FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
1 (Chapters 1-17)
These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan
in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran,
and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
(There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto
And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the
first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according
unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon,
and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:
On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law,
The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough
in this mount:
Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and
unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in
the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites,
and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which
the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto
them and to their seed after them.
And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself
The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as
the stars of heaven for multitude.
(The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as
ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and
I will make them rulers over you.
And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good
for us to do.
So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them
heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and
captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your
And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between
your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother,
and the stranger that is with him.
Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as
well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment
is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and
I will hear it.
And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible
wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as
the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.
And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which
the LORD our God doth give unto us.
Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess
it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither
And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before
us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what
way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a
And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley
of Eshcol, and searched it out.
And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down
unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the
LORD our God doth give us.
Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment
of the LORD your God:
And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he
hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the
hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying,
The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled
up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according
to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare
thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye
came into this place.
Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your
tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in
a cloud by day.
And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying,
Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that
good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,
Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give
the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath
wholly followed the LORD.
Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt
not go in thither.
But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither:
encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children,
which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go
in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by
the way of the Red sea.
Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we
will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded
us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready
to go up into the hill.
And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for
I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.
So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment
of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.
And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and
chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.
And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken
to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode
Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of
the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many
And the LORD spake unto me, saying,
Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.
And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of
your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall
be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:
Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so
much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a
Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also
buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.
For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he
knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the
LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt
in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Ezion-gaber,
we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with
them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession;
because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall,
as the Anakims;
Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call
The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded
them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their
stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave
Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over
the brook Zered.
And the space in which we came from Kadesh-barnea, until we were come over
the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of
the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto
For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from
among the host, until they were consumed.
So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from
among the people,
That the LORD spake unto me, saying,
Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day:
And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress
them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of
the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the
children of Lot for a possession.
(That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old
time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed
them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:
As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed
the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their
stead even unto this day:
And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims,
which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)
Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I
have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his
land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.
This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon
the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee,
and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king
of Heshbon with words of peace, saying,
Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither
turn unto the right hand nor to the left.
Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for
money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet;
(As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell
in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which
the LORD our God giveth us.
But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy
God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver
him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land
before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.
Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his
sons, and all his people.
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men,
and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:
Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the
cities which we took.
From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city
that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong
for us: the LORD our God delivered all unto us:
Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any
place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto
whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.
Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan
came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all
his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as
thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan,
and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we
took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom
of Og in Bashan.
All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled
towns a great many.
And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly
destroying the men, women, and children, of every city.
But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to
And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites
the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount
(Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;)
All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah
and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his
bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of
Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth
of it, after the cubit of a man.
And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by
the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I
unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.
And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I
unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan,
which was called the land of giants.
Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob unto the coasts
of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them after his own name, Bashan-havoth-jair,
unto this day.
And I gave Gilead unto Machir.
And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto
the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok,
which is the border of the children of Ammon;
The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even
unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, under Ashdoth-pisgah eastward.
And I commanded you at that time, saying, The LORD your God hath given
you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren
the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.
But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that
ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you;
Until the LORD have given rest unto your brethren, as well as unto you,
and until they also possess the land which the LORD your God hath given
them beyond Jordan: and then shall ye return every man unto his possession,
which I have given you.
And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that
the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do
unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.
Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.
And I besought the LORD at that time, saying,
O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy
mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according
to thy works, and according to thy might?
I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan,
that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.
But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and
the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this
Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and
northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes:
for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall
go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land
which thou shalt see.
So we abode in the valley over against Beth-peor.
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.
Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baal-peor: for all the
men that followed Baal-peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from
But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of 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
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;
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 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 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 it.
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
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 air,
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
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.
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.
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even 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 ye shall
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.
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;
(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 unto
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?
Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the
fire, as thou hast heard, 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?
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God;
there is none else beside 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
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.
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.
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.
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 Beth-peor, 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.
And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes
and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them,
and keep, and do them.
The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us,
who are all of us here alive this day.
The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of
(I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the work of
the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into
the mount;) saying,
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from
the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
the waters beneath the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD
will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded
Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt
not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant,
nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle,
nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy
maidservant may rest as well as thou.
And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the
LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched
out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath
Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee;
that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the
land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
Neither shalt thou steal.
Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet
thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant,
his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the
midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great
voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone,
and delivered them unto me.
And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness,
(for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even
all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his
greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we
have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if
we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.
For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living
God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou
unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear
it, and do it.
And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and
the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people,
which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep
all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their
children for ever!
Go say to them, Get you into your tents again.
But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all
the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt
teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess
Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you:
ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you,
that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong
your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which
the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the
land whither ye go to possess it:
That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, 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.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with
thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers
hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be
as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the
land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob,
to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells
digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou
plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of
the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round
(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the
LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face
of the earth.
Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his
testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD:
that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the
good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies,
and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded
Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and
the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon
Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us
the land which he sware unto our fathers.
And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our
God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments
before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest
to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites,
and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites,
and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier
And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite
them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them,
nor shew mercy unto them:
Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not
give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve
other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy
But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break
down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath
chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that
are upon the face of the earth.
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were
more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which
he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty
hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh
king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which
keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments
to a thousand generations;
And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will
not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments,
which I command thee this day, to do them.
Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and
keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant
and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also
bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy
wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep,
in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female
barren among you, or among your cattle.
And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of
the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay
them upon all them that hate thee.
And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver
thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve
their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can
I dispossess them?
Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD
thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;
The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders,
and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God
brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom
thou art afraid.
Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that
are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.
Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you,
a mighty God and terrible.
And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and
little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field
increase upon thee.
But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them
with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.
And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy
their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before
thee, until thou have destroyed them.
The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not
desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest
thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be
a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt
utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to
do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which
the LORD sware unto your fathers.
And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these
forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know
what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna,
which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make
thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his
son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk
in his ways, and to fear him.
For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of
water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates;
a land of oil olive, and honey;
A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not
lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills
thou mayest dig brass.
When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God
for the good land which he hath given thee.
Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments,
and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and
And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold
is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which
brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery
serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought
thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not,
that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good
at thy latter end;
And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten
me this wealth.
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee
power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware
unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after
other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this
day that ye shall surely perish.
As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye
perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your
Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess
nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to
A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest,
and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!
Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth
over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall
bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy
them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.
Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them
out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought
me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the
LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost
thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations
the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may
perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac,
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land
to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath
in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land
of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against
Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry
with you to have destroyed you.
When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even
the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in
the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink
And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger
of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD
spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of
And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the
LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.
And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for
thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves;
they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they
have made them a molten image.
Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and,
behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under
heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.
So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire:
and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.
And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and
had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way
which the LORD had commanded you.
And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake
them before your eyes.
And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty
nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins
which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke
him to anger.
For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was
wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that
And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed
for Aaron also the same time.
And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire,
and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as
dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of
And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah, ye provoked the
LORD to wrath.
Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess
the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment
of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.
Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell
down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.
I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy
people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness,
which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness
of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:
Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not
able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he
hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.
Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out
by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.
At that time the LORD 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
And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables
which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark.
And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto
the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand.
And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments,
which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire
in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.
And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in
the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.
And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children
of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar
his son ministered in the priest's office in his stead.
From thence they journeyed unto Gudgodah; and from Gudgodah to Jotbath,
a land of rivers of waters.
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the
covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and
to bless in his name, unto this day.
Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD
is his inheritance, according as the LORD thy God promised him.
And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and
forty nights; and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the
LORD would not destroy thee.
And the LORD said unto me, Arise, take thy journey before the people, that
they may go in and possess the land, which I sware unto their fathers to
give unto them.
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear
the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve
the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command
thee this day for thy good?
Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD's thy God, the
earth also, with all that therein is.
Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their
seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a
mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the
stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt
thou cleave, and swear by his name.
He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great
and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.
Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now
the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.
Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his
statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.
And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not
known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his
greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,
And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto
Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;
And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their
chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they
pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;
And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;
And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben:
how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households,
and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in
the midst of all Israel:
But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.
Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day,
that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to
And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto
your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with
milk and honey.
For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of
Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst
it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:
But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys,
and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:
A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God
are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of
And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments
which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him
with all your heart and with all your soul,
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first
rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy
wine, and thine oil.
And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat
and be full.
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside,
and serve other gods, and worship them;
And then the LORD's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven,
that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest
ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul,
and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets
between your eyes.
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest
in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon
That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the
land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of
heaven upon the earth.
For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command
you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and
to cleave unto him;
Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye
shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours:
from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even
unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.
There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall
lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall
tread upon, as he hath said unto you.
Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command
you this day:
And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God,
but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after
other gods, which ye have not known.
And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto
the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing
upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.
Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down,
in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against
Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?
For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD
your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.
And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before
you this day.
These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the
land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all
the days that ye live upon the earth.
Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall
possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills,
and under every green tree:
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn
their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their
gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.
But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your
tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and
thither thou shalt come:
And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and
your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your
freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in
all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD
thy God hath blessed thee.
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man
whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the
LORD your God giveth you.
But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God
giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies
round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause
his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you;
your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering
of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your
daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite
that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place
that thou seest:
But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there
thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that
I command thee.
Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever
thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which
he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the
roebuck, and as of the hart.
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.
Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine,
or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any
of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering
of thine hand:
But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD
thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant,
and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou
shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest
upon the earth.
When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised thee,
and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh;
thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be
too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which
the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat
in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the
unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and
thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.
Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.
Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children
after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the
Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and
go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:
And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon
the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be
poured out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.
Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well
with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that
which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither
thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that
they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their
gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the
LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons
and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto,
nor diminish from it.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth
thee a sign or a wonder,
And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying,
Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve
Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer
of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the
LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments,
and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because
he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you
out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage,
to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to
walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or
the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice
thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast
not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto
thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the
other end of the earth;
Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine
eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put
him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought
to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the
land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness
as this is among you.
If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath
given thee to dwell there, saying,
Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have
withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other
gods, which ye have not known;
Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold,
if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought
Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the
sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof,
with the edge of the sword.
And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street
thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every
whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall
not be built again.
And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the
LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and
have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy
When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his
commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in
the eyes of the LORD thy God.
Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves,
nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen
thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are
upon the earth.
Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.
These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,
The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and
the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.
And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two
claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.
Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them
that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney:
for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean
And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it
is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead
These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and
scales shall ye eat:
And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto
Of all clean birds ye shall eat.
But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and ossifrage,
and the ospray,
And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind,
And every raven after his kind,
And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his
The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan,
And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant,
And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not
But of all clean fowls ye may eat.
Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it
unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest
sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God.
Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth
forth year by year.
And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall
choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and
of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou
mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry
it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall
choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand,
and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after,
for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever
thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and
thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for
he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine
increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and
the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates,
shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless
thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.
And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought
unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour,
or of his brother; because it is called the LORD's release.
Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with
thy brother thine hand shall release;
Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly
bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance
to possess it:
Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe
to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.
For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt
lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign
over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy
gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden
thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him
sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh
year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy
poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against
thee, and it be sin unto thee.
Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou
givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless
thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee,
saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor,
and to thy needy, in thy land.
And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee,
and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go
free from thee.
And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go
Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor,
and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed
thee thou shalt give unto him.
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt,
and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing
And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because
he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door,
and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou
shalt do likewise.
It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from
thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving
thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou
All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt
sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling
of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.
Thou shalt eat it before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which
the LORD shall choose, thou and thy household.
And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have
any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.
Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the clean person shall
eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart.
Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the
ground as water.
Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God:
for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt
Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the
flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his
Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened
bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out
of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou
camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven
days; neither shall there anything of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst
the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.
Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the
LORD thy God giveth thee:
But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name
in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down
of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.
And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall
choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.
Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall
be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.
Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks
from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.
And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute
of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD
thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and
thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that
is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow,
that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to
place his name there.
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt
observe and do these statutes.
Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou
hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:
And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter,
and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger,
and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the
place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless
thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore
thou shalt surely rejoice.
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God
in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and
in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall
not appear before the LORD empty:
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD
thy God which he hath given thee.
Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD
thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people
with just judgment.
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither
take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the
words of the righteous.
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live,
and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the
LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.
Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth.
Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein
is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the
LORD thy God.
If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy
God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight
of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun,
or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently,
and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is
wrought in Israel:
Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed
that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt
stone them with stones, till they die.
At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy
of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not
be put to death.
The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death,
and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away
from among you.
If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and
blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters
of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up
into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;
And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that
shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence
And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which
the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according
to all that they inform thee:
According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according
to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not
decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand,
nor to the left.
And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the
priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto
the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from
And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.
When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and
shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a
king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;
Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall
choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou
mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return
to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD
hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away:
neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he
shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before
the priests the Levites:
And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his
life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words
of this law and these statutes, to do them:
That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not
aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end
that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the
midst of Israel.