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Devarim/Deuteronomy  3:23 - 7:11

Chapter 3

23 I implored Hashem at that time, saying:  24 "My Lord, Hashem/Elohim, you have begun show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for what power is there in the heaven or on the earth that can perform according to Your deeds and according to Your mighty acts?  25 Let me now cross and see the good Land that is on the other side of the Jordan, this good mountain and the Lebanon."

26 But Hashem became angry with me because of you, and He did not listen to me; Hashem said to me, "It is too much for you! Do not continue to speak to Me further about this matter.  27 Ascend to the top of the cliff and raise your eyes westward, northward, southward, and eastward, and see with your eyes, for you shall not cross this Jordan.  28 But you shall command Joshua, and strengthen him and give him resolve, for he shall cross before the people and he shall cause them to inherit the Land that you will see."

29 So we remained in the valley, opposite Beth-peor.

Chapter 4

1 Now, O Israel, listen to the decrees and to the ordinances that I teach you to perform, so that you may live, and you will come and possess the Land that Hashem, the God of your forefathers, gives you.  2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor shall you subtract from it, to observe the commandments of Hashem, your God, that I command you.  3 Your eyes have seen what Hashem did with Baal-peor, for every man that followed Baal-peor — Hashem, your God, destroyed him from your midst.  4 But you who cling to Hashem, your God — you are all alive today.

5 See, I have taught you decrees and ordinances, as Hashem, my God, has commanded me, to do so in the midst of the Land to which you come, to possess it.  6 You shall safeguard and perform them, for it is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the peoples, who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, "Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!"  7 For which is a great nation that has a God Who is close to it, as is Hashem, our God, whenever we call to Him?  8 And which is a great nation that has righteous decrees and ordinances, such as this entire Torah that I place before you this day?  9 Only beware for yourself and greatly beware for your soul, lest you forget the things that your eyes have beheld and lest you remove them from your heart all the days of your life, and make them known to your children and your children's children;  10 the day that you stood before Hashem, your God, at Horeb, when Hashem said to me, "Gather the people to Me and I shall let them hear My words, so that they shall learn to fear Me all the days that they live on the earth, and they shall teach their children."

11 So you approached and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire up to the heart of heaven, darkness, cloud, and thick cloud.

12 Hashem spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you were hearing the sound of words, but you were not seeing a form, only a sound.  13 He told you of His covenant that He commanded you to observe, the Ten Declarations, and He inscribed them on two stone Tablets.  14 Hashem commanded me at that time to teach you decrees and ordinances, that you shall perform them in the Land to which you cross, to possess it.  15 But you shall greatly beware for your souls, for you did not see any likeness on the day Hashem spoke to you at Horeb, from the midst of the fire;  16 lest you act corruptly and make yourselves a carved image, a likeness of any shape; a form of a male or a female;  17 a form of any animal on the earth; a form of any winged bird that flies in the heaven;  18 a form of anything that creeps on the ground, a form of any fish that is in the water under the earth;  19 and lest you raise your eyes to the heaven and you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars — the entire legion of heaven — and you be drawn astray and bow to them and worship them, which Hashem, your God, has apportioned to all the peoples under the entire heaven.  20 But Hashem has taken you and withdrawn you from the iron crucible, from Egypt, to be a nation of heritage for Him, as this very day.

21 Hashem became angry with me because of you, and He swore that I would not cross the Jordan and not come to the good Land that Hashem, your God, gives you as a heritage.  22 For I will die in this land; I am not crossing the Jordan — but you are crossing and you shall possess this good Land.  23 Beware for yourselves lest you forget the covenant of Hashem, your God, that He has sealed with you, and you make yourselves a carved image, a likeness of anything, as Hashem, your God, has commanded you.  24 For Hashem, your God — He is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

25 When you beget children and grandchildren and will have been long in the Land, you will grow corrupt and make a carved image of anything, and you will do evil in the eyes of Hashem, your God, to anger Him.  26 I appoint heaven and earth this day to bear witness against you that you will surely perish quickly from the Land to which you are crossing the Jordan to possess; you shall not have lengthy days upon it, for you will be destroyed.  27 Hashem will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where Hashem will lead you.  28 There you will serve gods, the handiwork of man, of wood and stone, which do not see, and do not hear, and do not eat, and do not smell.

29 From there you will seek Hashem, your God, and you will find Him, if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.  30 When you are in distress and all these things have befallen you, at the end of days, you will return unto Hashem, your God, and hearken to His voice.  31 For Hashem, your God, is a merciful God, He will not abandon you nor destroy you, and He will not forget the covenant of your forefathers that He swore to them.  32 For inquire now regarding the early days that preceded you, from the day when Hashem created man on the earth, and from one end of heaven to the other end of heaven - Has there ever been anything like this great thing or has anything like it been heard?  33 Has a people ever heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire as you have heard, and survived?  34 Or has any god ever miraculously come to take for himself a nation from amidst a nation, with challenges, with signs, and with wonders, and with war, and with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with greatly awesome deeds, such as everything that Hashem, your God, did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  35 You have been shown in order to know that Hashem, He is the God! There is none beside Him.

36 From heaven He caused you to hear His voice in order to teach you, and on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire;  37 because He loved your forefathers, and He chose his offspring after him, and took you out before Himself with His great strength from Egypt;  38 to drive away before you nations that are greater and mightier than you, to bring you, to give you their land as an inheritance, as this very day.  39 You shall know this day and take to your heart that Hashem, He is the God — in heaven above and on the earth below — there is none other.  40 You shall observe His decrees and His commandments that I command you this day, so that He will do good to you and to your children after you, and so that you will prolong your days on the Land that Hashem, your God, gives you, for all the days.

41 Then Moses set aside three cities on the bank of the Jordan, toward the rising sun;  42 for a murderer to flee there, who will have killed his fellow without knowledge, but who was not an enemy of his from yesterday and before yesterday — then he shall flee to one of these cities and live.  43 Bezer in the wilderness, in the land of the plain, of the Reubenite; Ramoth in the Gilead, of the Gadite; and Golan in the Bashan, of the Manassite.

44 This is the teaching that Moses placed before the Children of Israel.  45 These are the testimonies, the decrees, and the ordinances that Moses spoke to the Children of Israel, when they left Egypt;  46 on the bank of the Jordan, in the valley, opposite Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon, king of the Amorite, who dwells in Heshbon, whom Moses and the Children of Israel smote when they went out of Egypt.  47 They possessed his land and the land of Og the king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorite, which are on the bank of the Jordan, where the sun rises;  48 from Aroer that is by the shore of Arnon Brook until Mount Sion, which is Hermon;  49 and the entire Arabah, the eastern bank of the Jordan until the Sea of Aravah, under the waterfalls of the cliffs.

Chapter 5

1 Moses called all of Israel and said to them - Hear, O Israel, the decrees and the ordinances that I speak in your ears today; learn them, and be careful to perform them.  2 Hashem, our God, sealed a covenant with us at Horeb.  3 Not with our forefathers did Hashem seal this covenant, but with us — we who are here, all of us alive today.  4 Face to face did Hashem speak with you on the mountain, from amid the fire.  5 I was standing between Hashem and you at that time, to relate the word of Hashem to you — for you were afraid of the fire and you did not ascend the mountain — saying:

6 I am Hashem, your God, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

7 You shall not recognize the gods of others in My Presence.

8 You shall not make yourself a carved image of any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth.  9 You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am Hashem, your God — a jealous God, Who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies;  10 but Who shows kindness for thousands [of generations], to those who love Me and observe My commandments.

11 You shall not take the Name of Hashem, your God, in vain, for Hashem will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain.

12 Safeguard the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as Hashem, your God, has commanded you.  13 Six ' days shall you labor and accomplish all your work;  14 but the seventh day is Sabbath to Hashem, your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son, your daughter, your slave, your maidservant, your ox, your donkey, and your every animal, and your convert within your gates, in order that your slave and your maidservant may rest like you.  15 And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Hashem, your God, has taken you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm; therefore Hashem, your God, has commanded you to make the Sabbath day.

16 Honor your father and your mother, as Hashem, your God, commanded you, so that your days will be lengthened and so that it will be good for you, upon the land that Hashem, your God, gives you.

17 You shall not kill; and you shall not commit adultery; and you shall not steal; and you shall not bear vain witness against your fellow.

18 And you shall not covet your fellow's wife, you shall not desire your fellow's house, his field, his slave, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that belongs to your fellow.

19 These words Hashem spoke to your entire congregation on the mountain, from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick cloud — a great voice, never to be repeated — and He inscribed them on two stone Tablets and gave them to me.  20 It happened that when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness and the mountain was burning in fire, that all the heads of your tribes and your elders approached me.

21 They said, "Behold! Hashem, our God, has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire; this day we saw that Hashem will speak to a person and he can live.  22 But now, why should we die when this great fire consumes us? If we continue to hear the voice of Hashem, our God, any longer, we will die.  23 For is there any human that has heard the voice of the Living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?  24 You should approach and hear whatever Hashem, our God, will say, and you should speak to us whatever Hashem, our God, will speak to you — then we shall hear and we shall do."

25 Hashem heard the sound of your words when you spoke to me, and Hashem said to me, "I heard the sound of the words of this people, that they have spoken to you; they did well in all that they spoke.  26 Who can assure that this heart should remain theirs, to fear Me and observe all My commandments all the days, so that it should be good for them and for their children forever?  27 Go say to them, 'Return to your tents.'  28 But as for you, stand here with Me and I shall speak to you the entire commandment, and the decrees, and the ordinances that you shall teach them and they shall perform in the Land that I give them, to possess it."

29 You shall be careful to act as Hashem, your God, commanded you, you shall not stray to the right or left.  30 On the entire way that Hashem, your God, commanded you shall you go, so that you shall live and it will be good for you, and you shall prolong your days in the Land that you shall possess.

Chapter 6

1 This is the commandment, and the decrees, and the ordinances that Hashem, your God, commanded to teach you, to perform in the Land to which you are crossing, to possess it;  2 so that you will fear Hashem, your God, to observe all His decrees and commandments that I command you — you, your child, and your grandchild — all the days of your life, so that your days will be lengthened.  3 You shall hearken, O Israel, and beware to perform, so that it will be good for you, and so that you will increase very much, as Hashem, the God of your forefathers, spoke for you — a land flowing with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Israel - Hashem is our God, Hashem is the One and Only.  5 You shall love Hashem, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources.  6 And these matters that I command you today shall be upon your heart.  7 You shall teach them thoroughly to your children and you shall speak of them while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise.  8 Bind them as a sign upon your arm and let them be ornaments between your eyes.  9 And write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

10 It shall be that when Hashem, your God, brings you to the Land that Hashem swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you — great and good cities that you did not build;  11 houses filled with every good thing that you did not fill, chiseled cisterns that you did not chisel, orchards and olive trees that you did not plant — and you shall eat and be satisfied;  12 beware for yourself lest you forget Hashem Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.  13 Hashem, your God, shall you fear, Him shall you serve, and in His Name shall you swear.  14 You shall not follow after gods of others, of the gods of the peoples that are around you.  15 For a jealous God is Hashem, your God, among you — lest the wrath of Hashem, your God, will flare against you and He destroy you from upon the face of the earth.

16 You shall not test Hashem, your God, as you tested Him at Massah.  17 You shall surely observe the commandments of Hashem, your God, and His testimonies and His decrees that He commanded you.  18 You shall do what is fair and good in the eyes of Hashem, so that it will be good for you, and you shall come and possess the good Land that Hashem swore to your forefathers;  19 to thrust away all your enemies from before you, as Hashem spoke.

20 If your child asks you tomorrow, saying, "What are the testimonies and the decrees and the ordinances that Hashem, our God, commanded you?"

21 You shall say to your child, "We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and Hashem took us out of Egypt with a strong hand.  22 Hashem placed signs and wonders, great and harmful, against Egypt, against Pharaoh and against his entire household, before our eyes.  23 And He took us out of there in order to bring us, to give us the Land that He swore to our forefathers.  24 Hashem commanded us to perform all these decrees, to fear Hashem, our God, for our good, all the days, to give us life, as this very day.  25 And it will be a merit for us if we are careful to perform this entire commandment before Hashem, our God, as He commanded us.

Chapter 7

1 When Hashem, your God, will bring you to the Land to which you come to possess it, and many nations will be thrust away from before you — the Hittite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivvite, and the Jebusite — seven nations greater and mightier than you;  2 and Hashem, your God, will deliver them before you, and you will smite them — you shall utterly destroy them; you shall not seal a covenant with them nor shall you show them favor.  3 You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son;  4 for he will cause your child to turn away from after Me and they will worship the gods of others; then Hashem's wrath will burn against you, and He will destroy you quickly.  5 Rather, so shall you do to them - Their altars shall you break apart; their pillars shall you smash; their sacred trees shall you cut down; and their carved images shall you burn in fire.

6 For you are a holy people to Hashem, your God; Hashem, your God, has chosen you to be for Him a treasured people above all the peoples that are on the face of the earth.  7 Not because you are more numerous than all the peoples did Hashem desire you and choose you, for you are the fewest of all the peoples.  8 Rather, because of Hashem's love for you and because He observes the oath that He swore to your forefathers did He take you out with a strong hand and redeem you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.  9 You must know that Hashem, your God — He is the God, the faithful God, Who safeguards the covenant and the kindness for those who love Him and for those who observe His commandments, for a thousand generations.  10 And He repays His enemies in his lifetime to make him perish; He shall not delay for His enemy — in his lifetime He shall repay him.  11 You shall observe the commandment, and the decrees and the ordinances that I command you today, to perform them.


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