1Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky.2The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?”3But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.4After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you.5It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.6Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.7Remember this and never forget how you aroused the anger of the LORD your God in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the LORD.8At Horeb you aroused the LORD’s wrath so that he was angry enough to destroy you.9When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.10The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.11At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant.12Then the LORD told me, “Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned away quickly from what I commanded them and have made an idol for themselves.”13And the LORD said to me, “I have seen this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!14Let me alone, so that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.”15So I turned and went down from the mountain while it was ablaze with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.16When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the LORD your God; you had made for yourselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the LORD had commanded you.17So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.18Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD’s sight and so arousing his anger.19I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the LORD listened to me.20And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too.21Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.22You also made the LORD angry at Taberah, at Massah and at Kibroth Hattaavah.23And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust him or obey him.24You have been rebellious against the LORD ever since I have known you.25I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said he would destroy you.26I prayed to the LORD and said, “Sovereign LORD, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.27Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin.28Otherwise, the country from which you brought us will say, ‘Because the LORD was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them, he brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’29But they are your people, your inheritance that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.”
1At that time the LORD said to me, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden ark.2I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark.”3So I made the ark out of acacia wood and chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hands.4The LORD wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly. And the LORD gave them to me.5Then I came back down the mountain and put the tablets in the ark I had made, as the LORD commanded me, and they are there now.6(The Israelites traveled from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah. There Aaron died and was buried, and Eleazar his son succeeded him as priest.7From there they traveled to Gudgodah and on to Jotbathah, a land with streams of water.8At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today.9That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the LORD is their inheritance, as the LORD your God told them.)10Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.11“Go,” the LORD said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”12And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,13and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?14To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.15Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.16Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.17For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.18He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.19And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.20Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.21He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.22Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.
1Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.2Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the LORD your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm;3the signs he performed and the things he did in the heart of Egypt, both to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his whole country;4what he did to the Egyptian army, to its horses and chariots, how he overwhelmed them with the waters of the Red Sea as they were pursuing you, and how the LORD brought lasting ruin on them.5It was not your children who saw what he did for you in the wilderness until you arrived at this place,6and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab the Reubenite, when the earth opened its mouth right in the middle of all Israel and swallowed them up with their households, their tents and every living thing that belonged to them.7But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done.8Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,9and so that you may live long in the land the LORD swore to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.10The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden.11But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.12It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.13So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—14then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.15I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.16Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.17Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.18Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.19Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.20Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,21so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.22If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him—23then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.24Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea.25No one will be able to stand against you. The LORD your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.26See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse—27the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today;28the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.29When the LORD your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses.30As you know, these mountains are across the Jordan, westward, toward the setting sun, near the great trees of Moreh, in the territory of those Canaanites living in the Arabah in the vicinity of Gilgal.31You are about to cross the Jordan to enter and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you have taken it over and are living there,32be sure that you obey all the decrees and laws I am setting before you today.