Obedience Commanded

Now, Israel, hear the decrees(A) and laws I am about to teach(B) you. Follow them so that you may live(C) and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.

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29 “You warned(A) them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant(B) and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’(C) Stubbornly they turned their backs(D) on you, became stiff-necked(E) and refused to listen.(F)

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Give ear and come to me;
    listen,(A) that you may live.(B)
I will make an everlasting covenant(C) with you,
    my faithful love(D) promised to David.(E)

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He follows my decrees(A)
    and faithfully keeps my laws.
That man is righteous;(B)
    he will surely live,(C)
declares the Sovereign Lord.

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11 I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, by which the person who obeys them will live.(A)

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This is what the Lord says to Israel:

“Seek(A) me and live;(B)
    do not seek Bethel,
do not go to Gilgal,(C)
    do not journey to Beersheba.(D)
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
    and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.[a](E)
Seek(F) the Lord and live,(G)
    or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;(H)
it will devour them,
    and Bethel(I) will have no one to quench it.(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 5:5 Hebrew aven, a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel); see Hosea 4:15.

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”(A)

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Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 10:5 Lev. 18:5

12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. Galatians 3:12 Lev. 18:5