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Deuteronomy 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Moses Urges Israel to Obey
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:1 - “And now, Israel, listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:2 - Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:3 - “You saw for yourself what the LORD did to you at Baal-peor. There the LORD your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped Baal, the god of Peor.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:4 - But all of you who were faithful to the LORD your God are still alive today—every one of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:5 - “Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:6 - Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:7 - For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:8 - And what great nation has decrees and regulations as righteous and fair as this body of instructions that I am giving you today?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:9 - “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:10 - Never forget the day when you stood before the LORD your God at Mount Sinai,[fn] where he told me, ‘Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:11 - “You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while flames from the mountain shot into the sky. The mountain was shrouded in black clouds and deep darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:12 - And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:13 - He proclaimed his covenant—the Ten Commandments[fn]—which he commanded you to keep, and which he wrote on two stone tablets.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:14 - It was at that time that the LORD commanded me to teach you his decrees and regulations so you would obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
A Warning against Idolatry
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:15 - “But be very careful! You did not see the LORD’s form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:16 - So do not corrupt yourselves by making an idol in any form—whether of a man or a woman,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:17 - an animal on the ground, a bird in the sky,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:18 - a small animal that scurries along the ground, or a fish in the deepest sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:19 - And when you look up into the sky and see the sun, moon, and stars—all the forces of heaven—don’t be seduced into worshiping them. The LORD your God gave them to all the peoples of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:20 - Remember that the LORD rescued you from the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt in order to make you his very own people and his special possession, which is what you are today.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:21 - “But the LORD was angry with me because of you. He vowed that I would not cross the Jordan River into the good land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:22 - You will cross the Jordan to occupy the land, but I will not. Instead, I will die here on the east side of the river.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:23 - So be careful not to break the covenant the LORD your God has made with you. Do not make idols of any shape or form, for the LORD your God has forbidden this.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:24 - The LORD your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:25 - “In the future, when you have children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time, do not corrupt yourselves by making idols of any kind. This is evil in the sight of the LORD your God and will arouse his anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:26 - “Today I call on heaven and earth as witnesses against you. If you break my covenant, you will quickly disappear from the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. You will live there only a short time; then you will be utterly destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:27 - For the LORD will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:28 - There, in a foreign land, you will worship idols made from wood and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:29 - But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:30 - “In the distant future, when you are suffering all these things, you will finally return to the LORD your God and listen to what he tells you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:31 - For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.
There Is Only One God
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:32 - “Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:33 - Has any nation ever heard the voice of God[fn] speaking from fire—as you did—and survived?
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:34 - Has any other god dared to take a nation for himself out of another nation by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the LORD your God did for you in Egypt, right before your eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:35 - “He showed you these things so you would know that the LORD is God and there is no other.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:36 - He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:37 - Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants, and he personally brought you out of Egypt with a great display of power.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:38 - He drove out nations far greater than you, so he could bring you in and give you their land as your special possession, as it is today.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:39 - “So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:40 - If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”
Eastern Cities of Refuge
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:41 - Then Moses set apart three cities of refuge east of the Jordan River.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:42 - Anyone who killed another person unintentionally, without previous hostility, could flee there to live in safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:43 - These were the cities: Bezer on the wilderness plateau for the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead for the tribe of Gad; Golan in Bashan for the tribe of Manasseh.
Introduction to Moses’ Second Address
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:44 - This is the body of instruction that Moses presented to the Israelites.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:45 - These are the laws, decrees, and regulations that Moses gave to the people of Israel when they left Egypt,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:46 - and as they camped in the valley near Beth-peor east of the Jordan River. (This land was formerly occupied by the Amorites under King Sihon, who ruled from Heshbon. But Moses and the Israelites destroyed him and his people when they came up from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:47 - Israel took possession of his land and that of King Og of Bashan—the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:48 - So Israel conquered the entire area from Aroer at the edge of the Arnon Gorge all the way to Mount Sirion,[fn] also called Mount Hermon.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 4:49 - And they conquered the eastern bank of the Jordan River as far south as the Dead Sea,[fn] below the slopes of Pisgah.)
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai; also in 4:15.
Hebrew the ten words.
Or voice of a god.
As in Syriac version (see also 3:9); Hebrew reads Mount Sion.
Hebrew took the Arabah on the east side of the Jordan as far as the sea of the Arabah.

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