Good News Translation (GNB)
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Moses Urges Israel to be Obedient

41Then Moses said to the people, “Obey all the laws that I am teaching you, and you will live and occupy the land which the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2

4.2:
Rev 22.18–19
Do not add anything to what I command you, and do not take anything away. Obey the commands of the LORD your God that I have given you. 3
4.3:
Num 25.1–9
You yourselves saw what the LORD did at Mount Peor. He destroyed everyone who worshipped Baal there, 4but those of you who were faithful to the LORD your God are still alive today.

5“I have taught you all the laws, as the LORD my God told me to do. Obey them in the land that you are about to invade and occupy. 6Obey them faithfully, and this will show the people of other nations how wise you are. When they hear of all these laws, they will say, ‘What wisdom and understanding this great nation has!’

7“No other nation, no matter how great, has a god who is so near when they need him as the LORD our God is to us. He answers us whenever we call for help. 8No other nation, no matter how great, has laws so just as those that I have taught you today. 9Be on your guard! Make certain that you do not forget, as long as you live, what you have seen with your own eyes. Tell your children and your grandchildren 10about the day you stood in the presence of the LORD your God at Mount Sinai,4.10 Sinai; or Horeb. when he said to me, ‘Assemble the people. I want them to hear what I have to say, so that they will learn to obey me as long as they live and so that they will teach their children to do the same.’

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4.11–12:
Ex 19.16–18
Heb 12.18–19
“Tell your children how you went and stood at the foot of the mountain which was covered with thick clouds of dark smoke and fire blazing up to the sky. 12Tell them how the LORD spoke to you from the fire, how you heard him speaking but did not see him in any form at all. 13
4.13:
Ex 31.18
34.28
Deut 9.10
He told you what you must do to keep the covenant he made with you — you must obey the Ten Commandments, which he wrote on two stone tablets. 14
4.14:
Ex 21.1
The LORD told me to teach you all the laws that you are to obey in the land that you are about to invade and occupy.

Warning against Idolatry

15“When the LORD spoke to you from the fire on Mount Sinai, you did not see any form. For your own good, then, make certain 16

4.16:
Ex 20.4
Lev 26.1
Deut 5.8
27.15
that you do not sin by making for yourselves an idol in any form at all — whether man or woman, 17
4.17–18a:
Rom 1.23
animal or bird, 18reptile or fish. 19Do not be tempted to worship and serve what you see in the sky — the sun, the moon, and the stars. The LORD your God has given these to all other peoples for them to worship. 20
4.20:
Ex 19.5
Deut 7.6
14.2
26.18
Tit 2.14
1 Pet 2.9
But you are the people he rescued from Egypt, that blazing furnace. He brought you out to make you his own people, as you are today. 21
4.21:
Num 20.12
Because of you the LORD your God was angry with me and solemnly declared that I would not cross the River Jordan to enter the fertile land which he is giving you. 22I will die in this land and never cross the river, but you are about to go across and occupy that fertile land. 23Be certain that you do not forget the covenant that the LORD your God made with you. Obey his command not to make yourselves any kind of idol, 24
4.24:
Heb 12.29
because the LORD your God is like a flaming fire; he tolerates no rivals.

25“Even when you have been in the land a long time and have children and grandchildren, do not sin by making for yourselves an idol in any form at all. This is evil in the LORD's sight, and it will make him angry. 26I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that, if you disobey me, you will soon disappear from the land. You will not live very long in the land across the Jordan that you are about to occupy. You will be completely destroyed. 27

4.27–28:
Deut 28.36
The LORD will scatter you among other nations, where only a few of you will survive. 28There you will serve gods made by human hands, gods of wood and stone, gods that cannot see or hear, eat or smell. 29
4.29:
Jer 29.13
There you will look for the LORD your God, and if you search for him with all your heart, you will find him. 30When you are in trouble and all those things happen to you, then you will finally turn to the LORD and obey him. 31He is a merciful God. He will not abandon you or destroy you, and he will not forget the covenant that he himself made with your ancestors.

32“Search the past, the time before you were born, all the way back to the time when God created humanity on the earth. Search the entire earth. Has anything as great as this ever happened before? Has anyone ever heard of anything like this? 33Have any people ever lived after hearing a god speak to them from a fire, as you have? 34Has any god ever dared to go and take a people from another nation and make them his own, as the LORD your God did for you in Egypt? Before your very eyes he used his great power and strength; he brought plagues and war, worked miracles and wonders, and caused terrifying things to happen. 35

4.35:
Mk 12.32
The LORD has shown you this, to prove to you that he alone is God and that there is no other. 36He let you hear his voice from heaven so that he could instruct you; and here on earth he let you see his holy fire, and he spoke to you from it. 37Because he loved your ancestors, he chose you, and by his great power he himself brought you out of Egypt. 38As you advanced, he drove out nations greater and more powerful than you, so that he might bring you in and give you their land, the land which still belongs to you. 39So remember today and never forget: the LORD is God in heaven and on earth. There is no other god. 40Obey all his laws that I have given you today, and all will go well with you and your descendants. You will continue to live in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to be yours for ever.”

The Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan

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4.41–43:
Josh 20.8–9
Then Moses set aside three cities east of the River Jordan 42to which a man could escape and be safe if he had accidentally killed someone who had not been his enemy. He could escape to one of these cities and not be put to death. 43For the tribe of Reuben there was the city of Bezer, on the desert plateau; for the tribe of Gad there was Ramoth, in the territory of Gilead; and for the tribe of Manasseh there was Golan, in the territory of Bashan.

Introduction to the Giving of God's Law

44Moses gave God's laws and teachings to the people of Israel. 45-46It was after they had come out of Egypt and were in the valley east of the River Jordan, opposite the town of Bethpeor, that he gave them these laws. This was in the territory that had belonged to King Sihon of the Amorites, who had ruled in the town of Heshbon. Moses and the people of Israel defeated him when they came out of Egypt. 47They occupied his land and the land of King Og of Bashan, the other Amorite king who lived east of the Jordan. 48This land extended from the town of Aroer, on the edge of the River Arnon, all the way north to Mount Sirion,4.48 One ancient translation Sirion; Hebrew Sion. that is, Mount Hermon. 49It also included all the region east of the River Jordan as far south as the Dead Sea and east to the foot of Mount Pisgah.

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The Ten Commandments

(Ex 20.1–17)

51Moses called together all the people of Israel and said to them, “People of Israel, listen to all the laws that I am giving you today. Learn them and be sure that you obey them. 2At Mount Sinai the LORD our God made a covenant, 3not only with our fathers, but with all of us who are living today. 4There on the mountain the LORD spoke to you face-to-face from the fire. 5I stood between you and the LORD at that time to tell you what he said, because you were afraid of the fire and would not go up the mountain.

“The LORD said, 6‘I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves.

7“ ‘Worship no god but me.

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5.8–9:
Lev 26.1
Deut 4.15–18
27.15
“ ‘Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. 9
5.9–10:
Ex 34.6–7
Num 14.18
Deut 7.9–10
Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, for I am the LORD your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation. 10But I show my love to thousands of generations5.10 thousands of generations; or thousands. of those who love me and obey my laws.

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5.11:
Lev 19.12
“ ‘Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the LORD your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.

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5.12:
Ex 16.23–30
31.12–14
“ ‘Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy, as I, the LORD your God, have commanded you. 13
5.13–14:
Ex 23.12
31.15
34.21
35.2
Lev 23.3
You have six days in which to do your work, 14but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work — neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. Your slaves must rest just as you do. 15Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and that I, the LORD your God, rescued you by my great power and strength. That is why I command you to observe the Sabbath.

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5.16:
Deut 27.16
Mt 15.4
19.19
Mk 7.10
10.19
Lk 18.20
Eph 6.2,3
“ ‘Respect your father and your mother, as I, the LORD your God, command you, so that all may go well with you and so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.

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5.17:
Gen 9.6
Lev 24.17
Mt 5.21
19.18
Mk 10.19
Lk 18.20
Rom 13.9
Jas 2.11
“ ‘Do not commit murder.

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5.18:
Lev 20.10
Mt 5.27
19.18
Mk 10.19
Lk 18.20
Rom 13.9
Jas 2.11
“ ‘Do not commit adultery.

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5.19:
Lev 19.11
Mt 19.18
Mk 10.19
Lk 18.20
Rom 13.9
“ ‘Do not steal.

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5.20:
Ex 23.1
Mt 19.18
Mk 10.19
Lk 18.20
“ ‘Do not accuse anyone falsely.

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5.21:
Rom 7.7
13.9
“ ‘Do not desire another man's wife; do not desire his house, his land, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.’

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5.22–27:
Heb 12.18–19
“These are the commandments the LORD gave to all of you when you were gathered at the mountain. When he spoke with a mighty voice from the fire and from the thick clouds, he gave these commandments and no others. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

The People's Fear

(Ex 20.18–21)

23“When the whole mountain was on fire and you heard the voice from the darkness, your leaders and the chiefs of your tribes came to me 24and said, ‘The LORD our God showed us his greatness and his glory when we heard him speak from the fire! Today we have seen that it is possible for a human being to continue to live, even though God has spoken to him. 25But why should we risk death again? That terrible fire will destroy us. We are sure to die if we hear the LORD our God speak again. 26Has any human being ever lived after hearing the living God speak from a fire? 27Go back, Moses, and listen to everything that the LORD our God says. Then return and tell us what he said to you. We will listen and obey.’

28“When the LORD heard this, he said to me, ‘I have heard what these people said, and they are right. 29If only they would always feel like this! If only they would always honour me and obey all my commands, so that everything would go well with them and their descendants for ever. 30Go and tell them to return to their tents. 31But you, Moses, stay here with me, and I will give you all my laws and commands. Teach them to the people, so that they will obey them in the land that I am giving them.’

32“People of Israel, be sure that you do everything that the LORD your God has commanded you. Do not disobey any of his laws. 33Obey them all, so that everything will go well with you and so that you will continue to live in the land that you are going to occupy.

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The Great Commandment

61“These are all the laws that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you. Obey them in the land that you are about to enter and occupy. 2As long as you live, you and your descendants are to honour the LORD your God and obey all his laws that I am giving you, so that you may live in that land a long time. 3Listen to them, people of Israel, and obey them! Then all will go well with you, and you will become a mighty nation and live in that rich and fertile land, just as the LORD, the God of our ancestors, has promised.

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6.4:
Mk 12.29
“Israel, remember this! The LORD — and the LORD alone — is our God.6.4 The LORDis our God; or The LORD, our God, is the only God; or The LORD our God is one. 5
6.5:
Mt 22.37
Mk 12.30
Lk 10.27
Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6
6.6–9:
Deut 11.18–20
Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. 7Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. 8Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. 9Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

Warning against Disobedience

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6.10:
Gen 12.7
26.3
28.13
“Just as the LORD your God promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, he will give you a land with large and prosperous cities which you did not build. 11The houses will be full of good things which you did not put in them, and there will be wells that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant. When the LORD brings you into this land and you have all you want to eat, 12make certain that you do not forget the LORD who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves. 13
6.13:
Mt 4.10
Lk 4.8
Honour the LORD your God, worship only him, and make your promises in his name alone. 14Do not worship other gods, any of the gods of the peoples around you. 15If you do worship other gods, the LORD's anger will come against you like fire and will destroy you completely, because the LORD your God, who is present with you, tolerates no rivals.

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6.16:
Ex 17.1–7
Mt 4.7
Lk 4.12
“Do not put the LORD your God to the test, as you did at Massah. 17Be sure that you obey all the laws that he has given you. 18Do what the LORD says is right and good, and all will go well with you. You will be able to take possession of the fertile land that the LORD promised your ancestors, 19and you will drive out your enemies, as he promised.

20“In time to come your children will ask you, ‘Why did the LORD our God command us to obey all these laws?’ 21Then tell them, ‘We were slaves of the king of Egypt, and the LORD rescued us by his great power. 22With our own eyes we saw him work miracles and do terrifying things to the Egyptians and to their king and to all his officials. 23He freed us from Egypt to bring us here and give us this land, as he had promised our ancestors he would. 24Then the LORD our God commanded us to obey all these laws and to honour him. If we do, he will always watch over our nation and keep it prosperous. 25If we faithfully obey everything that God has commanded us, he will be pleased with us.’6.25 If we faithfullywith us; or The right thing for us to do is to obey faithfully everything that God has commanded us.