The great commandment
1Now these are the commandments, the regulations, and the case laws that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you to follow in the land you are entering to possess, 2so that you will fear the Lord your God by keeping all his regulations and his commandments that I am commanding you—both you and your sons and daughters—all the days of your life and so that you will lengthen your life. 3Listen to them, Israel! Follow them carefully so that things will go well for you and so that you will continue to multiply exactly as the Lord, your ancestors’ God, promised you, in a land full of milk and honey.
4Israel, listen! Our God is the Lord! Only the Lord!#Or The Lord is our God, the Lord only; or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone; or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
5Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. 6These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. 7Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. 8Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol.#Heb uncertain; cf Exod 13:16; Syr sign or mark; Tg phylacteries 9Write them on your house’s doorframes and on your city’s gates.
10Now once the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to you—a land that will be full of large and wonderful towns that you didn’t build, 11houses stocked with all kinds of goods that you didn’t stock, cisterns that you didn’t make, vineyards and olive trees that you didn’t plant—and you eat and get stuffed, 12watch yourself! Don’t forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13Revere the Lord your God, serve him, and take your solemn pledges in his name! 14Don’t follow other gods, those gods of the people around you—15because the Lord your God, who is with you and among you, is a passionate God. The Lord your God’s anger will burn against you, and he will wipe you off the fertile land. 16Don’t test the Lord your God the way you frustrated him at Massah. 17You must carefully follow the Lord your God’s commands along with the laws and regulations he has given you. 18Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight so that things will go well for you and so you will enter and take possession of the wonderful land that the Lord swore to your ancestors, 19and so the Lord will drive out all your enemies from before you, just as he promised.
The next generation
20In the future, your children will ask you, "What is the meaning of the laws,#Or What are the laws…? the regulations, and the case laws that the Lord our God commanded you?" 21tell them: We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. But the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22Before our own eyes, the Lord performed great and awesome deeds of power#Or signs and wonders against Egypt, Pharaoh, and his entire dynasty. 23But the Lord brought us out from there so that he could bring us in, giving us the land that he swore to our ancestors. 24Then the Lord commanded us to perform all these regulations, revering the Lord our God, so that things go well for us always and so we continue to live, as we’re doing right now. 25What’s more, we will be considered righteous if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as he commanded us.
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