1 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the
ordinances, which HaShem your G-d commanded to teach you, that ye might do them
in the land whither ye go over to possess it--
2 that thou mightest fear HaShem thy G-d, to keep all His
statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy
son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may
be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as HaShem, the G-d of thy
fathers, hath promised unto thee--a land flowing with milk and honey.
4 HEAR, O ISRAEL: THE HaShem OUR GOD, THE HaShem IS ONE.
5 And thou shalt love HaShem thy G-d with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be
upon thy heart;
7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and
shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they
shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house,
and upon thy gates.
10 And it shall be, when HaShem thy G-d shall bring thee into
the land which He swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to
give thee--great and goodly cities, which thou didst not build,
11 and houses full of all good things, which thou didst not
fill, and cisterns hewn out, which thou the didst not hew, vineyards and
olive-trees, which thou didst not plant, and thou shalt eat and be satisfied--
12 then beware lest thou forget HaShem, who brought thee
forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
13 Thou shalt fear HaShem thy G-d; and Him shalt thou serve,
and by His name shalt thou swear.
14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the
peoples that are round about you;
15 for a jealous G-d, even HaShem thy G-d, is in the midst of
thee; lest the anger of HaShem thy G-d be kindled against thee, and He destroy
thee from off the face of the earth.
16 Ye shall not try HaShem your G-d, as ye tried Him in
17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of HaShem your
G-d, and His testimonies, and His statutes, which He hath commanded thee.
18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the
sight of HaShem; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and
possess the good land which HaShem swore unto thy fathers,
19 to thrust out all thine enemies from before thee, as
HaShem hath spoken.
20 When thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying: 'What
mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which HaShem our G-d
hath commanded you?
21 then thou shalt say unto thy son: 'We were Pharaoh's
bondmen in Egypt; and HaShem brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
22 And HaShem showed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon
Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his house, before our eyes.
23 And He brought us out from thence, that He might bring us
in, to give us the land which He swore unto our fathers.
24 And HaShem commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear
HaShem our G-d, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is
at this day.
25 And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do
all this commandment before HaShem our G-d, as He hath commanded us.'
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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