Moses Commands Obedience

“Now, O Israel, listen to (A)the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and [a]possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you.

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  1. Deuteronomy 4:1 take possession of

“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.

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Only take heed to yourself, and diligently (A)keep yourself, lest you (B)forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And (C)teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

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14 And (A)the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might [a]observe them in the land which you cross over to possess.

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  1. Deuteronomy 4:14 do or perform

The Greatest Commandment

“Now this is (A)the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, (B)that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, (C)and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and [a]be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may (D)multiply greatly (E)as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—(F)‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’

(G)“Hear, O Israel: [b]The Lord our God, the Lord is one! (H)You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, (I)with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And (J)these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. (K)You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (L)You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (M)You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Caution Against Disobedience

10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He [c]swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities (N)which you did not build,

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 6:3 Lit. observe to do
  2. Deuteronomy 6:4 Or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone, i.e., the only one
  3. Deuteronomy 6:10 promised

12 (A)Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law, 13 and that their children, (B)who have not known it, (C)may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.”

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Ezra Reads and Explains the Law

Now all (A)the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was (B)in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the (C)scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought (D)the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding (E)on the first day of the seventh month. Then he (F)read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate [a]from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.

So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people (G)stood up. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God.

Then all the people (H)answered, “Amen, Amen!” while (I)lifting up their hands. And they (J)bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, (K)helped the people to understand the Law; and the people (L)stood in their place. So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.

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Footnotes

  1. Nehemiah 8:3 Lit. from the light

28 And to man He said,
‘Behold, (A)the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

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(A)The law of the Lord is perfect, [a]converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making (B)wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than (C)gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the [b]honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors?
(D)Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from (E)presumptuous sins;
Let them not have (F)dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of [c]great transgression.

14 (G)Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my [d]strength and my (H)Redeemer.

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  1. Psalm 19:7 restoring
  2. Psalm 19:10 honey in the combs
  3. Psalm 19:13 Or much
  4. Psalm 19:14 Lit. rock

11 (A)Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

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13 (A)Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
14 (B)For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
And (C)all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 (D)Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 (E)Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is (F)a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who [a]retain her.

19 (G)The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were (H)broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
23 (I)Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 (J)Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.

27 (K)Do not withhold good from [b]those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 (L)Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,
When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 (M)Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.

31 (N)Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
(O)But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 (P)The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But (Q)He blesses the home of the just.
34 (R)Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 3:18 hold her fast
  2. Proverbs 3:27 Lit. its owners

Security in Wisdom

Hear, (A)my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
When I was my father’s son,
(B)Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
(C)He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
(D)Keep my commands, and live.
(E)Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
(F)Love her, and she will keep you.
(G)Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
(H)Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head (I)an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
(J)And the years of your life will be many.

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The Excellence of Wisdom

Does not (A)wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She takes her stand on the top of the [a]high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
“To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
O you [b]simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
Listen, for I will speak of (B)excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 8:2 Lit. heights
  2. Proverbs 8:5 naive

11 (A)For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

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14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

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19 (A)Wisdom strengthens the wise
More than ten rulers of the city.

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