The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 4:9–14

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Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children's children;

And so, guard yourself and your soul carefully. You should not forget the words that your eyes have seen, and do not let them be cut away from your heart, throughout all the days of your life. You shall teach them to your sons and to your grandsons,

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10  the day that thou stoodest before YHWH thy God in Horeb, when the YHWH said unto me: 'Assemble Me the people, and I will make them hear My words that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.'

10  even the things that happened in the day in which ye stood before the Lord our God in Choreb in the day of the assembly; for the Lord said to me, Gather the people to me, and let them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days which they live upon the earth, and they shall teach their sons.

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11  And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.

11  And you approached the base of the mountain, which was burning even toward heaven. And there was a darkness upon it, and a cloud, and a mist.

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12  And YHWH spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire; ye heard the voice of words, but ye saw no form; only a voice.

12  And the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire a voice of words, which ye heard: and ye saw no likeness, only ye heard a voice.

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13  And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even the ten words; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone.

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14  And YHWH commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

14  And the Lord commanded me at that time, to teach you ordinances and judgements, that ye should do them on the land, into which ye go to inherit it.