1 At that time HaShem said unto me: 'Hew thee two
tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto Me into the mount; and
make thee an ark of wood.
2 And I will write on the tables the words that were on the
first tables which thou didst break, and thou shalt put them in the ark.'
3 So I made an ark of acacia-wood, and hewed two tables of
stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in
4 And He wrote on the tables according to the first writing,
the ten words, which HaShem spoke unto you in the mount out of the midst of the
fire in the day of the assembly; and HaShem gave them unto me.
5 And I turned and came down from the mount, and put the
tables in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as HaShem commanded
6 And the children of Israel journeyed from
Beeroth-benejaakan to Moserah; there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and
Eleazar his son ministered in the priest's office in his stead.
7 From thence they journeyed unto Gudgod; and from Gudgod to
Jotbah, a land of brooks of water.--
8 At that time HaShem separated the tribe of Levi, to bear
the ark of the covenant of HaShem, to stand before HaShem to minister unto Him,
and to bless in His name, unto this day.
9 Wherefore Levi hath no portion nor inheritance with his
brethren; HaShem is his inheritance, according as HaShem thy G-d spoke unto
10 Now I stayed in the mount, as at the first time, forty
days and forty nights; and HaShem hearkened unto me that time also; HaShem would
not destroy thee.
11 And HaShem said unto me: 'Arise, go before the people,
causing them to set forward, that they may go in and possess the land, which I
swore unto their fathers to give unto them.'
12 And now, Israel, what doth HaShem thy G-d require of thee,
but to fear HaShem thy G-d, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to
serve HaShem thy G-d with all thy heart and with all thy soul;
13 to keep for thy good the commandments of HaShem, and His
statutes, which I command thee this day?
14 Behold, unto HaShem thy G-d belongeth the heaven, and the
heaven of heavens, the earth, with all that therein is.
15 Only HaShem had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and
He chose their seed after them, even you, above all peoples, as it is this day.
16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no
17 For HaShem your G-d, He is G-d of gods, and L-rd of lords,
the great G-d, the mighty, and the awful, who regardeth not persons, nor taketh
18 He doth execute justice for the fatherless and widow, and
loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
19 Love ye therefore the stranger; for ye were strangers in
the land of Egypt.
20 Thou shalt fear HaShem thy G-d; Him shalt thou serve; and
to Him shalt thou cleave, and by His name shalt thou swear.
21 He is thy glory, and He is thy G-d, that hath done for
thee these great and tremendous things, which thine eyes have seen.
22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten
persons; and now HaShem thy G-d hath made thee as the stars of heaven for
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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