Deuteronomy

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THE FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED DEUTERONOMY.

CHAPTER 1

THESE be the words which Moses spake unto all Isra’Al on
this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against
the Red sea , between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and
Hazeroth, and Dizahab.

2 ( There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way
of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea.)

3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh
month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto
the children of Isra’Al, according unto all that Ay’ah had
given him in commandment unto them;

4 After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which
dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt
at Astaroth in Edrei:

5 On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to
declare this law, saying,

6 Ay’ah our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying. Ye
have dwelt long enough in this mount:

7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of
the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the
plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by
the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto
Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess
the land which Ay’ah sware unto your fathers, Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after
them.

9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able
to bear you myself alone:

10 Ay’ah your God hath multiplied you, and, behold,
ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

11 (Ay’ah God of your fathers make you a thousand
times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath
promised you!)

12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your
burden, and your strife?

13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known
among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.

14 And ye answered me, and said. The thing which thou
hast spoken is good for us to do.

15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known,
and made them heads over you, captains over thousands,
and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and
captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.

16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying. Hear the
causes between your brethren, and judge righteously
between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is
with him.

17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall
hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of
the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause
that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which
ye should do.

19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through

all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the
way of the mountain of the Amorites, as Ay’ah our God
commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.

20 And I said unto you. Ye are come unto the mountain of
the Amorites, which Ay’ah our God doth give unto us.

21 Behold, Ay’ah thy God hath set the land before thee:
go up and possess it, as Ay’ah God of thy fathers hath
said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said.
We will send men before us, and they shall search us out
the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go
up, and into what cities we shall come.

23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men
of you, one of a tribe:

24 And they turned and went up into the mountain, and
came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out.

25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and
brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and
said. It is a good land which Ay’ah our God doth give
us.

26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled
against the commandment of Ay’ah your God:

27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said. Because the
Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of
Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to
destroy us.

28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged
our heart, saying. The people is greater and taller than we;
the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover
we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.

29 Then I said unto you. Dread not, neither be afraid of
them.

30 Ay’ah your God which goeth before you, he shall
fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt
before your eyes;

31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the
Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all
the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.

32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe Ay’ah your God,

33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a
place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by
what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.

34 And Ay’ah heard the voice of your words, and was
wroth, and sware, saying,

35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil
generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto
your fathers,

36 Save Caleb the son of Y’phunneh; he shall see it, and to
him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to
his children, because he hath wholly followed Ay’ah.

37 Also Ay’ah was angry with me for your sakes,
saying. Thou also shalt not go in thither.

38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee,
he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause
Isra’Al to inherit it.

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39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a
prey, and your children, which in that day had no
knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither,
and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the
wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

41 Then ye answered and said unto me. We have sinned
against Ay’ah, we will go up and fight, according to all
that Ay’ah our God commanded us. And when ye had
girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to
go up into the hill.

42 And Ay’ah said unto me. Say unto them. Go not up,
neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten
before your enemies.

43 So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled
against the commandment of Ay’ah, and went
presumptuously up into the hill.

44 And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came
out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed
you in Seir, even unto Hormah.

45 And ye returned and wept before Ay’ah; but the
Lord would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto
you.

46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the
days that ye abode there.

CHAPTER 2

THEN we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness
by the way of the Red sea, as Ay’ah spake unto me: and
we compassed mount Seir many days.

2 And Ay’ah spake unto me, saying,

3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you
northward.

4 And command thou the people, saying. Ye are to pass
through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau,
which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye
good heed unto yourselves therefore:

5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their
land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have
given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.

6 Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat;
and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may
drink.

7 Lor Ay’ah thy God hath blessed thee in all the works
of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great
wilderness: these forty years Ay’ah thy God hath been
with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.

8 And when we passed by from our brethren the children of
Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain
from Alath, and from Ezion-gaber, we turned and passed by
the way of the wilderness of Moab.

9 And Ay’ah said unto me. Distress not the Moabites,
neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee
of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto
the children of Lot for a possession.

10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great,
and many, and tall, as the Anakims;

11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but
the Moabites call them Emims.

12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the
children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed
them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Isra’Al
did unto the land of his possession, which Ay’ah gave
unto them.

13 Now rise up, said /, and get you over the brook Zered.
And we went over the brook Zered.

14 And the space in which we came from Kadesh-barnea,
until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and
eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were
wasted out from among the host, as Ay’ah sware unto
them.

15 Lor indeed the hand of Ay’ah was against them, to
destroy them from among the host, until they were
consumed.

16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were
consumed and dead from among the people,

17 That Ay’ah spake unto me, saying,

18 Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this
day:

19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of
Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will
not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any
possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot
for a possession.

20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt
therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them
Zamzummims;

21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but
Ay’ah destroyed them before them; and they succeeded
them, and dwelt in their stead:

22 As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir,
when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they
succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:

23 And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto
Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor,
destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)

24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river
Arnon: behold. I have given into thine hand Sihon the
Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it,
and contend with him in battle.

25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear
of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven,
who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in
anguish because of thee.

26 1 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of
Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of
peace, saying,

27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high
way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.

28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and
give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass
through on my feet;

29 (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the
Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass
over Jordan into the land which Ay’ah our God giveth
us.

30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by
him: for Ay’ah thy God hardened his spirit, and made

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his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand,
as appeareth this day.

31 And Ay’ah said unto me. Behold, I have begun to
give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that
thou mayest inherit his land.

32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to
fight at Jahaz.

33 And Ay’ah our God delivered him before us; and we
smote him, and his sons, and all his people.

34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly
destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of
every city, we left none to remain:

35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and
the spoil of the cities which we took.

36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon,
and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead,
there was not one city too strong for us: Ay’ah our God
delivered all unto us:

37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou
earnest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto
the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever Ay’ah
our God forbad us.

CHAPTER 3

THEN we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og
the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his
people, to battle at Edrei.

2 And Ay’ah said unto me. Fear him not: for I will
deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand;
and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of
the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

3 So Ay’ah our God delivered into our hands Og also,
the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him
until none was left to him remaining.

4 And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city
which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the
region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and
bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king
of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and
children, of every city.

7 But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a
prey to ourselves.

8 And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings
of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from
the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon;

9 (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the
Amorites call it Shenir;)

10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan,
unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in
Bashan.

11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of
giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not
in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the
length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the
cubit of a man.

12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from
Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead,

and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the
Gadites.

13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the
kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all
the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the
land of giants.

14 Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob
unto the coasts of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them
after his own name, Bashan-havoth-jair, unto this day.

15 And I gave Gilead unto Machir.

16 And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave
from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and
the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border
of the children of Ammon;

17 The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from
Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea,
under Ashdoth-pisgah eastward.

18 And 1 commanded you at that time, saying. Ay’ah
your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall
pass over armed before your brethren the children of Isra’Al,
all that are meet for the war.

19 But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for
I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities
which I have given you;

20 Until Ay’ah have given rest unto your brethren, as
well as unto you, and until they also possess the land which
Ay’ah your God hath given them beyond Jordan: and
then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I
have given you.

21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying. Thine
eyes have seen all that Ay’ah your God hath done unto
these two kings: so shall Ay’ah do unto all the kingdoms
whither thou passest.

22 Ye shall not fear them: for Ay’ah your God he shall
fight for you.

23 And 1 besought Ay’ah at that time, saying,

24 O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy
greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in
heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and
according to thy might?

25 I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is
beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.

26 But Ay’ah was wroth with me for your sakes, and
would not hear me: and Ay’ah said unto me. Let it
suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.

27 Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes
westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward,
and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this
Jordan.

28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen
him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall
cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

29 So we abode in the valley over against Beth-peor.

CHAPTER 4

NOW therefore hearken, O Isra’Al, unto the statutes and unto
the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye
may live, and go in and possess the land which Ay’ah
God of your fathers giveth you.

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

3 Your eyes have seen what Ay’ah did because of Baal-
peor: for all the men that followed Baal-peor, Ay’ah thy
God hath destroyed them from among you.

4 But ye that did cleave unto Ay’ah your God are alive
every one of you this day.

5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as
Ay’ah my God commanded me, that ye should do so in
the land whither ye go to possess it.

6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and
your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall
hear all these statutes, and say. Surely this great nation is a
wise and understanding people.

7 Lor what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh
unto them, as Ay’ah our God is in all things that we call
upon him/or?

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

9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently,
lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and
lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but
teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before Ay’ah thy
God in Horeb, when Ay’ah said unto me. Gather me the
people together, and I will make them hear my words, that
they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live
upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

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

12 And Ay’ah spake unto you out of the midst of the
fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude;
only ye heard a voice.

13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he
commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and
he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

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

15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw
no manner of similitude on the day that Ay’ah spake
unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves , and make you a graven
image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness 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 air,

18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground,
the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the
earth:

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, shouldest be driven to worship them, and
serve them, which Ay’ah thy God hath divided unto all
nations under the whole heaven.

20 But Ay’ah hath taken you, and brought you forth out
of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a
people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

21 Lurthermore Ay’ah was angry with me for your
sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I
should not go in unto that good land, which Ay’ah thy
God giveth thee for an inheritance:

22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan:
but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.

23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of
Ay’ah your God, which he made with you, and make
you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the
Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.

24 Lor Ay’ah thy God is a consuming fire, even a
jealous God.

25 When thou shalt beget children, and children’s
children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and
shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the
likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the
Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger:

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

27 And Ay’ah shall scatter you among the nations, and
ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither
Ay’ah shall lead you.

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.

29 But if from thence thou shalt seek Ay’ah thy God,
thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and
with all thy soul.

30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are
come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the
Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

31 (Lor Ay’ah thy God is a merciful God;) he will not
forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant
of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

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

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

34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from
the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and
by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a
stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that
Ay’ah your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that
Ay’ah he is God; there is none else beside him.

36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he
might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great
fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose
their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with
his mighty power out of Egypt;

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

39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart,
that Ay’ah he is God in heaven above, and upon the
earth beneath: there is none else.

40 Thou shalt keep therefore 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 earth, which the
Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.

41 Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan
toward the sunrising;

42 That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his
neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and
that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:

43 Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of
the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and
Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.

44 And this is the law which Moses set before the
children of Isra’Al:

45 These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the
judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Isra’Al,
after they came forth out of Egypt,

46 On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor,
in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at
Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Isra’Al smote,
after they were come forth out of Egypt:

47 And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of
Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side
Jordan toward the sunrising;

48 From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon,
even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon,

49 And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto
the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.

CHAPTER 5

AND Moses called all Isra’Al, and said unto them. Hear, O
Isra’Al, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears
this day, that ye may leant them, and keep, and do them.

2 Ay’ah our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

3 Ay’ah made not this covenant with our fathers, but
with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

4 Ay’ah talked with you face to face in the mount out
of the midst of the fire,

5 (I stood between Ay’ah and you at that time, to shew
you the word of Ay’ah: for ye were afraid by reason of
the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,

6 I am Ay’ah thy God, which brought thee out of the
land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any
likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in
the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve
them: for I Ay’ah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and
fourth generation of them that hate me,

10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love

me and keep my commandments.

11 Thou shalt not take the name of Ay’ah thy God in
vain: for Ay’ah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his
name in vain.

12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as Ay’ah thy God
hath commanded thee.

13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of Ay’ah thy God:
in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy
daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor
thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and
thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of
Egypt, and that Ay’ah thy God brought thee out thence
through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore
Ay’ah thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath
day.

16 ( I Honour thy father and thy mother, as Ay’ah thy
God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be
prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land
which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee.

17 Thou shalt not kill.

18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

19 Neither shalt thou steal.

20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy
neighbour.

21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither
shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his
manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any
thing that is thy neighbour’s.

22 These words Ay’ah spake unto all your assembly in
the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of
the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no
more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and
delivered them unto me.

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

24 And ye said. Behold, Ay’ah our God hath shewed 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
talk with man, and he liveth.

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

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?

27 Go thou near, and hear all that Ay’ah our God shall
say: and speak thou unto us all that Ay’ah our God shall
speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.

28 And Ay’ah heard the voice of your words, when ye
spake unto me; and Ay’ah 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.

29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would
fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it

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might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

30 Go say to them. Get you into your tents again.

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

32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as Ay’ah your God
hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right
hand or to the left.

33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which Ay’ah 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.

CHAPTER 6

NOW these are the commandments, the statutes, and the
judgments, which Ay’ah your God commanded to teach
you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to
possess it:

2 That thou mightest fear Ay’ah thy God, to keep all his
statutes and his commandments, which I command thee,
thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life;
and that thy days may be prolonged.

3 Hear therefore, O Isra’Al, and observe to do it; that it
may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily,
as Ay’ah God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the
land that floweth with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Isra’Al: Ay’ah our God is one Lord:

5 And thou shalt love Ay’ah thy God with all thine
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be
in thine heart:

7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and
when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and
they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates.

10 And it shall be, when Ay’ah thy God shall have
brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers,
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and
goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,

11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst
not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards
and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt
have eaten and be full;

12 Then beware lest thou forget Ay’ah, which brought
thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
bondage.

13 Thou shalt fear Ay’ah thy God, and serve him, and
shalt swear by his name.

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the
people which are round about you;

15 (Lor Ay’ah thy God is a jealous God among you) lest
the anger of Ay’ah thy God be kindled against thee, and
destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

16 ‘I Ye shall not tempt Ay’ah your God, as ye tempted

him in Massah.

17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of Ay’ah
your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he
hath commanded thee.

18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the
sight of Ay’ah: that it may be well with thee, and that
thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the
Lord sware unto thy fathers,

19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the
Lord hath spoken.

20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying.
What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the
judgments, which Ay’ah our God hath commanded you?

21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son. We were Pharaoh’s
bondmen in Egypt; and Ay’ah brought us out of Egypt
with a mighty hand:

22 And Ay’ah shewed signs and wonders, great and
sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his
household, before our eyes:

23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring
us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.

24 And Ay’ah commanded us to do all these statutes, to
fear Ay’ah our God, for our good always, that he might
preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all
these commandments before Ay’ah our God, as he hath
commanded us.

CHAPTER 7

WHEN Ay’ah thy God shall bring thee into the land
whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many
nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and
the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and
the Hivites, and the Y’busites, seven nations greater and
mightier than thou;

2 And when Ay’ah thy God shall deliver them before
thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou
shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto
them:

3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy
daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter
shalt thou take unto thy son.

4 Lor they will turn away thy son from following me, that
they may serve other gods: so will the anger of Ay’ah be
kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their
altars, and break down their images, and cut down their
groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

6 Lor thou art an holy people unto Ay’ah thy God: the
Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto
himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

7 Ay’ah did not set his love upon you, nor choose you,
because ye were more in number than any people; for ye
were the fewest of all people:

8 But because Ay’ah loved you, and because he would
keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath
Ay’ah brought you out with a mighty hand, and
redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand
of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

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9 Know therefore that Ay’ah thy God, he is God, the
faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them
that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand
generations;

10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy
them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will
repay him to his face.

11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the
statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this
day, to do them.

12 C J[ Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these
judgments, and keep, and do them, that Ay’ah thy God
shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he
sware unto thy fathers:

13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee:
he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy
land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of
thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he
sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be
male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.

15 And Ay’ah will take away from thee all sickness, and
will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou
knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that
hate thee.

16 And thou shalt consume all the people which Ay’ah
thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon
them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a
snare unto thee.

17 If thou shalt say in thine heart. These nations are more
than I; how can I dispossess them?

18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well
remember what Ay’ah thy God did unto Pharaoh, and
unto all Egypt;

19 The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the
signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the
stretched out arm, whereby Ay’ah thy God brought thee
out: so shall Ay’ah thy God do unto all the people of
whom thou art afraid.

20 Moreover Ay’ah thy God will send the hornet among
them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee,
be destroyed.

21 Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for Ay’ah thy
God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.

22 And Ay’ah thy God will put out those nations before
thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at
once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

23 But Ay’ah thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and
shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be
destroyed.

24 And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou
shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no
man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed
them.

25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire:
thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor
take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an
abomination to Ay’ah thy God.

26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine

house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt
utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a
cursed thing.

CHAPTER 8

ALL the commandments which I command thee this day
shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and
go in and possess the land which Ay’ah sware unto your
fathers.

2 And thou shalt remember all the way which Ay’ah thy
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble
thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart,
whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and
fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did
thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man
doth not live by bread only, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of Ay’ah doth man live.

4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot
swell, these forty years.

5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man
chasteneth his son, so Ay’ah thy God chasteneth thee.

6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the
Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

7 Lor Ay’ah thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a
land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring
out of valleys and hills;

8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and
pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;

9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness,
thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are
iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless
Ay’ah thy God for the good land which he hath given
thee.

11 Beware that thou forget not Ay’ah thy God, in not
keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his
statutes, which I command thee this day:

12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built
goodly houses, and dwelt therein;

13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy
silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is
multiplied;

14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget Ay’ah
thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage;

15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness,
wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought,
where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out
of the rock of flint;

16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy
fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he
might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 And thou say in thine heart. My power and the might of
mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

18 But thou shalt remember Ay’ah thy God: for it is he
that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish
his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this
day.

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19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget Ay’ah thy
God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and
worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall
surely perish.

20 As the nations which Ay’ah destroyeth before your
face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient
unto the voice of Ay’ah your God.

CHAPTER 9

HEAR, O Isra’Al; Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to
go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself,
cities great and fenced up to heaven,

2 A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims,
whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say.
Who can stand before the children of Anak!

3 Understand therefore this day, that Ay’ah thy God is
he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he
shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy
face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them
quickly, as Ay’ah hath said unto thee.

4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that Ay’ah thy God
hath cast them out from before thee, saying. Lor my
righteousness Ay’ah hath brought me in to possess this
land: but for the wickedness of these nations Ay’ah doth
drive them out from before thee.

5 Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine
heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the
wickedness of these nations Ay’ah thy God doth drive
them out from before thee, and that he may perform the
word which Ay’ah sware unto thy fathers, Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob.

6 Understand therefore, that Ay’ah thy God giveth thee
not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for
thou art a stiffnecked people.

7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the
Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that
thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came
unto this place, ye have been rebellious against Ay’ah.

8 Also in Horeb ye provoked Ay’ah to wrath, so that the
Lord was angry with you to have destroyed you.

9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables
of stone, even the tables of the covenant which Ay’ah
made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and
forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

10 And Ay’ah delivered unto me two tables of stone
written with the finger of God; and on them was written
according to all the words, which Ay’ah spake with you
in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the
assembly.

11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty
nights, that Ay’ah gave me the two tables of stone, even
the tables of the covenant.

12 And Ay’ah said unto me. Arise, get thee down
quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought
forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are
quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded
them; they have made them a molten image.

13 Lurthermore Ay’ah spake unto me, saying, I have
seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their
name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation
mightier and greater than they.

15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the
mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant
were in my two hands.

16 And I looked, and. behold, ye had sinned against the
Lord your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had
turned aside quickly out of the way which Ay’ah had
commanded you.

17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two
hands, and brake them before your eyes.

18 And I fell down before Ay’ah, as at the first, forty
days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink
water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing
wickedly in the sight of Ay’ah, to provoke him to anger.

19 Lor I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure,
wherewith Ay’ah was wroth against you to destroy you.
But Ay’ah hearkened unto me at that time also.

20 And Ay’ah was very angry with Aaron to have
destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

21 And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and
burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small,
even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof
into the brook that descended out of the mount.

22 And at Taberah, and at Mass ah, and at Kibroth-
hattaavah, ye provoked Ay’ah to wrath.

23 Likewise when Ay’ah sent you from Kadesh-barnea,
saying. Go up and possess the land which I have given you;
then ye rebelled against the commandment of Ay’ah
your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his
voice.

24 Ye have been rebellious against Ay’ah from the day
that I knew you.

25 Thus I fell down before Ay’ah forty days and forty
nights, as I fell down at the first; because Ay’ah had
said he would destroy you.

26 I prayed therefore unto Ay’ah, and said, O Lord God,
destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou
hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast
brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

27 Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their
wickedness, nor to their sin:

28 Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say.
Because Ay’ah was not able to bring them into the land
which he promised them, and because he hated them, he
hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.

29 Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which
thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy
stretched out arm.

CHAPTER 10

AT that time Ay’ah said unto me. Hew thee two tables
of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the
mount, and make thee an ark of wood.

2 And I will write on the tables the words that were in the
first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in
the ark.

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3 And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables
of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount,
having the two tables in mine hand.

4 And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing,
the ten commandments, which Ay’ah spake unto you in
the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the
assembly: and Ay’ah gave them unto me.

5 And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and
put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they
be, as Ay’ah commanded me.

6 And the children of Isra’Al took their journey from
Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron
died, and there he was buried; and Aleazar his son
ministered in the priest’s office in his stead.

7 Lrom thence they journeyed unto Gudgodah; and from
Gudgodah to Jotbath, a land of rivers of waters.

8 At that time Ay’ah separated the tribe of Levi, to
bear the ark of the covenant of Ay’ah, to stand before
Ay’ah to minister unto him, and to bless in his name,
unto this day.

9 Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his
brethren; Ay’ah is his inheritance, according as the
Lord thy God promised him.

10 And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time,
forty days and forty nights; and Ay’ah hearkened unto
me at that time also, and Ay’ah would not destroy thee.

11 And Ay’ah said unto me. Arise, take thy journey
before the people, that they may go in and possess the land,
which I sware unto their fathers to give unto them.

12 And now, Isra’Al, what doth Ay’ah thy God require
of thee, but to fear Ay’ah thy God, to walk in all his
ways, and to love him, and to serve Ay’ah thy God with
all thy heart and with all thy soul,

13 To keep the commandments of Ay’ah, and his
statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the
Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

15 Only Ay’ah had a delight in thy fathers to love them,
and he chose their seed after them, even you above all
people, as it is this day.

16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be
no more stiffnecked.

17 Lor Ay’ah your God is God of gods, and Lord of
lords, a great God. a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth
not persons, nor taketh reward:

18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and
widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and
raiment.

19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in
the land of Egypt.

20 Thou shalt fear Ay’ah thy God; him shalt thou serve,
and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for
thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have
seen.

22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and
ten persons; and now Ay’ah thy God hath made thee as
the stars of heaven for multitude.

CHAPTER 11

THERELORE thou shalt love Ay’ah thy God, and keep
his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his
commandments, alway.

2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children
which have not known, and which have not seen the
chastisement of Ay’ah your God, his greatness, his
mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst
of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his
land;

4 And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their
horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the
Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and
how Ay’ah hath destroyed them unto this day;

5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came
into this place;

6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of
Aliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth,
and swallowed them up, and their households, and their
tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in
the midst of all Isra’Al:

7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of Ay’ah
which he did.

8 Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I
command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in
and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

9 And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the
Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their
seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

10 ( H Lor the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not
as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou
sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden
of herbs:

11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of
hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

12 A land which Ay’ah thy God careth for: the eyes of
Ay’ah thy God are always upon it, from the beginning
of the year even unto the end of the year.

13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently
unto my commandments which I command you this day, to
love Ay’ah your God, and to serve him with all your
heart and with all your soul,

14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due
season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest
gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that
thou mayest eat and be full.

16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived,
and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

17 And then Ay’ah’s wrath be kindled against you, and
he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the
land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off
the good land which Ay’ah giveth you.

18 ( I Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart
and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand,
that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them
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the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine
house, and upon thy gates:

21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your
children, in the land which Ay’ah sware unto your
fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments
which I command you, to do them, to love Ay’ah your
God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

23 Then will Ay’ah drive out all these nations from
before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and
mightier than yourselves.

24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread
shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the
river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall
your coast be.

25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the
Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of
you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath
said unto you.

26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a
curse;

27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of Ay’ah
your God, which I command you this day:

28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of
Ay’ah your God, but turn aside out of the way which I
command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye
have not known.

29 And it shall come to pass, when Ay’ah thy God hath
brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess
it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and
the curse upon mount Ebal.

30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where
the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which
dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the
plains of Moreh?

31 For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land
which Ay’ah your God giveth you, and ye shall possess
it, and dwell therein.

32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments
which I set before you this day.

CHAPTER 12

THESE are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall
observe to do in the land, which Ay’ah God of thy
fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live
upon the earth.

2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations
which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high
mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:

3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their
pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew
down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the
names of them out of that place.

4 Ye shall not do so unto Ay’ah your God.

5 But unto the place which Ay’ah your God shall choose
out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his
habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your

sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your
hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the
firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:

7 And there ye shall eat before Ay’ah your God, and ye
shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your
households, wherein Ay’ah thy God hath blessed thee.

8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this
day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the
inheritance, which Ay’ah your God giveth you.

10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which
Ay’ah your God giveth you to inherit, and when he
giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that
ye dwell in safety;

11 Then there shall be a place which Ay’ah your God
shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall
ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and
your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your
hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the
Lord:

12 And ye shall rejoice before Ay’ah your God, ye, and
your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and
your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates;
forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt
offerings in every place that thou seest:

14 But in the place which Ay’ah shall choose in one of
thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and
there thou shalt do all that I command thee.

15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy
gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the
blessing of Ay’ah thy God which he hath given thee: the
unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck,
and as of the hart.

16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the
earth as water.

17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy
corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy
herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou
vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of
thine hand:

18 But thou must eat them before Ay’ah thy God in the
place which Ay’ah thy God shall choose, thou, and thy
son. and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy
maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and
thou shalt rejoice before Ay’ah thy God in all that thou
puttest thine hands unto.

19 Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as
long as thou livest upon the earth.

20 When Ay’ah thy God shall enlarge thy border, as
he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh,
because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh,
whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.

21 If the place which Ay’ah thy God hath chosen to put
his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of
thy herd and of thy flock, which Ay’ah hath given thee,
as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates
whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.

22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt

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eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat o/them alike.

23 Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is
the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

24 Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as
water.

25 Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and
with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which
is right in the sight of Ay’ah.

26 Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows,
thou shalt take, and go unto the place which Ay’ah shall
choose:

27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and
the blood, upon the altar of Ay’ah thy God: and the
blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of
Ay’ah thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

28 Observe and hear all these words which I command
thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children
after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and
right in the sight of Ay’ah thy God.

29 When Ay’ah thy God shall cut off the nations from
before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou
succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;

30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by
following them, after that they be destroyed from before
thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying. How
did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do
likewise.

31 Thou shalt not do so unto Ay’ah thy God: for every
abomination to Ay’ah, which he hateth, have they done
unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they
have burnt in the fire to their gods.

32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it:
thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

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IL there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams,
and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he
spake unto thee, saying. Let us go after other gods, which
thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or
that dreamer of dreams: for Ay’ah your God proveth
you, to know whether ye love Ay’ah your God with all
your heart and with all your soul.

4 Ye shall walk after Ay’ah your God, and fear him, and
keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall
serve him, and cleave unto him.

5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put
to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the
Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of
Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to
thrust thee out of the way which Ay’ah thy God
commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away
from the midst of thee.

6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy
daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is
as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying. Let us go
and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor
thy fathers;

7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about
you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end
of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;

8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him;
neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare,
neither shalt thou conceal him:

9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first
upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all
the people.

10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die;
because he hath sought to thrust thee away from Ay’ah
thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from
the house of bondage.

11 And all Isra’Al shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more
any such wickedness as this is among you.

12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the
Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,

13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from
among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their
city, saying. Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have
not known;

14 Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask
diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain,
that such abomination is wrought among you;

15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with
the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is
therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of
the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all
the spoil thereof every whit, for Ay’ah thy God: and it
shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to
thine hand: that Ay’ah may turn from the fierceness of
his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon
thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;

18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of Ay’ah thy
God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee
this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of Ay’ah
thy God.

CHAPTER 14

YE are the children of Ay’ah your God: ye shall not cut
yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for
the dead.

2 Lor thou art an holy people unto Ay’ah thy God, and
Ay’ah hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto
himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

4 These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep,
and the goat,

5 The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the
wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the
chamois.

6 And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the
cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts,
that ye shall eat.

7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the
cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel,
and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but

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divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.

8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth
not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their
flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

9 These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that
have fins and scales shall ye eat:

10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat;
it is unclean unto you.

11Of all clean birds ye shall eat.

12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle,
and the ossifrage, and the ospray,

13 And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his
kind.

14 And every raven after his kind,

15 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and
the hawk after his kind.

16 The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan,

17 And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant,

18 And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the
lapwing, and the bat.

19 And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you:
they shall not be eaten.

20 But of all clean fowls ye may eat.

21 ‘I Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou
shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he
may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art
an holy people unto Ay’ah thy God. Thou shalt not
seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the
field bringeth forth year by year.

23 And thou shalt eat before Ay’ah thy God, in the place
which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of
thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of
thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear
Ay’ah thy God always.

24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not
able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which
Ay’ah thy God shall choose to set his name there, when
Ay’ah thy God hath blessed thee:

25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the
money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the
Lord thy God shall choose:

26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy
soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for
strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou
shalt eat there before Ay’ah thy God, and thou shalt
rejoice, thou, and thine household,

27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not
forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the
tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up
within thy gates:

29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance
with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the
widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall
eat and be satisfied; that Ay’ah thy God may bless thee
in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

CHAPTER 15

AT the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.

2 And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that
lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall
not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is
called Ay’ah’s release.

3 Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which
is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release;

4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the
Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which Ay’ah
thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:

5 Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of Ay’ah
thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I
command thee this day.

6 Lor Ay’ah thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee:
and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not
borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they
shall not reign over thee.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren
within any of thy gates in thy land which Ay’ah thy God
giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine
hand from thy poor brother:

8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt
surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he
wanteth.

9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart,
saying. The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and
thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest
him nought; and he cry unto Ay’ah against thee, and it
be sin unto thee.

10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be
grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this
thing Ay’ah thy God shall bless thee in all thy works,
and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

11 Lor the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I
command thee, saying. Thou shalt open thine hand wide
unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew
woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in
the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou
shalt not let him go away empty:

14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out
of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the
Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.

15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in
the land of Egypt, and Ay’ah thy God redeemed thee:
therefore I command thee this thing to day.

16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away
from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because
he is well with thee;

17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear
unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also
unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.

18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him
away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired
servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and Ay’ah thy
God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.

19 ‘I All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy

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flock thou shalt sanctify unto Ay’ah thy God: thou shalt
do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the
firstling of thy sheep.

20 Thou shalt eat it before Ay’ah thy God year by year
in the place which Ay’ah shall choose, thou and thy
household.

21 And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or
blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it
unto Ay’ah thy God.

22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean and the
clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck, and as the
hart.

23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour
it upon the ground as water.

CHAPTER 16

OBSERVE the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto
Ay’ah thy God: for in the month of Abib Ay’ah thy
God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto Ay’ah
thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the
Lord shall choose to place his name there.

3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt
thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of
affliction; for thou earnest forth out of the land of Egypt in
haste; that thou mayest remember the day when thou
earnest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all
thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the
flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain
all night until the morning.

5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy
gates, which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee:

6 But at the place which Ay’ah thy God shall choose to
place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at
even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou
earnest forth out of Egypt.

7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the
Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the
morning, and go unto thy tents.

8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the
seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to Ay’ah thy
God: thou shalt do no work therein.

9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to
number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest
to put the sickle to the corn.

10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto Ay’ah
thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand,
which thou shalt give unto Ay’ah thy God, according as
Ay’ah thy God hath blessed thee:

11 And thou shalt rejoice before Ay’ah thy God, thou,
and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy
maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the
stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among
you, in the place which Ay’ah thy God hath chosen to
place his name there.

12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in
Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

13 C J[ Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days.

after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son,
and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant,
and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the
widow, that are within thy gates.

15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the
Lord thy God in the place which Ay’ah shall choose:
because Ay’ah thy God shall bless thee in all thine
increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou
shalt surely rejoice.

16 C J[ Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before
Ay’ah thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the
feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in
the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the
Lord empty:

17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the
blessing of Ay’ah thy God which he hath given thee.

18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy
gates, which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee, throughout thy
tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect
persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of
the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou
mayest live, and inherit the land which Ay’ah thy God
giveth thee.

21 Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto
the altar of Ay’ah thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the
Lord thy God hateth.

CHAPTER 17

THOU shalt not sacrifice unto Ay’ah thy God any
bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any
evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto Ay’ah
thy God.

2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates
which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that
hath wrought wickedness in the sight of Ay’ah thy God,
in transgressing his covenant,

3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped
them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven,
which I have not commanded;

4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and inquired
diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that
such abomination is wrought in Isra’Al:

5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman,
which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates,
even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with
stones, till they die.

6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall
he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth
of one witness he shall not be put to death.

7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put
him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So
thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment,
between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and
between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy

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within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into
the place which Ay’ah thy God shall choose;

9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto
the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire; and they
shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they
of that place which Ay’ah shall choose shall shew thee;
and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they
inform thee:

11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall
teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall
tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the
sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor
to the left.

12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not
hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before
Ay’ah thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall
die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Isra’Al.

13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more
presumptuously.

14 When thou art come unto the land which Ay’ah thy
God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell
therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all
the nations that are about me;

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the
Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren
shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger
over thee, which is not thy brother.

16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the
people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply
horses: forasmuch as Ay’ah hath said unto you. Ye shall
henceforth return no more that way.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart
turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself
silver and gold.

18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his
kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a
book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the
days of his life: that he may learn to fear Ay’ah his God,
to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do
them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and
that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right
hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days
in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Isra’Al.

CHAPTER 18

THE priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have
no part nor inheritance with Isra’Al: they shall eat the
offerings of Ay’ah made by fire, and his inheritance.

2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their
brethren: Ay’ah is their inheritance, as he hath said unto
them.

3 And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from
them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and
they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two
cheeks, and the maw.

4 The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine

oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give
him.

5 Lor Ay’ah thy God hath chosen him out of all thy
tribes, to stand to minister in the name of Ay’ah, him
and his sons for ever.

6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all
Isra’Al, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of
his mind unto the place which Ay’ah shall choose;

7 Then he shall minister in the name of Ay’ah his God,
as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before
Ay’ah.

8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which
cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

9 ‘I When thou art come into the land which Ay’ah thy
God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the
abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh
his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a
witch,

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a
wizard, or a necromancer.

12 Lor all that do these things are an abomination unto the
Lord: and because of these abominations Ay’ah thy
God doth drive them out from before thee.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with Ay’ah thy God.

14 Lor these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened
unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee,
Ay’ah thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

15 Ay’ah thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet
from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto
him ye shall hearken;

16 According to all that thou desiredst of Ay’ah thy God
in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying. Let me not
hear again the voice of Ay’ah my God, neither let me
see this great fire any more, that I die not.

17 And Ay’ah said unto me. They have well spoken that
which they have spoken.

18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their
brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
command him.

19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not
hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I
will require it of him.

20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in
my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or
that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet
shall die.

21 And if thou say in thine heart. How shall we know the
word which Ay’ah hath not spoken?

22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of Ay’ah, if the
thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which
Ay’ah hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it
presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

CHAPTER 19

WHEN Ay’ah thy God hath cut off the nations, whose
land Ay’ah thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest

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them, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses;

2 Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy
land, which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee to possess it.

3 Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of
thy land, which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee to inherit,
into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither.

4 And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee
thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour
ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;

5 As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to
hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to
cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and
lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto
one of those cities, and live:

6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his
heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and
slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as
he hated him not in time past.

7 Wherefore I command thee, saying. Thou shalt separate
three cities for thee.

8 And if Ay’ah thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath
sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he
promised to give unto thy fathers;

9 If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them,
which I command thee this day, to love Ay’ah thy God,
and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three
cities more for thee, beside these three:

10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the
Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood
be upon thee.

11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for
him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he
die, and fleeth into one of these cities:

12 Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him
thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of
blood, that he may die.

13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the
guilt of innocent blood from Isra’Al, that it may go well with
thee.

14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark,
which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which
thou shalt inherit in the land that Ay’ah thy God giveth
thee to possess it.

15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any
iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the
mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses,
shall the matter be established.

16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify
against him that which is wrong;

17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is,
shall stand before Ay’ah, before the priests and the
judges, which shall be in those days;

18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and,
behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified
falsely against his brother;

19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have
done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from
among you.

20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall

henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.

21 And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye
for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

CHAPTER 20

WHEN thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and
seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be
not afraid of them: for Ay’ah thy God is with thee,
which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle,
that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,

3 And shall say unto them. Hear, O Isra’Al, ye approach this
day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts
faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified
because of them;

4 Lor Ay’ah your God is he that goeth with you, to fight
for you against your enemies, to save you.

5 And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying.
What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not
dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die
in the battle, and another man dedicate it.

6 And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath
not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his
house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it.

7 And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and
hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house,
lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.

8 And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and
they shall say. What man is there that is fearful and
fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his
brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.

9 And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of
speaking unto the people, that they shall make captains of
the armies to lead the people.

10 C J[ When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it,
then proclaim peace unto it.

11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and
open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is
found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall
serve thee.

12 And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make
war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:

13 And when Ay’ah thy God hath delivered it into thine
hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of
the sword:

14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all
that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take
unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies,
which Ay’ah thy God hath given thee.

15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far
off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.

16 But of the cities of these people, which Ay’ah thy
God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive
nothing that breatheth:

17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites,
and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the
Hivites, and the Y’busites; as Ay’ah thy God hath
commanded thee:

18 That they teach you not to do after all their

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abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so
should ye sin against Ay’ah your God.

19 ‘I When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making
war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees
thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat
of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of
the field is man’s life ) to employ them in the siege:

20 Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees
for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou
shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with
thee, until it be subdued.

CHAPTER 21

IF one be found slain in the land which Ay’ah thy God
giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not
known who hath slain him:

2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they
shall measure unto the cities which are round about him
that is slain:

3 And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain
man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which
hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in
the yoke;

4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer
unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and
shall strike off the heifer’s neck there in the valley:

5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them
Ay’ah thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to
bless in the name of Ay’ah; and by their word shall
every controversy and every stroke be tried:

6 And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain
man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded
in the valley:

7 And they shall answer and say. Our hands have not shed
this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

8 Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Isra’Al, whom thou
hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people
of Isra’Al’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.

9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from
among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the
sight of Ay’ah.

10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies,
and Ay’ah thy God hath delivered them into thine hands,
and thou hast taken them captive,

11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and
hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy
wife;

12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she
shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off
her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father
and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in
unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou
shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her
at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her,
because thou hast humbled her.

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another
hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved

and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was
hated:

16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that
which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved
firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the
firstborn:

17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the
firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath:
for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the
firstborn is his.

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son. which
will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his
mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not
hearken unto them:

19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him,
and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the
gate of his place;

20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city. This our
son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice;
he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones,
that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you;
and all Isra’Al shall hear, and fear.

22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death,
and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:

23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but
thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is
hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled,
which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee/or an inheritance.

CHAPTER 22

THOU shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray,
and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring
them again unto thy brother.

2 And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know
him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and
it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou
shalt restore it to him again.

3 In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt
thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy
brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt
thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.

4 f Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down
by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely
help him to lift them up again.

5 1 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a
man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all
that do so are abomination unto Ay’ah thy God.

6 If a bird’s nest chance to be before thee in the way in
any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or
eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs,
thou shalt not take the dam with the young:

7 But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the
young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou
mayest prolong thy days.

8 When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a
battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine
house, if any man fall from thence.

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the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of
thy vineyard, be defiled.

10 ( H Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of
woollen and linen together.

12 ( 1 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of
thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

13 1 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate
her,

14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up
an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and
when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take
and bring forth the tokens o/the damsel’s virginity unto the
elders of the city in the gate:

16 And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave
my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her,
saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are
the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread
the cloth before the elders of the city.

18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and
chastise him;

19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of
silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because
he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Isra’Al: and
she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be
not found for the damsel:

21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her
father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with
stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Isra’Al,
to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put
evil away from among you.

22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to an
husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that
lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away
evil from Isra’Al.

23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an
husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that
city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the
damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the
man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so
thou shalt put away evil from among you.

25 1[ But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and
the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that
lay with her shall die:

26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the
damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth
against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this
matter:

27 For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel
cried, and there was none to save her.

28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not
betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be
found:

29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the
damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his

wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her
away all his days.

30 A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor discover his
father’s skirt.

CHAPTER 23

HE that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member
cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of Ay’ah.

2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the
Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into
the congregation of Ay’ah.

3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the
congregation of Ay’ah; even to their tenth generation
shall they not enter into the congregation of Ay’ah for
ever:

4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in
the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because
they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of
Mesopotamia, to curse thee.

5 Nevertheless Ay’ah thy God would not hearken unto
Balaam; but Ay’ah thy God turned the curse into a
blessing unto thee, because Ay’ah thy God loved thee.

6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy
days for ever.

7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother:
thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a
stranger in his land.

8 The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the
congregation of Ay’ah in their third generation.

9 When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then
keep thee from every wicked thing.

10 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by
reason of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then shall
he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the
camp:

11 But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash
himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall
come into the camp again.

12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither
thou shalt go forth abroad:

13 And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it
shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig
therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh
from thee:

14 For Ay’ah thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp,
to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee;
therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean
thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

15 1 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant
which is escaped from his master unto thee:

16 He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place
which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh
him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Isra’Al, nor
a sodomite of the sons of Isra’Al.

18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a
dog, into the house of Ay’ah thy God for any vow: for
even both these are abomination unto Ay’ah thy God.

19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of

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money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent
upon usury:

20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto
thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that Ay’ah
thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to
in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

21 ( H When thou shalt vow a vow unto Ay’ah thy God,
thou shalt not slack to pay it: for Ay’ah thy God will
surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in
thee.

23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and
perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast
vowed unto Ay’ah thy God, which thou hast promised
with thy mouth.

24 ‘|[ When thou comest into thy neighbour’s vineyard, then
thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but
thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.

25 When thou comest into the standing com of thy
neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand;
but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour’s
standing corn.

CHAPTER 24

WHEN a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it
come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he
hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her
a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her
out of his house.

2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go
and be another man’s wife.

3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of
divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out
of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to
be his wife;

4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take
her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is
abomination before Ay’ah: and thou shalt not cause the
land to sin, which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee for an
inheritance.

5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out
to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but
he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his
wife which he hath taken.

6 No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to
pledge: for he taketh a mans life to pledge.

7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the
children of Isra’Al, and maketh merchandise of him, or
selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil
away from among you.

8 ‘I Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe
diligently, and do according to all that the priests the
Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall
observe to do.

9 Remember what Ay’ah thy God did unto Miriam by
the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt.

10 C J[ When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt
not go into his house to fetch his pledge.

11 Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost

lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee.

12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his
pledge:

13 In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when
the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment,
and bless thee: and it shall be righteousness unto thee
before Ay’ah thy God.

14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor
and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy
strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:

15 At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the
sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart
upon it: lest he cry against thee unto Ay’ah, and it be sin
unto thee.

16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children,
neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers:
every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

17 Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger,
nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:

18 But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in
Egypt, and Ay’ah thy God redeemed thee thence:
therefore I command thee to do this thing.

19 ‘I When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and
hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to
fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and
for the widow: that Ay’ah thy God may bless thee in all
the work of thine hands.

20 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go
over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the
fatherless, and for the widow.

21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou
shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for
the fatherless, and for the widow.

22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in
the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this
thing.

CHAPTER 25

IE there be a controversy between men, and they come unto
judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall
justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten,
that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten
before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

3 Lorty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he
should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes,
then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the
corn.

5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and
have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without
unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her,
and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an
husband’s brother unto her.

6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall
succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his
name be not put out of Isra’Al.

7 And if the man like not to take his brother’s wife, then let
his brother’s wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say.

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My husband’s brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a
name in Isra’Al, he will not perform the duty of my
husband’s brother.

8 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto
him: and if he stand to it , and say, I like not to take her;

9 Then shall his brother’s wife come unto him in the
presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot,
and spit in his face, and shall answer and say. So shall it be
done unto that man that will not build up his brother’s
house.

10 And his name shall be called in Isra’Al, The house of him
that hath his shoe loosed.

11 When men strive together one with another, and the
wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out
of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her
hand, and taketh him by the secrets:

12 Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity
her.

13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great
and a small.

14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a
great and a small.

15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect
and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be
lengthened in the land which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee.

16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously,
are an abomination unto Ay’ah thy God.

17 l |[ Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way,
when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of
thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast
faint and weary; and he feared not God.

19 Therefore it shall be, when Ay’ah thy God hath given
thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land
which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to
possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of
Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.

CHAPTER 26

AND it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which
Ay’ah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and
possessest it, and dwellest therein;

2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth,
which thou shalt bring of thy land that Ay’ah thy God
giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto
the place which Ay’ah thy God shall choose to place his
name there.

3 And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those
days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto Ay’ah
thy God, that I am come unto the country which Ay’ah
sware unto our fathers for to give us.

4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and
set it down before the altar of Ay’ah thy God.

5 And thou shalt speak and say before Ay’ah thy God, A
Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down
into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became
there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and
laid upon us hard bondage:

7 And when we cried unto Ay’ah God of our fathers, the
Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our
labour, and our oppression:

8 And Ay’ah brought us forth out of Egypt with a
mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great
terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:

9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us
this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.

10 And now, behold. I have brought the firstfruits of the
land, which thou, O Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt
set it before Ay’ah thy God, and worship before the
Lord thy God:

11 And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the
Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house,
thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.

12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of
thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing,
and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the
fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy
gates, and be filled;

13 Then thou shalt say before Ay’ah thy God, I have
brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and
also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger,
to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy
commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not
transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten
them:

14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I
taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given
ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the
voice of Ay’ah my God, and have done according to all
that thou hast commanded me.

15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and
bless thy people Isra’Al, and the land which thou hast given
us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with
milk and honey.

16 ( I This day Ay’ah thy God hath commanded thee to
do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep
and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

17 Thou hast avouched Ay’ah this day to be thy God,
and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his
commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his
voice:

18 And Ay’ah hath avouched thee this day to be his
peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou
shouldest keep all his commandments;

19 And to make thee high above all nations which he hath
made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou
mayest be an holy people unto Ay’ah thy God, as he
hath spoken.

CHAPTER 27

AND Moses with the elders of Isra’Al commanded the
people, saying. Keep all the commandments which I
command you this day.

2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan
unto the land which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee, that
thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with
plaister:

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3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law,
when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the
land which Ay’ah thy God giveth thee, a land that
floweth with milk and honey; as Ay’ah God of thy
fathers hath promised thee.

4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye
shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in
mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.

5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto Ay’ah thy
God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool
upon them.

6 Thou shalt build the altar of Ay’ah thy God of whole
stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the
Lord thy God:

7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there,
and rejoice before Ay’ah thy God.

8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this
law very plainly.

9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all
Isra’Al, saying. Take heed, and hearken, O Isra’Al; this day
thou art become the people of Ay’ah thy God.

10 Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of Ay’ah thy
God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I
command thee this day.

11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,

12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the
people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi,
and Yudah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:

13 And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse;
Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men
of Isra’Al with a loud voice,

15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten
image, an abomination unto Ay’ah, the work of the
hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And
all the people shall answer and say. Amen.

16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his
mother. And all the people shall say. Amen.

17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark.
And all the people shall say. Amen.

18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the
way. And all the people shall say. Amen.

19 Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the
stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall
say. Amen.

20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he
uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say.
Amen.

21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all
the people shall say. Amen.

22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his
father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people
shall say. Amen.

23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all
the people shall say. Amen.

24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all
the people shall say. Amen.

25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent
person. And all the people shall say. Amen.

26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this
law to do them. And all the people shall say. Amen.

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AND it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently
unto the voice of Ay’ah thy God, to observe and to do
all his commandments which I command thee this day, that
Ay’ah thy God will set thee on high above all nations of
the earth:

2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake
thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of Ay’ah thy
God.

3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be
in the field.

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy
ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine,
and the flocks of thy sheep.

5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed
shalt thou be when thou goest out.

7 Ay’ah shall cause thine enemies that rise up against
thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out
against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

8 Ay’ah shall command the blessing upon thee in thy
storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and
he shall bless thee in the land which Ay’ah thy God
giveth thee.

9 Ay’ah shall establish thee an holy people unto
himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the
commandments of Ay’ah thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called
by the name of Ay’ah; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And Ay’ah shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the
fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the
fruit of thy ground, in the land which Ay’ah sware unto
thy fathers to give thee.

12 Ay’ah shall open unto thee his good treasure, the
heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to
bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto
many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And Ay’ah shall make thee the head, and not the tail;
and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath;
if that thou hearken unto the commandments of Ay’ah
thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to
do them:

14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which
I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to
go after other gods to serve them.

15 ( H But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto
the voice of Ay’ah thy God, to observe to do all his
commandments and his statutes which I command thee this
day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and
overtake thee:

16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be
in the field.

17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy
land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed

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shalt thou be when thou goest out.

20 Ay’ah shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and
rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do,
until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly;
because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast
forsaken me.

21 Ay’ah shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee,
until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou
goest to possess it.

22 Ay’ah shall smite thee with a consumption, and with
a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme
burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with
mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and
the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

24 Ay’ah shall make the rain of thy land powder and
dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou
be destroyed.

25 Ay’ah shall cause thee to be smitten before thine
enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee
seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the
kingdoms of the earth.

26 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air,
and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them
away.

27 Ay’ah will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and
with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch,
whereof thou canst not be healed.

28 Ay’ah shall smite thee with madness, and blindness,
and astonishment of heart:

29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in
darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou
shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man
shall save thee.

30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with
her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell
therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the
grapes thereof.

31 Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt
not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from
before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep
shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none
to rescue them.

32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another
people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for
them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine
hand.

33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation
which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only
oppressed and crushed alway:

34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes
which thou shalt see.

35 Ay’ah shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs,
with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy
foot unto the top of thy head.

36 Ay’ah shall bring thee, and thy king which thou
shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy
fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods,
wood and stone.

37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and
a byword, among all nations whither Ay’ah shall lead
thee.

38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt
gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt
neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the
worms shall eat them.

40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but
thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive
shall cast his fruit.

41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not
enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.

42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust
consume.

43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee
very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he
shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.

45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and
shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed;
because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of Ay’ah
thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which
he commanded thee:

46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder,
and upon thy seed for ever.

47 Because thou servedst not Ay’ah thy God with
joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of
all things;

48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the
Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in
nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke
of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

49 Ay’ah shall bring a nation against thee from far,
from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a
nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard
the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:

51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of
thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave
thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or
flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.

52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high
and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst,
throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy
gates throughout all thy land, which Ay’ah thy God hath
given thee.

53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh
of thy sons and of thy daughters, which Ay’ah thy God
hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness,
wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:

54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very
delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward
the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his
children which he shall leave:

55 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his
children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left
him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine
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56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which
would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the
ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil
toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and
toward her daughter,

57 And toward her young one that cometh out from
between her feet, and toward her children which she shall
bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in
the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall
distress thee in thy gates.

58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law
that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this
glorious and fearful name, Ay’ah THY GOD;

59 Then Ay’ah will make thy plagues wonderful, and
the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long
continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of
Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto
thee.

61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not
written in the book of this law, them will Ay’ah bring
upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as
the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not
obey the voice of Ay’ah thy God.

63 And it shall come to pass, that as Ay’ah rejoiced over
you to do you good, and to multiply you; so Ay’ah will
rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought;
and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou
goest to possess it.

64 And Ay’ah shall scatter thee among all people, from
the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou
shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers
have known, even wood and stone.

65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither
shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but Ay’ah shall give
thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow
of mind:

66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou
shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of
thy life:

67 In the morning thou shalt say. Would God it were even!
and at even thou shalt say. Would God it were morning! for
the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the
sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

68 And Ay’ah shall bring thee into Egypt again with
ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee. Thou shalt see
it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your
enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall
buy you.

CHAPTER 29

THESE are the words of the covenant, which Ay’ah
commanded Moses to make with the children of Isra’Al in
the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with
them in Horeb.

2 And Moses called unto all Isra’Al, and said unto them.
Ye have seen all that Ay’ah did before your eyes in the
land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and

unto all his land;

3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the
signs, and those great miracles:

4 Yet Ay’ah hath not given you an heart to perceive, and
eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your
clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not
waxen old upon thy foot.

6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or
strong drink: that ye might know that I am Ay’ah your
God.

7 And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of
Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us
unto battle, and we smote them:

8 And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance
unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe
of Manasseh.

9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them,
that ye may prosper in all that ye do.

10 Ye stand this day all of you before Ay’ah your
God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your
officers, with all the men of Isra’Al,

11 Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in
thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of
thy water:

12 That thou shouldest enter into covenant with Ay’ah
thy God, and into his oath, which Ay’ah thy God maketh
with thee this day:

13 That he may establish thee to day for a people unto
himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said
unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this
oath;

15 But with him that standeth here with us this day before
Ay’ah our God, and also with him that is not here with
us this day:

16 (Lor ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt;
and how we came through the nations which ye passed by;

17 And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols,
wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)

18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or
family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the
Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations;
lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and
wormwood;

19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this
curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have
peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to
add drunkenness to thirst:

20 Ay’ah will not spare him, but then the anger of the
Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all
the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him,
and Ay’ah shall blot out his name from under heaven.

21 And Ay’ah shall separate him unto evil out of all the
tribes of Isra’Al, according to all the curses of the covenant
that are written in this book of the law:

22 So that the generation to come of your children that shall
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land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and
the sicknesses which Ay’ah hath laid upon it;

23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt,
and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass
groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and
Gomorrah, Adrnah, and Zeboim, which Ay’ah
overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

24 Even all nations shall say. Wherefore hath Ay’ah
done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this
great anger?

25 Then men shall say. Because they have forsaken the
covenant of Ay’ah God of their fathers, which he made
with them when he brought them forth out of the land of
Egypt:

26 Lor they went and served other gods, and worshipped
them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not
given unto them:

27 And the anger of Ay’ah was kindled against this land,
to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book:

28 And Ay’ah rooted them out of their land in anger,
and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into
another land, as it is this day.

29 The secret things belong unto Ay’ah our God: but
those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our
children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

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AND it shall come to pass, when all these things are come
upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set
before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the
nations, whither Ay’ah thy God hath driven thee,

2 And shalt return unto Ay’ah thy God, and shalt obey
his voice according to all that I command thee this day,
thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy
soul;

3 That then Ay’ah thy God will turn thy captivity, and
have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee
from all the nations, whither Ay’ah thy God hath
scattered thee.

4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of
heaven, from thence will Ay’ah thy God gather thee, and
from thence will he fetch thee:

5 And Ay’ah thy God will bring thee into the land which
thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will
do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6 And Ay’ah thy God will circumcise thine heart, and
the heart of thy seed, to love Ay’ah thy God with all
thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

7 And Ay’ah thy God will put all these curses upon
thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted
thee.

8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of Ay’ah,
and do all his commandments which I command thee this
day.

9 And Ay’ah thy God will make thee plenteous in every
work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit
of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the
Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced
over thy fathers:

10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of Ay’ah thy
God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are
written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the
Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
Ilf Lor this commandment which I command thee this
day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say. Who shall go
up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear
it, and do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say.
Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that
we may hear it, and do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in
thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

15 f See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and
death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love Ay’ah thy
God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments
and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live
and multiply: and Ay’ah thy God shall bless thee in the
land whither thou goest to possess it.

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear,
but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve
them;

181 denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish,
and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land,
whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and
cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed
may live:

20 That thou mayest love Ay’ah thy God, and that thou
mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto
him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou
mayest dwell in the land which Ay’ah sware unto thy
fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

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AND Moses went and spake these words unto all Isra’Al.

2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years
old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the
Lord hath said unto me. Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

3 Ay’ah thy God, he will go over before thee, and he
will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt
possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as
Ay’ah hath said.

4 And Ay’ah shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and
to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them,
whom he destroyed.

5 And Ay’ah shall give them up before your face, that
ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments
which I have commanded you.

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of
them: for Ay’ah thy God, he it is that doth go with thee;
he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the
sight of all Isra’Al, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou
must go with this people unto the land which Ay’ah hath
sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause

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them to inherit it.

8 And Ay’ah, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be
with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear
not, neither be dismayed.

9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the
priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant
of Ay’ah, and unto all the elders of Isra’Al.

10 And Moses commanded them, saying. At the end of
every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in
the feast of tabernacles,

11 When all Isra’Al is come to appear before Ay’ah thy
God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this
law before all Isra’Al in their hearing.

12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and
children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they
may hear, and that they may learn, and fear Ay’ah your
God, and observe to do all the words of this law:

13 And that their children, which have not known any
thing , may hear, and learn to fear Ay’ah your God, as
long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to
possess it.

14 And Ay’ah said unto Moses, Behold, thy days
approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present
yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may
give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and
presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And Ay’ah appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a
cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the
tabernacle.

16 And Ay’ah said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt
sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a
whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither
they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break
my covenant which I have made with them.

17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day,
and 1 will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them,
and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles
shall befall them; so that they will say in that day. Are not
these evils come upon us, because our God is not among
us?

18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the
evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned
unto other gods.

19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it
the children of Isra’Al: put it in their mouths, that this song
may be a witness for me against the children of Isra’Al.

20 Lor when I shall have brought them into the land which I
sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey;
and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen
fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and
provoke me, and break my covenant.

21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles
are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as
a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of
their seed: for I know their imagination which they go
about, even now, before I have brought them into the land
which I sware.

22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and
taught it the children of Isra’Al.

23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said.
Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the
children of Isra’Al into the land which I sware unto them:
and I will be with thee.

24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of
writing the words of this law in a book, until they were
finished,

25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark
of the covenant of Ay’ah, saying,

26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the
ark of the covenant of Ay’ah your God, that it may be
there for a witness against thee.

27 Lor I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold,
while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been
rebellious against Ay’ah; and how much more after my
death?

28 Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your
officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call
heaven and earth to record against them.

29 Lor I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt
yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have
commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days;
because ye will do evil in the sight of Ay’ah, to provoke
him to anger through the work of your hands.

30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of
Isra’Al the words of this song, until they were ended.

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GIVE ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O
earth, the words of my mouth.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil
as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as
the showers upon the grass:

3 Because I will publish the name of Ay’ah: ascribe ye
greatness unto our God.

4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right
is he.

5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot
of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

6 Do ye thus requite Ay’ah, O foolish people and
unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he
not made thee, and established thee?

7 l |[ Remember the days of old, consider the years of many
generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy
elders, and they will tell thee.

8 When the most High divided to the nations their
inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the
bounds of the people according to the number of the
children of Isra’Al.

9 Lor Ay’ah’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of
his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling
wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept
him as the apple of his eye.

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her
young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth
them on her wings:

12 So Ay’ah alone did lead him, and there was no

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strange god with him.

13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he
might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to
suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and
rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of
kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the
grape.

15 But Y’shurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen
fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then
he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the
Rock of his salvation.

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with
abominations provoked they him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom
they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom
your fathers feared not.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast
forgotten God that formed thee.

19 And when Ay’ah saw it, he abhorred them, because
of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see
what their end shall be: for they are a very froward
generation, children in whom is no faith.

21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not
God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities:
and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a
people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto
the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her
increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine
arrows upon them.

24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with
burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send
the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of
the dust.

25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both
the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the
man of gray hairs.

26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make
the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest
their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and
lest they should say. Our hand is high, and Ay’ah hath
not done all this.

28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there
any understanding in them.

29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that
they would consider their latter end!

30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten
thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the
Lord had shut them up?

31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies
themselves being judges.

32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields
of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters
are bitter:

33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom

of asps.

34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among
my treasures?

35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot
shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at
hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

36 For Ay’ah shall judge his people, and repent himself
for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and
there is none shut up, or left.

37 And he shall say. Where are their gods, their rock in
whom they trusted,

38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the
wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you,
and be your protection.

39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with
me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is
there any that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold
on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and
will reward them that hate me.

42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my
sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the
slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges
upon the enemy.

43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will
avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance
to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to
his people.

44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song
in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.

45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to
all Isra’Al:

46 And he said unto them. Set your hearts unto all the
words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall
command your children to observe to do, all the words of
this law.

47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life:
and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the
land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

48 And Ay’ah spake unto Moses that selfsame day,
saying,

49 Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount
Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against
Y’richo; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto
the children of Isra’Al for a possession:

50 And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be
gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in
mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people:

51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of
Isra’Al at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of
Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the
children of Isra’Al.

52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt
not go thither unto the land which I give the children of
Isra’Al.

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AND this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God

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blessed the children of Isra’Al before his death.

2 And he said. Ay’ah came from Sinai, and rose up
from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and
he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand
went a fiery law for them.

3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand:
and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy
words.

4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the
congregation of Jacob.

5 And he was king in Y’shurun, when the heads of the
people and the tribes of Isra’Al were gathered together.

6 Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be
few.

7 And this is the blessing of Yudah: and he said. Hear,
Lord, the voice of Yudah, and bring him unto his people:
let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to
him from his enemies.

8 And of Levi he said. Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be
with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and
with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;

9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not
seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor
knew his own children: for they have observed thy word,
and kept thy covenant.

10 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Isra’Al thy
law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt
sacrifice upon thine altar.

11 Bless, Ay’ah, his substance, and accept the work of his
hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him,
and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

12 And of Benjamin he said. The beloved of Ay’ah
shall dwell in safety by him; and Ay’ah shall cover him
all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

13 And of Joseph he said. Blessed of Ay’ah be his
land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for
the deep that coucheth beneath,

14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and
for the precious things put forth by the moon,

15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and
for the precious things of the lasting hills,

16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness
thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush:
let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the
top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.

17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns
are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the
people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten
thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of
Manasseh.

18 And of Zebulun he said. Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy
going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.

19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they
shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of
the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.

20 And of Gad he said. Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad:
he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of
the head.

21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there.

in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came
with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the
Lord, and his judgments with Isra’Al.

22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion’s whelp: he shall
leap from Bashan.

23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with
favour, and full with the blessing of Ay’ah: possess thou
the west and the south.

24 And of Asher he said. Let Asher be blessed with
children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him
dip his foot in oil.

25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so
shall thy strength be.

26 There is none like unto the God of Y’shurun, who
rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on
the sky.

27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the
everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from
before thee; and shall say. Destroy them.

28 Isra’Al then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of
Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his
heavens shall drop down dew.

29 Happy art thou, O Isra’Al: who is like unto thee, O people
saved by Ay’ah, the shield of thy help, and who is the
sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found
liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

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AND Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the
mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against
Y’richo. And Ay’ah shewed him all the land of Gilead,
unto Dan,

2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh,
and all the land of Yudah, unto the utmost sea,

3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Y’richo, the
city of palm trees, unto Zoar.

4 And Ay’ah said unto him. This is the land which I
sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I
will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with
thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.

5 So Moses the servant of Ay’ah died there in the land
of Moab, according to the word of Ay’ah.

6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over
against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre
unto this day.

7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when
he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

8 And the children of Isra’Al wept for Moses in the plains
of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning
for Moses were ended.

9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of
wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the
children of Isra’Al hearkened unto him, and did as Ay’ah
commanded Moses.

10 K And there arose not a prophet since in Isra’Al like unto
Moses, whom Ay’ah knew face to face,

11 In all the signs and the wonders, which Ay’ah sent
him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his
servants, and to all his land.

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12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror | which Moses shewed in the sight of all Isra’Al.


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