Deuteronomy 4

Deuteronomy 4

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27 For the LORD will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive.

28 There, in a foreign land, you will worship idols made from wood and stone, gods that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

29 From there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.

30 "When those bitter days have come upon you far in the future, you will finally return to the LORD your God and listen to what he tells you.

31 For the LORD your God is merciful--he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.

32 "Search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now. Then search from one end of the heavens to the other. See if anything as great as this has ever happened before.

33 Has any nation ever heard the voice of God* speaking from fire--as you did--and survived?1

34 Has any other god taken one nation for himself by rescuing it from another by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, awesome power, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the LORD your God did for you in Egypt, right before your very eyes.

35 "He showed you these things so you would realize that the LORD is God and that there is no other god.

36 He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it.

37 Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants and personally brought you out of Egypt with a great display of power.

38 He drove out nations far greater than you, so he could bring you in and give you their land as a special possession, as it is today.

39 So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other god!

40 If you obey all the laws and commands that I will give you today, all will be well with you and your children. Then you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time."

41 Then Moses set apart three cities of refuge east of the Jordan River,

42 where anyone who had accidentally killed someone without having any previous hostility could flee for safety.

43 These were the cities: Bezer on the wilderness plateau for the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead for the tribe of Gad; Golan in Bashan for the tribe of Manasseh.

44 This is the law that Moses handed down to the Israelites.

45 These are the stipulations, laws, and regulations that Moses gave to the people of Israel when they left Egypt,

46 and as they camped in the valley near Beth-peor east of the Jordan River. (This land was formerly occupied by the Amorites under King Sihon of Heshbon. He and his people had been destroyed by Moses and the Israelites as they came up from Egypt.

47 Israel conquered his land and that of King Og of Bashan--the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan.

48 So Israel conquered all the area from Aroer at the edge of the Arnon Gorge to Mount Sirion,* also called Mount Hermon.2

49 And they took the eastern bank of the Jordan Valley as far south as the Dead Sea,* below the slopes of Pisgah.)3

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1: Or voice of a god.

2: As in Syriac version (see also 3:9); Hebrew reads Mount Sion.

3: Hebrew took the Arabah on the east side of the Jordan as far as the sea of the Arabah.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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