Deuteronomy Chapter 6

Moses tells the Israelites to love God with all their heart and soul. God has given them their own land just as he promised to their fathers, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham. God gave them flourishing towns that they did not have to build, wells they did not dig, along with olive groves and vineyards they did not plant. Moses tells them they should never forget their Lord because He had brought them out of slavery and given them their inheritance.

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The Lord’s Anger

He goes on to tell them that they should fear God, only serve Him, as well as to only take oaths in the Lord’s name. He tells them they should never follow any other gods, idols, or people around them. The Israelites are to remember that their Lord is a very jealous God. His wrath will burn and it could completely destroy them.

They are told to not test God, like they had done at Massah. Moses explains to the Israelites that they are to keep all of God’s commandments, along with all of the many decrees He has given them. He goes on to say if they do what is right in God’s eyes, things will go well for them when they go live in their inherited land and defeat their enemies.

The Pharaoh and Egypt

Moses tells them they are to explain to their children and grandchildren about all of God’s commandments and decrees. They are also to explain to future generations about the time when they were slaves in Egypt and how God brought them out of that land with His mighty hand.

Importance of Repeating the Stories

Moses continues and says that they should tell them how they saw God’s signs and wonders in Egypt, some great while others were terrible. They are to tell the younger people what happened to the Pharaoh and his entire household. They are also to tell them how God had kept his promise to their ancestors and given them a land of their own. The Israelites are to obey all of God’s decrees, laws, and commandments because that would be their righteousness.

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Deuteronomy 6 (King James Version)

1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,

11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;

12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,

19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.

20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?

21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:

22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:

23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.

24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

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