New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition
The Essence of the Law
12 “So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,(A) 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being. 14 Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it,(B) 15 yet the Lord set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today.(C) 16 Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer.(D) 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe,(E) 18 who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.(F) 19 You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.(G) 20 You shall fear the Lord your God; him you shall serve; to him you shall hold fast; and by his name you shall swear.(H) 21 He is your praise; he is your God who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.(I) 22 Your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in heaven.(J)Read full chapter
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