Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments,
which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess
the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
Ye shall not add unto
the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it,
that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Moses continues his speech, saying,
Don't add to, or take away from, the commands that I have given you. 
Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor:
for all the men
that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
You saw what God did because of Baalpeor. 
God killed many among you.
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God
commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding
in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say,
Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the
LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so
righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget
the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart
all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
I've taught you the laws that God gave me.
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb,
when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make
them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they
shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned
with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick
Remember when you stood in front of God in Horeb, and God said to me,
Everyone must fear me all the days of their lives.
And they should teach their children to fear me. 
And when you stood under the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the
voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
And God spoke to you out of the fire.
You didn't see him, but you heard a voice. 
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform,
even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and
judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess
And God gave you ten commandments, which he wrote on stone tablets.
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of
similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst
of the fire:
Lest ye corrupt
yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the
likeness of male or female,
The likeness of any
beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in
The likeness of any
thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the
waters beneath the earth:
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun,
and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be
driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided
unto all nations under the whole heaven.
But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron
furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye
are this day.
Take heed not to make any graven image of anything -- the likeness of a man or a woman, beast or fowl,
creeping thing or fish. 
Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I
should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land,
which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:
But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go
over, and possess that good land.
God was mad at me because of you, and he swore I'd never cross the Jordan, but I would die in this land.
Take heed unto
yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he
made with you, and make
you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God
hath forbidden thee.
So don't forget God's covenant and make any graven images or the likeness of anything. 
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Because God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have
remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and
make a graven
image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the
LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that
soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess
it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
When you or your children, or your children's children, corrupt yourselves by making a graven image or
likeness of anything, you will be destroyed. 
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few
in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone,
which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him,
if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee,
even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be
obedient unto his voice;
And God will scatter you among the nations, so you'll be few in number compared to the heathens. 
(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee,
neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the
day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven
unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing
is, or hath been heard like it?
(Because God is merciful.) 
Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the
fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Who else has heard God speaking out of a fire and live?
Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another
nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a
mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to
all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
God showed his mighty wonders and great terrors in Egypt before your eyes. 
Unto thee it was
shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none
else beside him.
He did all these things to show that he is God and there's no other gods like him. 
Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:
and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words
out of the midst of the fire.
And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after
them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art,
to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this
You heard his voice from heaven, and he showed you his great fire. And you heard his words from out of the fire.
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven
above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
God is in heaven and on earth; there's no one else.
Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I
command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children
after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD
thy God giveth thee, for ever.
Keep the commandments that I give you today, so everything will go well for you and your children on the
earth, which God gives you forever. 
Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour
unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of
these cities he might live:
Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites;
and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the
And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which
Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt.
On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Bethpeor, in the land of
Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the
children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:
And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings
of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion,
which is Hermon,
And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the
plain, under the springs of Pisgah.
Moses established three cites in the Transjordan as cities of refuge.
These cities were safe places for accidental killers.
- Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you neither shall ye diminish ought from it.
This verse is one of those that prevents Bible-believers from cleaning up the Bible.
So they're stuck with the unedited version.
- All the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed
them from among you. (v.3)
Drunk With Blood - Phinehas's double murder:
A killing to end God's killing (Cf. Numbers 25:1-9)
- That they may learn to fear me all the days that they
shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. (v.10)
Should we fear God?
- Ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. (v.12)
Did the Israelites see God face to face on Mount Horeb?
- Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure.
All art is an abomination to God.
No image of anything (humans, mammals, birds, fish, or insects) is permitted.
Is it OK to make images?
- Lest ye forget ... and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing. (v.23)
This anti-art commandment seems to be the most important commandment by far, judging from the number of times Moses
- When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall ... corrupt yourselves,
and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing ... ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land. (v.)
Once again, Moses warns us about the graphic arts.
If someone makes an image of anything (like a bird or flower) then God will destroy the entire nation.
- The LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen.
Will there be many Jews?
- For the LORD thy God is a merciful God (v.31)
Is God merciful?
- By war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors
What the Bible says about terrorism
- That thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him (v.35)
The LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
How many gods are there?
- The earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever. (v.40)
Will the earth last forever?
- Don't add any commandments.
- Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you. 4:2a
- Don't delete any commandments.
- Ye shall not ... diminish ought from it [the commandments]. 4:2a
- Don't make an artistic representation of anything.
- Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make ... the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth. 4:16-18
- Don't make any graven images.
- Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget ... and make you a graven image. 4:23
- Don't do evil in the sight of the Lord.
- Ye ... shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger ... that ye shall soon utterly perish. 4:25-26
- Make six cities of refuge (three on each side of the Jordan River), where accidental murderers can flee.
- Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising; That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares,
and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:
Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites. 4:41-43
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