The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 30:11–14

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11  For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.

11  This commandment, which I entrust to you today, is not high above you, nor has it been placed far away.

12  It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say: 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?'

12  Nor is it in heaven, so that you would be able to say, ‘Which of us can ascend to heaven, so as to carry it back to us, and so that we may hear it and fulfill it in deed?’

13  Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say: 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?'

13  Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you would excuse yourself by saying, ‘Which of us is able to cross the sea, and to carry it back to us, so that we may be able to hear and to do what has been instructed?’

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14  But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

14  The word is very near thee, in thy mouth, and in thine heart, and in thine hands to do it.

14  Instead, the word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may do it.