Moses Last Words To His People
THE forty years of wandering were coming to an end and Moses spoke to the
people of Israel, saying:"Now these are the commandments,the statutes,
and the judgments which the Lord your God commanded me to teach you,
so that you might do them in the land which you go to Possess.
Hear, therefore, O Israel, and be sure to do it,
that all may be well with you and that you may increase mightily,
as the Lord God of your fathers promised you,
in the land flowing with milk and honey.
"The Lord our God is one Lord,
and you shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might.
"And these words which I command you this day shall be in your heart,
and you shall teach them carefully to your children.
You shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk along the road, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
And you shall write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates.
"You shall fear the Lord your God, and serve him, and shall swear by his name.
You shall not go after other gods,
the gods of the people who are round about you,
lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you
and destroy you from the face of the earth.
"And it shall come to pass when your son asks you in time to come,
'What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean?'
that you shall say to your son, 'We
were Pharaoh's servants in Egypt,
and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand,
and the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt,
against Pharaoh, and against all his household,before our eyes.
"'And he brought us out from there that he might bring us into
and give us the land which he promised to our fathers.
And the Lord commanded us to obey all these statutes:
to fear the Lord our God, for our good always,
that he might preserve us alive as it is this day.
And it shall be our righteousness if we observe all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.'
"All these commandments I have given you,
so that you may live,and multiply,
and go in to possess the land which the Lord promised to your fathers.
And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God led
you for these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to test you,
to know what was in your hearts,whether you would keep his commandments or not.
And he humbled you, and caused you to go hungry, and fed you with manna,
which neither you nor your fathers had ever seen before,
so that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
"You shall also remember that as a father punishes his son,
so the Lord your God punishes you.
Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God,
to walk in his ways and to stand in awe of him.
"For the Lord your God is bringing you to a good land,
a land of brooks and water, of fountains
and wells that spring out of valleys and hills;
a land of wheat and barley, of vines, fig trees and pomegranates;
a land of oil-olives and honey;
a land where you shall have plenty of bread to eat,
where you shall not lack any thing; a land whose stones are iron
and out of whose hills you may dig brass.
"When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God,
and give him thanks for the good land he has given you.
"Beware that you forget not the Lord your God; that you keep his commandments,
his judgments and his laws which I have given you.
"Take care that when you have eaten and are full,
and have built fine houses to live in, and when your herds
and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold and all that you have has increased,
that you do not become proud and forget the Lord your God who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery;
who led you through that great and terrible wilderness,
where there were fierce serpents, and scorpions,
and drought, and not a drop of water.
Do not forget the Lord who brought you water out of the rock of flint,
who fed you in the wilderness with manna so that he might humble you and test you.
Take care that You do not say in your hearts, 'My power and the strength of my hand have got me these riches.'
"But you shall remember the Lord your God,
for it is he who makes you able to get riches,
so that he may keep the promise which he made to your fathers, as he does today.
"And it shall be, if you ever forget the Lord your God,
and follow other gods and worship them, you shall indeed perish.
You shall perish as the nations which the Lord has destroyed before your eyes,
because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God."
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