The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 5:23–33

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23  And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

23  Then, after you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, and you saw the mountain burning, you approached me, all you leaders of the tribes and those greater by birth. And you said

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24  and ye said: 'Behold, YHWH our God hath shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God doth speak with man, and he liveth.

24  ‘Behold, the Lord our God has revealed to us his majesty and his greatness. We have heard his voice from the midst of fire, and we have proven today that, though God is speaking with man, man has lived.

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25  Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of YHWH our God any more, then we shall die.

25  And now let us not die, for this great fire will consume us, if we shall hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, and we shall die.

25  Therefore, why should we die, and why should this very great fire devour us? For if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, we will die.

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26  For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

26  What is all flesh, that it would hear the voice of the living God, who speaks from the midst of fire, just as we have heard it, and be able to live?

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27  Go thou near, and hear all that YHWH our God may say; and thou shalt speak unto us all that the YHWH our God may speak unto thee; and we will hear it and do it.'

27  Do thou draw near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say, and thou shalt speak to us all things whatsoever the Lord our God shall speak to thee, and we will hear, and do.

27  Instead, you should approach and listen to all the things that the Lord our God will say to you. And you will speak to us, and we will listen and do these things.’

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28  And YHWH heard the voice of your words, when ye spoke unto me; and the YHWH said unto me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have spoken.

28  And the Lord heard the voice of your words as ye spoke to me; and the Lord said to me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, even all things that they have said to thee. They have well said all that they have spoken.

28  But when the Lord had heard this, he said to me: ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they spoke to you. All this, they have spoken well.

29  Oh that they had such a heart as this alway, to fear Me, and keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

29  O that there were such a heart in them, that they should fear me and keep my commands always, that it might be well with them and with their sons for ever.

29  Who will grant to them to have such a mind, so that they may fear me, and may keep all my commandments at all times, so that it may be well with them and with their sons forever?

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30  Go say to them: Return ye to your tents.

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31  But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.'

31  but stand thou here with me, and I will tell thee all the commands, and the ordinances, and the judgements, which thou shalt teach them, and let them do so in the land which I give them for an inheritance.

31  But as for you, stand here with me, and I will speak to you all my commandments and ceremonies, as well as judgments. These, you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the land, which I will give to them as a possession.

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32  Ye shall observe to do therefore as YHWH your God hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

32  And ye shall take heed to do as the Lord thy God commanded thee; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left,

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33  Ye shall walk in all the way which YHWH your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

33  according to all the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in it, that he may give thee rest; and that it may be well with thee, and ye may prolong your days on the land which ye shall inherit.

33  For you shall walk in the way that the Lord your God has instructed, so that you may live, and it may be well with you, and your days may be extended in the land of your possession.’ ”