said unto you, you shall see it no more again: and there you shall sell yourselves unto your enemies for bondmen and for bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

 

29 These are the words of the covenant which Jehovah commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which he made with them in Hor-eb. 2And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, you have seen all that Jehovah did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; 3the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders: *** 4but Jehovah has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. 5And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not worn old upon you, and your shoe is not worn old upon your foot. 6You have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink; that you may know that I am Jehovah your God. 7And when you came unto this place, Si-hon the king of Hesh-bon, and Og the king of Ba-shan, came out against us unto battle, and we struck them: 8and we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the Man-nas-sites. 9Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

10You stand this day all of you before Jehovah your God; your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel, 11your little ones, your wives, and your sojourner that is in the midst of your camps, from the hewer of your wood unto the drawer of your water; 12that you may enter into the covenant of Jehovah your God, and into his oath, which Jehovah your God makes with you this day; 13that he may establish you this day unto himself for a people, and that he may be unto you a God, as he spoke unto you, and as he sware unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath, 15but with him that stands here with us this day before Jehovah our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day 16(for you know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed; 17and you have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them); 18lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from Jehovah our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; unless there should be among you a root that bears gall and wormwood; 19and it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, to destroy the moist with the dry. 20Jehovah will not pardon him, but then the anger of Jehovah and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and Jehovah will blot out his name from under heaven. 21And Jehovah will set him apart unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in this book of the law. 22And the generation to come, your children that shall rise up after you, and the foreigner that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses wherewith Jehovah has made it sick; 23and that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Ad-mah and Ze-bo-im, which Jehovah overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: 24even all the nations shall say, why has Jehovah done this unto this land? what means the heat of this great anger? 25Then men shall say, Because they forsook the covenant of Jehovah, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, 26and went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods that they knew not, and that he had not given unto them: 27therefore the anger of Jehovah was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curse that is written in this book; 28and Jehovah rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as at this day. 29The secret things belong unto Jehovah our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

 

30 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where Jehovah your God has driven you, 2and shall return unto Jehovah your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul; 3that then Jehovah your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples, where Jehovah your God has scattered you. 4If any of your outcasts be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there will Jehovah your God gather you, and from there will he bring you: 5and Jehovah your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers. 6And Jehovah your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. 7And Jehovah your God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on them that hate you, that persecuted you. 8And you shall return and obey the voice of Jehovah, and do all his commandments which I command you this day. 9And Jehovah your God will make you plenteous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, for good: for Jehovah will again rejoice over you for good, as he rejoiced over your fathers; 10if you shall obey the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; if you turn unto Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.

11For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it? 13Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it? 14But the word is very near unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.

15See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; 16in that I command you this day to love Jehovah your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, that you may live and multiply, and that Jehovah your God may bless you in the land where you go in to possess it. 17But if your heart turn away, and you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18I declare unto you this day, that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land, where you pass over the Jordan to go in to possess it. 19I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed; 20to love Jehovah your God, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may dwell in the land which Jehovah swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

 

31 And Moses went and spoke these words unto all Israel. 2And he said unto them, I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: and Jehovah has said unto me, you shall not go over this Jordan. 3Jehovah your God, he will go over before you; he will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before you, as Jehovah has spoken. 4And Jehovah will do unto them as he did to Si-hon and to Og, the kings of the Am-or-ites, and unto their land; whom he destroyed. 5And Jehovah will deliver them up before you, and you shall do unto them according unto all the commandment which I have commanded you. 6Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be frightened at them: for Jehovah your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you. 7And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of good courage: for you shall go with this people into the land which Jehovah has sworn unto their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it. 8And Jehovah, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.

9And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and unto all the elders of Israel. 10And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 11when all Israel is come to appear before Jehovah your God in the place which he shall choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and your sojourner that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear Jehovah your God, and observe to do all the words of this law; 13and that their children, who have not known, may hear, and learn to fear Jehovah your God, as long as you live in the land where you go over the Jordan to possess it.

14And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, your day approaches that you must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. 15And Jehovah appeared in the Tent in a pillar of cloud: and the pillar of cloud stood over the door of the Tent. 16And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up, and play the harlot after the strange gods of the land, where they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. 17Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come upon them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us? 18And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evil which they shall have worked, in that they are turned unto other gods. 19Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it to the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. 20For when I shall have brought them into the land which I swore unto their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxed fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and despise me, and break my covenant. 21And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are come upon them, that this song shall testify before them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they frame this day, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.

22So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel. 23And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore unto them: and I will be with you. 24And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25that Moses commanded the Levites, that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, saying, 26Take this book of the law, and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of Jehovah your God, that it may be there for a witness against you. 27For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against Jehovah; and how much more after my death? 28Assemble unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands. 30And Moses spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were finished.

 

32 Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2My doctrine shall drop as the rain; My speech shall distil as the dew, As the small rain upon the tender grass, And as the showers upon the herb. 3For I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: You, ascribe greatness unto our God. 4The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he. 5They have dealt corruptly with him, they are not his children, it is their blemish; They are a perverse and crooked generation. 6Do you thus repay Jehovah, O foolish people and unwise? Is he not your father that has bought you? He has made you, and established you.

7Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations: Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you. 8When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, When he separated the children of men, He set the bounds of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel. 9For Jehovahís portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. 10He found him in a desert land, And in the waste howling wilderness; He compassed him about, he cared for him, He kept him as the apple of his eye. 11As an eagle that stirs up her nest, That flutters over her young, He spread abroad his wings, he took them, He bare them on his pinions. 12Jehovah alone did lead him, And there was no foreign god with him. 13He made him ride on the high places of the earth, And he did eat the increase of the field; And he made him to suck honey out of the rock, And oil out of the flinty rock; 14Butter of the herd, and milk of the flock, With fat of lambs, And rams of the breed of Ba-shan, and goats, With the finest of the wheat; And of the blood of the grape you drank wine.

15But Je-shu-run waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxed fat, you are grown thick, you are become sleek; Then he forsook God who made him, And lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. 16They moved him to jealousy with strange gods; With abominations they provoked him to anger. 17They sacrificed unto demons, which were no God, To gods that they knew not, To new gods that came up of late, Which your fathers dreaded not. 18Of the Rock that begat you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten God that gave you birth.

19And Jehovah saw it, and abhorred them, Because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters. 20And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: For they are a very perverse generation, Children in whom there is no faithfulness. 21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; They have provoked me to anger with their vanities: And I will move them to jealousy with those that are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. 22For a fire is kindled in my anger, And burns unto the lowest Sheol, And devours the earth with its increase, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23I will heap evils upon them; I will spend my arrows upon them: 24They shall be wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat And bitter destruction; And the teeth of beasts will I send upon them, With the poison of crawling things of the dust. 25Without shall the sword bereave, And in the chambers terror; It shall destroy both young man and virgin, The suckling with the man of gray hairs.

26I said, I would scatter them afar, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men; 27Were it not that I feared the provocation of the enemy, unless their adversaries should judge amiss, unless they should say, Our hand is exalted, And Jehovah has not done all this. 28For they are a nation void of counsel, And there is no understanding in them. 29Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end! 30How should one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, And Jehovah had delivered them up? 31For their rock is not as our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges. 32For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, And of the fields of Gomorrah: Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter: 33Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of asps. 34Is not this laid up in store with me, Sealed up among my treasures? 35Vengeance is mine, and recompense, At the time when their foot shall slide: For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things that are to come upon them shall be hurried. 36For Jehovah will judge his people, And repent himself for his servants; When he sees that their power is gone, And there is none remaining, shut up or left at large. 37And he will say, Where are their gods, The rock in which they took refuge; 38Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink-offering? Let them rise up and help you, Let them be your protection.

39See now that I, even I, am he, And there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; And there is none that can deliver out of my hand. 40For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live for ever, 41If I whet my glittering sword, And my hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to my adversaries, And will recompense them that hate me. 42I will make my arrows drunk with blood, And my sword shall devour flesh; With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the head of the leaders of the enemy. 43Rejoice, O you nations, with his people: For he will avenge the blood of his servants, And will render vengeance to his adversaries, And will make expiation for his land, for his people.

44And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Ho-she-a the son of Nun. 45And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel; 46And he said unto them, Set your heart unto all the words which I testify unto you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, even all the words of this law. 47For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, where you go over the Jordan to possess it. 48And Jehovah spoke unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, 49Get you up into this mountain of Ab-a-rim, unto mount Ne-bo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession; 50and die in the mount where you go up, and be gathered unto your people, as Aaron your brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: 51because you trespassed against me in the midst of the children of Israel at the waters of Mer-i-bah of Ka-desh, in the wilderness of Zin; because you sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. 52For you shall see the land before you; but you shall not go there into the land which I give the children of Israel.

 

33 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. 2And he said, Jehovah came from Si-nai, And rose from Se-ir unto them; He shined forth from mount Par-an, And he came from the ten thousands of holy ones: At his right hand was a fiery law for them. 3Yes, he loves the people; All his saints are in your hand: And they sat down at your feet; Every one shall receive of your words. 4Moses commanded us a law, An inheritance for the assembly of Jacob. 5And he was king in Je-shu-run, When the heads of the people were gathered, All the tribes of Israel together.

6Let Reuben live, and not die; Nor let his men be few. 7And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, Jehovah, the voice of Judah, And bring him in unto his people. With his hands he contended for himself; And you shall be a help against his adversaries.

8And of Levi he said, your Thum-mim and your U-rim are with your godly one, Whom you did prove at Mas-sah, With whom you did strive at the waters of Mer-i-bah; 9Who said of his father, and of his mother, I have not seen him; Neither did he acknowledge his brethren, Nor knew he his own children: For they have observed your word, And keep your covenant. 10They shall teach Jacob your ordinances, And Israel your law: They shall put incense before you, And whole burnt-offering upon your altar. 11Bless, Jehovah, his substance, And accept the work of his hands: Smite through the loins of them that rise up against him, And of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

12Of Benjamin he said, The beloved of Jehovah shall dwell in safety by him; He covers him all the day long, And he dwells between his shoulders. 13And of Joseph he said, Blessed of Jehovah be his land, For the precious things of heaven, for the dew, And for the deep that couches beneath, 14And for the precious things of the fruits of the sun, And for the precious things of the growth of the moons, 15And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, And for the precious things of the everlasting hills, 16And for the precious things of the earth and the fulness thereof, And the good will of him that dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, And upon the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. 17The firstling of his herd, majesty is his; And his horns are the horns of the wild-ox: With them he shall push the peoples all of them, even the ends of the earth: And they are the ten thousands of E-phra-im, And they are the thousands of Ma-nas-seh.

18And of Ze-bu-lun he said, Rejoice, Ze-bu-lun, in your going out; And, Is-sa-char, in your tents. 19They shall call the peoples unto the mountain; There shall they offer sacrifices of righteousness: For they shall suck the abundance of the seas, And the hidden treasures of the sand. 20And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlarges Gad: He dwells as a lioness, And tears the arm, yes, the crown of the head. 21And he provided the first part for himself, For there was the lawgiverís portion reserved; And he came with the heads of the people; He executed the righteousness of Jehovah, And his ordinances with Israel.

22And of Dan he said, Dan is a lionís whelp, That leaps forth from Ba-shan. 23And of Naph-ta-li he said, O Naph-ta-li, satisfied with favor, And full with the blessing of Jehovah, Possess the west and the south. 24And of Asher he said, Blessed be Asher with children; Let him be acceptable unto his brethren, And let him dip his foot in oil. 25Your bars shall be iron and brass; And as your days, so shall your strength be.

26There is none like unto God, O Je-shu-run, Who rides upon the heavens for your help, And in his excellency on the skies. 27The eternal God is your dwelling-place, And underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy from before you, And said, Destroy. 28And Israel dwells in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; yes, his heavens drop down dew. 29Happy are you, O Israel: Who is like unto you, a people saved by Jehovah, The shield of your help, And the sword of your excellency! And your enemies shall submit themselves unto you; And you shall tread upon their high places.

 

34 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto mount Ne-bo, to the top of Pis-gah, that is over against Jericho. And Jehovah showed him all the land of Gil-e-ad, unto Dan, 2and all Naph-ta-li, and the land of E-phra-im and Ma-nas-seh, and all the land of Judah, unto the hinder sea, 3and the South, and the Plain of the valley of Jericho the city of palm-trees, unto Zo-ar. 4And Jehovah said unto him, This is the land which I swore unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto your seed: I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.

5So Moses the servant of Jehovah died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of Jehovah. 6And he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab over against Beth-pe-or: but no man knows of his sepulchre unto this day. 7And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 8And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping in the mourning for Moses were ended.

9And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel listened unto him, and did as Jehovah commanded Moses. 10And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom Jehovah knew face to face, 11in all the signs and the wonders, which Jehovah sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, 12and in all the mighty hand, and in all the great terror, which Moses worked in the sight of all Israel.

  

   

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