1Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances,
which Yahweh 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
Yahweh your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I
command you, you, and your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your
life; and that your days may be prolonged.
3Hear therefore, Israel, and
observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may
increase mightily, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised to you,
in a land flowing with milk and honey.
4Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God;
Yahweh is one:
5and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your might.
6These words, which I
command you this day, shall be on your heart;
7and you shall teach them
diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your
house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise
8You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for
symbols between your eyes.
9You shall write them on the door posts of
your house, and on your gates.
10It shall be, when Yahweh your God shall
bring you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac,
and to Jacob, to give you, great and goodly cities, which you didn’t build,
11and houses full of all good things, which you didn’t fill, and cisterns
dug out, which you didn’t dig, vineyards and olive trees, which you didn’t
plant, and you shall eat and be full;
12then beware lest you forget
Yahweh, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
13You shall fear Yahweh 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 who are round about you;
15for Yahweh your God in the
midst of you is a jealous God; lest the anger of Yahweh your God be kindled
against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.
16You shall not tempt Yahweh your God, as you tempted him in
17You shall diligently keep the commandments of Yahweh your
God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he has commanded you.
18You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of Yahweh; that
it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land
which Yahweh swore to your fathers,
19to thrust out all your enemies from
before you, as Yahweh has spoken.
20When your son asks you in time to
come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the
ordinances, which Yahweh our God has commanded you?
21then you shall tell
your son, We were Pharaoh’s bondservants in Egypt: and Yahweh brought us out
of Egypt with a mighty hand;
22and Yahweh showed great and awesome signs
and wonders on Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on 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 to our fathers.
24Yahweh commanded us to do all
these statutes, to fear Yahweh our God, for our good always, that he might
preserve us alive, as at this day.
25It shall be righteousness to us, if
we observe to do all this commandment before Yahweh our God, as he has