The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 4:32–40

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32  For ask now of the days past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and from the one end of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?

32  Ask of the former days which were before thee, from the day when God created man upon the earth, and beginning at the one end of heaven to the other end of heaven, if there has happened any thing like to this great event, if such a thing has been heard

32  Inquire concerning the days of antiquity, which were before you, from the day when God created man upon the earth, from one end of heaven to another, if anything similar has ever occurred, or whether any such thing has ever been known,

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33  Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

33  if a nation have heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard and hast lived;

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34  Or hath God assayed to go and take Him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that YHWH your God did for you in Egypt before thine eyes?

34  if God has assayed to go and take to himself a nation out of the midst of another nation with trial, and with signs, and with wonders, and with war, and with a mighty hand, and with a high arm, and with great sights, according to all the things which the Lord our God did in Egypt in thy sight.

34  whether God has acted so as to enter and take for himself a nation from the midst of the nations, by means of tests, signs, and wonders, by means of fighting, and a strong hand, and an outstretched arm, and terrible visions, in accord with all the things which the Lord your God has accomplished for you in Egypt, in the sight of your eyes.

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35  Unto thee it was shown, that thou mightiest know that YHWH, He is God; there is none else beside Him.

35  So that thou shouldest know that the Lord thy God he is God, and there is none beside him.

35  You saw and knew that the LORD is God; there is none else besides him.

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36  Out of heaven He made thee to hear His voice, that He might instruct thee; and upon earth He made thee to see His great fire; and thou didst hear His words out of the midst of the fire.

36  His voice was made audible from heaven to instruct thee, and he shewed thee upon the earth his great fire, and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

36  He has caused you to hear his voice from heaven, so that he might teach you. And he showed you his exceedingly great fire on earth, and you heard his words from the midst of the fire.

37  And because He loved thy fathers, and chose their seed after them, and brought thee out with His presence, with His great power, out of Egypt,

37  Because he loved thy fathers, he also chose you their seed after them, and he brought thee himself with his great strength out of Egypt,

37  For he loved your fathers, and he chose their offspring after them. And he led you away from Egypt, advancing before you with his great power,

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38  to drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day;

38  to destroy nations great and stronger than thou before thy face, to bring thee in, to give thee their land to inherit, as thou hast it this day.

38  so as to wipe away, upon your arrival, nations, very great and stronger than you, and so as to lead you in, and to present to you their land as a possession, just as you discern in the present day.

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39  know this day, and lay it to thy heart, that YHWH, He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none else.

39  And thou shalt know this day, and shalt consider in thine heart, that the Lord thy God he is God in heaven above, and on the earth beneath, and there is none else but he.

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40  And thou shalt keep 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 land, which YHWH thy God giveth thee, for ever.

40  Keep his precepts and commandments, which I am teaching to you, so that it may be well with you, and with your sons after you, and so that you may remain for a long time upon the land, which the Lord your God will give to you.”