The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 4:1–8

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And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which YHWH, the God of your fathers, giveth you.

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Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of YHWH your God which I command you.

Ye shall not add to the word which I command you, and ye shall not take from it: keep the commandments of the Lord our God, all that I command you this day.

You shall not add to the word which I speak to you, neither shall you take away from it. Preserve the commandments of the Lord your God which I am teaching to you.

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Your eyes have seen what YHWH did in Baal-peor; for all the men that followed the Baal of Peor, the YHWH thy God hath destroyed them from the midst of thee.

Your eyes have seen all that the Lord our God did in the case of Beel-phegor; for every man that went after Beel-phegor, the Lord your God has utterly destroyed him from among you.

Your eyes have seen all that the Lord has done against Baal-peor, in what manner he has crushed all of his worshippers from among you.

But ye that did cleave unto YHWH your God are alive every one of you this day.

But ye that kept close to the Lord your God are all alive to-day.

But you who adhere to the Lord your God are all still alive, to the present day.

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Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as YHWH my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the midst of the land whither ye go in to possess it.

You know that I have taught you precepts as well as justices, just as the Lord my God has commanded me. And so shall you do in the land that you will possess.

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Observe therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that, when they hear all these statutes, shall say: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

And ye shall keep and do them: for this is your wisdom and understanding before all nations, as many as shall hear all these ordinances; and they shall say, Behold, this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

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For what great nation is there, that hath God so nigh unto them, as YHWH our God is whensoever we call upon Him?

Neither is there any other nation so great, which has its gods so near to them, as our God is present to all our petitions.

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And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

And what manner of nation is so great, which has righteous ordinances and judgements according to all this law, which I set before you this day?

For what other nation is there so renowned as to have ceremonies, and just judgments, and the entire law that I will set forth today before your eyes?