The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 4:15–31

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15  Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves--for ye saw no manner of form on the day that YHWH spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire--

15  And take good heed to your hearts, for ye saw no similitude in the day in which the Lord spoke to you in Choreb in the mountain out of the midst of the fire

15  And so, guard your souls carefully. You saw no likeness on the day that the Lord God spoke to you on Horeb from the midst of fire.

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16  lest ye deal corruptly, and make you a graven image, even the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

16  Otherwise, perhaps being deceived, you might have made a graven image, or an image of male or female,

17  the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven,

17  a likeness of any of the beasts, which are upon the earth, or of birds, which fly under heaven,

18  the likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth;

18  or of reptiles, which move across the earth, or of fish, which abide in the waters under the earth.

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19  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, thou be drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which YHWH thy God hath allotted unto all the peoples under the whole heaven.

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20  But you hath YHWH taken and brought forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

20  But God took you, and led you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be to him a people of inheritance, as at this day.

20  But the Lord has taken you up, and led you away from the iron furnaces of Egypt, in order to have a people of inheritance, just as it is to the present day.

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21  Now YHWH was angered with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the YHWH thy God giveth thee for an inheritance;

21  And the Lord became angry against me because of your words, and he swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, nor enter into the excellent land, which he will give to you.

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22  but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but ye are to go over, and possess that good land.

22  For I am to die in this land, and shall not pass over this Jordan; but ye are to pass over, and shall inherit this good land.

22  Behold, I shall die on this soil. I shall not cross over the Jordan. You shall cross it, and you shall possess the singular land.

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23  Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of YHWH your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, even the likeness of any thing which the YHWH thy God hath forbidden thee.

23  Take heed to yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord our God, which he made with you, and ye transgress, and make to yourselves a graven image of any of the things concerning which the Lord thy God commanded thee.

23  Be careful, lest you at sometime forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he has formed with you, and lest you make for yourselves a graven likeness of those things which the Lord has prohibited to be made.

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24  For YHWH thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

24  For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

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25  When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have been long in the land, and shall deal corruptly, and make a graven image, even the form of any thing, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of YHWH thy God, to provoke Him;

25  And when thou shalt have begotten sons, and shalt have sons’ sons, and ye shall have dwelt a long time on the land, and shall have transgressed, and made a graven image of any thing, and shall have done wickedly before the Lord your God to provoke him;

25  When you will have conceived sons and grandsons while abiding in the land, and if, having been deceived, you make for yourselves any likeness, accomplishing evil in the sight of the Lord your God, so as to provoke him to wrath,

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26  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 the Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.

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27  And YHWH shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the YHWH shall lead you away.

27  And the Lord shall scatter you among all nations, and ye shall be left few in number among all the nations, among which the Lord shall bring you.

27  And he will scatter you among all the nations, and few of you will remain among those nations, to which the Lord will lead you.

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28  And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

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29  But from thence ye will seek YHWH thy God; and thou shalt find Him, if thou search after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

29  And there ye shall seek the Lord your God, and ye shall find him whenever ye shall seek him with all your heart, and with all your soul in.

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30  In thy distress, when all these things are come upon thee, in the end of days, thou wilt return to YHWH thy God, and hearken unto His voice;

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31  for YHWH thy God is a merciful God; He will not fail thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He swore unto them.

31  Because the Lord thy God is a God of pity: he will not forsake thee, nor destroy thee; he will not forget the covenant of thy fathers, which the Lord sware to them.

31  For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not abandon you, nor will he entirely destroy you, nor will he forget the covenant, which he swore to your fathers.