Moses Dies

34:1-12 Moses Dies Chapter 34 v1 Then Moses climbed from the plains of Moab to *Mount Nebo. He went to the top of *Mount Pisgah, which is east of Jericho. There, the *LORD showed to him the whole country. Moses saw Gilead’s land as far north as Dan. v2 He saw also all of Naphtali’s land, Ephraim’s land and Manasseh’s land. He saw Judah’s land across to the Mediterranean Sea. v3 He saw the southern area. And he saw the whole area from the valley of Jericho to Zoar. Jericho…

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This is the blessing that Moses, God’s prophet, gave to the Israelites

Chapter 33 v1 This is the blessing that Moses, God’s prophet, gave to the Israelites. Moses did this before he died. v2 ‘The *LORD came from *Mount Sinai.   He rose like the sun over Seir. He shone from *Mount Paran.   He came with 1000s of *holy *angels.   There was fire at his right side. v3 Certainly you love the people. You look after the *holy people.   They all bend down at your feet. You give instructions to them. v4 Moses gave to us the law that…

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Listen, heavens, and I will speak

Chapter 32 v1 Listen, heavens, and I will speak.   Oh earth, hear the words that I say. v2 My lessons will come down like the rain.   My words will form on the earth like the mist in the morning.   They will be like showers of rain on new grass,   They will be like much rain on young plants. v3 I will call aloud the name of the *LORD.   Oh, tell people that our God is very great! v4 He is the rock that is strong. What…

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Then Moses continued to speak to all the Israelites

Chapter 31 v1 Then Moses continued to speak to all the Israelites. v2 ‘I am now 120 years old. I cannot continue to lead you. The *LORD has said to me, “You shall not go across the River Jordan.” v3 The *LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will *destroy the nations that are in front of you. Then you will possess their country. Also, the *LORD has told you that Joshua will lead you across the river. v4 Sihon and Og were the kings of…

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All these blessings and curses

Chapter 30 v1 All these blessings and curses, that I have told you about, will happen to you. You will live among the nations to which the *LORD your God has scattered you. Then remember. v2 Suppose that you and your *descendants return to the *LORD your God. Then you obey completely all the commands that I am giving to you today. v3 Then the *LORD your God will have *mercy on you. You will not continue to be prisoners. He will bring you back from the nations where the *LORD…

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These are the words of the covenant

Chapter 29 v1 These are the words of the covenant. The *LORD ordered Moses to make it with the *Israelites in the country called Moab. This was in addition to the *covenant that he had made with them at *Mount Sinai. v2 Moses called all the *Israelites together and he spoke to them: ‘You saw all that the *LORD did in Egypt to the king, to all his officials and to all his country. v3 You saw the great troubles, the *signs and the great *wonders. v4 But the *LORD…

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Listen carefully to the LORD your God

Chapter 28 v1 Listen carefully to the LORD your God. *Keep and obey all his *commandments. I am ordering that to you today. If you do, the *LORD your God will make you greater than any other nation on earth.v2 If you obey the *LORD your God, you will have all these *blessings: v3 God will *bless you in your towns and in the country. v4 He will *bless your children. He will *bless your crops. He will *bless your young sheep and your young *cattle. v5 He will *bless the…

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Moses and the leaders of the Israelites ordered the people

Chapter 27 v1 Moses and the leaders of the Israelites ordered the people. ‘*Keep all the *commandments that I order you today. v2 You must do the following things when you have gone across the River Jordan. There you will find the country that the *LORD your God is giving to you. Put up some large stones. And cover them with material that is like white paint. v3 Write on the stones all the words of this law. Do that when you have entered the country. The *LORD your God…

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The LORD your God is giving this country to you to possess

Chapter 26 v1 The LORD your God is giving this country to you to possess. You will own it and you will live there. v2 Then take some of the first part of each crop that you harvest from the land. That crop comes from the soil in the country that the *LORD your God is giving to you. Put the first part of the crop into a basket. Go to the place that the *LORD your God will choose. v3 Go to the priest who is serving at that time.…

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Perhaps two men have an argument and they go to court

Chapter 25 v1 Perhaps two men have an argument and they go to court. The judges declare that one man is innocent. Then he declares that the other man is guilty. v2 If the guilty man deserves punishment, the judge will make him lie down. Then someone will whip him in front of the judge. The number of strokes will depend on the crime that he has done. v3 He must not receive more than 40 strokes. If he received more, that would cause him great shame.’ *Justice was very important.…

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Suppose that a man marries a woman

Chapter 24 v1 Suppose that a man marries a woman. Later, he decides that she does not please him. He finds something about her that he does not like. So, he writes out a note of divorce and he gives it to her. Then he sends her away. v2 After she has left his house, she marries another man. v3 Then her second husband decides that he does not want her. He writes out a note of divorce and he gives it to her. Then he sends her away from his…

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A person may squeeze hard or cut off the sex parts of a man

Chapter 23 v1 A person may squeeze hard or cut off the sex parts of a man. The man with the physical damage cannot go to the *LORD’s house. v2 A person cannot go to the *LORD’s house if his father and mother are not both *Israelites. Also, his *descendants can never go there, not even after 10 *generations. v3 No *Ammonite or *Moabite or any of their children can go to the *LORD’s house, not even after 10 *generations. v4 They refused to give bread and water to you…

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You may see that your neighbour’s ox or sheep is loose

Chapter 22 v1 You may see that your neighbour’s ox or sheep is loose. If you do, you must not avoid it. Take the animal back to your neighbour. v2 If its owner lives far away, take the animal to your home with you. Also, you must do that if you do not know the animal’s owner. When the owner comes to look for his animal, then give it to him. v3 Do the same if you find your neighbour’s *donkey or his coat or anything else. Do not avoid it.…

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Suppose that there has been a murder

Chapter 21 v1 Suppose that there has been a murder. Then someone finds the dead body in a field. It is in the country that the *LORD your God will give to you. You do not know who killed the person. v2 Your leaders and judges must go out. They must measure the distance from the body to each of the nearest towns. v3 Then the leaders in the town that is nearest to the body must choose a young cow. This cow has never worn a wooden bar that joins…

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fight against your enemies

Chapter 20 v1 ‘Do not be afraid when you go to fight against your enemies. You may see horses and carts that men use in war. You may see an army that is bigger than your army. The *LORD your God, who rescued you from Egypt, is with you. v2 Just before you go into battle, a priest will speak to the army. v3 He will say this. “*Israelite men, listen. Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not lose courage. Do not be afraid. Do not…

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The LORD your God will destroy the nations

Chapter 19 v1 The LORD your God will destroy the nations whose country he is giving to you. You will force them out. You will live in their towns and houses. v2 Then choose three cities in the country that the *LORD your God is giving to you to possess. They must be easy to reach. v3 Build roads to them. Divide into three parts the country that the *LORD your God is giving to you to possess. Then anyone who kills a person can go to one of those cities.…

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The priests are Levites

Chapter 18 v1 The priests are Levites. They and all the *tribe called Levi, will not have any share of the land in *Israel. The people burn *offerings in order to give them to the *LORD. But part of those offerings (that they do not burn) will be food for the *Levites. That is their share. v2 The *Levites will not own any land in the country as the other *tribes do. The *LORD will supply everything that they need. He promised that to them. v3 This is what the people…

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The LORD your God hates such sacrifices

Chapter 17 v1 ‘If any sheep or *cattle are not perfect, do not *sacrifice them to the *LORD your God. The LORD your God hates such sacrifices. v2 Maybe you hear that a man or a woman has *sinned against the *LORD your God. This person lives in one of the towns that the *LORD your God is giving to you. He has not *kept the *covenant laws.v3 He has given honour to false gods or he has served them. Perhaps he has given honour to the sun or the…

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You must celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God in the month called Abib

Chapter 16 v1 You must celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God in the month called Abib. On a night in that month, the *LORD your God brought you out of Egypt. v2 *Sacrifice an animal from your sheep or your *cattle. *Sacrifice to the *LORD your God as the *Passover. Do that at the place that the *LORD has chosen. The *LORD will be there in a special way. v3 With this meal, do not eat bread that you make with *yeast. For 7 days you must eat bread…

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Suppose that there is a poor Israelite man

Chapter 15 v1 ‘At the end of every 7 years, you must cancel debts. v2 This is what you must do. Everyone who has lent money to another *Israelite must cancel the debt. He must not ask for payment. The *LORD has declared that he must cancel the debt. v3 You can demand what a foreigner owes to you. But you must not demand what another *Israelite owes to you. v4 However, there should be no poor people among you because the *LORD your God will *bless you in the…

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You are the children of the LORD your God

Chapter 14 v1 You are the children of the LORD your God. When someone dies, do not cut yourselves. Do not shave the front of your head. v2 You belong to the *LORD your God. The *LORD has chosen you to be his special nation. He chose you out of all the nations that live on the earth. v3 Do not eat anything that is not *clean. v4 You can eat *cattle, sheep, goats, v5 *deer, wild sheep, wild goats and *antelopes. v6 Some animals have the hard part of the…

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worship false gods

Chapter 13 v1 ‘A *prophet or someone who explains the meaning of dreams might promise to you a *sign or a *wonder. v2 Then he might ask you to worship false gods. And he might ask you to serve those false gods. You have not known these false gods before. Even if the *sign or *wonder happens, v3 do not listen to that person. The *LORD your God is testing you. The *LORD wants to discover whether you love him completely. v4 You must *worship the *LORD your God and…

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The Israelites must destroy the altars where the Canaanites worshipped their false gods

Chapter 12 v1 ‘You must be careful to *keep these rules and laws for as long as you live in the country. The *LORD, the God of your *ancestors, has given this country to you to possess it. v2 You will take the country from the people who live there. Destroy completely all the places where the people served their false gods. Those places are on the high mountains, on the hills and under green trees. v3 Pull down their *altars and break their *holy stones. Burn in the fire…

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Love and obey the LORD

Chapter 11 Love and obey the LORD                             11:1-32 v1 ‘Therefore, love the *LORD your God. Always *keep his instructions, his rules and his *commandments. v2 Remember today the *LORD’s discipline. Your children did not see or have an experience of it. They did not see how great the *LORD is. They did not see his power v3 and his wonderful acts in Egypt. They did not see what he did to *Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and to his whole country. v4 They did not see how God completely defeated…

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The second pair of stone blocks

Chapter 10 The second pair of stone blocks                         10:1-11 v1 ‘Then the *LORD said to me, “Cut two blocks from stone like the first ones. Also, make a wooden box. Then come up to me on the mountain. v2 I will write the same words on the new blocks as the words on the blocks that you broke. Then you must put the blocks in the box.” v3 So I made a box from the wood of *acacia trees. I cut two blocks from stone like the first ones and…

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The reason for God’s actions and for the failure of Israel

Chapter 9 The reason for God’s actions and for the failure of Israel        9:1-29 v1 ‘Listen to this, *Israelites. Now you will go across the River Jordan. You will go into the country and you will possess it. It belongs to nations that are greater and stronger than you. Their cities are large. They have walls round them that reach the sky. v2 The people are tall and strong. They are the *Anakites. They are giant people. People have said that nobody can fight against them. v3 But you can…

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Moses warns the people not to forget the LORD

Chapter 8 Moses warns the people not to forget the LORD             8:1-20 v1 ‘Be careful to *keep all the *commandments that I ordered you today. Then you will live and you will increase in numbers. You will be able to enter and to possess the country. The *LORD promised this country to your *ancestors. v2 Remember how the *LORD your God led you in the *desert for 40 years. He did that to take away your pride. And he wanted to examine you. Then he would discover what you intended…

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God chose Israel to be a separate people

Chapter 7 God chose Israel to be a separate people                7:1-26 v1 ‘The *LORD your God will bring you into the country that you will possess. He will force out 7 nations that are larger and more powerful than you. Those nations are called the Hittites, the Girgashites, the *Amorites, the *Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites. v2 The *LORD your God will hand over those nations to you. You will defeat them and you must *destroy them completely. Do not make an agreement with them. Do not…

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The great command to love the LORD the God of Israel

Chapter 6 The great command to love the LORD the God of Israel            6:1-9 v1 ‘These are all the commands, rules and laws that the *LORD your God ordered me to teach to you. Obey them in the country that you will cross the River Jordan to possess. v2 Then you, your children and their children must be afraid to make the *LORD your God angry. You must think like that for as long as you live. You must obey all his rules and commands that I order you. Then,…

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God’s 10 commands

Chapter 5 God’s 10 commands                                 5:1-21 v1 Then Moses called together all the *Israelites and he said to them, ‘People in *Israel, hear the rules and the laws that I am telling to you today. Learn them and be sure to *keep them. v2 The *LORD our God made a *covenant with us at *Mount Sinai. v3 The *LORD did not make that *covenant with our *ancestors. He made it with us who are alive today. v4 The *LORD spoke to you directly from the fire on the mountain. v5…

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