Deuteronomy 6:1–25

The Greatest Commandment

6 “Now this is athe commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, bthat you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, cand that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and 1be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may dmultiply greatly eas the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—f‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’

g“Hear, O Israel: 2The Lord our God, the Lord is one! hYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, iwith all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And jthese words which I command you today shall be in your heart. kYou shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. lYou shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. mYou shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Caution Against Disobedience

10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He 3swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities nwhich you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—owhen you have eaten and are full—12 then beware, lest you forget the pLord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 You shall qfear the Lord your God and serve Him, and rshall take oaths in His name. 14 You shall not go after other gods, sthe gods of the peoples who are all around you 15 (for tthe Lord your God is a jealous God uamong you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.

16 v“You shall not 4tempt the Lord your God was you 5tempted Him in Massah. 17 You shall xdiligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. 18 And you yshall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers, 19 zto cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken.

20 a“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt bwith a mighty hand; 22 and the Lord showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household. 23 Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He 6swore to our fathers. 24 And the Lord commanded us to 7observe all these 8statutes, cto fear the Lord our God, dfor our good always, that eHe might preserve us alive, as it is 9this day. 25 Then fit will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.’

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