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The Essence of the Law

12 “And now, Israel, qwhat does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to rlove Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today sfor your 6good? 14 Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the tLord your God, also the earth with all that is in it. 15 The Lord delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their 7descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. 16 Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your uheart, and be vstiff-necked 8no longer. 17 For the Lord your God is wGod of gods and xLord of lords, the great God, ymighty and awesome, who zshows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 aHe administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20 bYou shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name. 21 He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. 22 Your fathers went down to Egypt with seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of heaven in multitude.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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