The Essence of the Law

12 “And now, Israel, (A)what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to (B)love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today (C)for your [a]good? 14 Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the (D)Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it. 15 The Lord delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their [b]descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. 16 Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your (E)heart, and be (F)stiff-necked[c] no longer. 17 For the Lord your God is (G)God of gods and (H)Lord of lords, the great God, (I)mighty and awesome, who (J)shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 (K)He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20 (L)You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name. 21 He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. 22 Your fathers went down to Egypt with seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of heaven in multitude.

Love and Obedience Rewarded

11 “Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.


  1. Deuteronomy 10:13 benefit or welfare
  2. Deuteronomy 10:15 Lit. seed
  3. Deuteronomy 10:16 rebellious

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