Moses Commands Obedience

Deuteronomy 4

1 "And now, O Israel, listen to w the statutes and the rules 1 that I am teaching you, and do them, x that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 y You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. 3 Your eyes have seen what the Lord did z at Baal-peor, for the Lord your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor. 4 But you who held fast to the Lord your God are all alive today. 5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 6 a Keep them and do them, for b that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 7 For c what great nation is there that has d a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? 8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so e righteous as all this law that I set before you today?

9 f "Only take care, and g keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. h Make them known to your children and your children's children - 10 how on i the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, j 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, k so that they may learn to fear l me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.' 11 And m you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while n the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom. 12 Then o the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, p but saw no form; q there was only a voice. 13 r And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, s the Ten Commandments, 2 t and he wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 And u the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and rules, that you might do them in the land that you are going over to possess.

  1. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:4
    You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:24
    And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.
    Deuteronomy 8:1
    The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
  3. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 12:32
    Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.
    Joshua 1:7
    Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
    Proverbs 30:6
    Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
    Revelation 22:18 - 19
    I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.
  4. Cross References
    Numbers 23:28
    So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the desert.
    Numbers 25:3 - 9
    So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:9
    Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
  6. Cross References
    Job 28:28
    And he said to man, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'
    Psalms 111:10
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
    Proverbs 1:7
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    Proverbs 9:10
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
  7. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:23
    And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods?
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 34:18
    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
    Psalms 46:1
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    Psalms 145:18
    The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
    Psalms 148:14
    He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the Lord!
    James 4:8
    Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 7:12
    So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
  10. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:23
    Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you.
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 4:23
    Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:7
    You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
    Deuteronomy 11:19
    You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
    Deuteronomy 32:46
    He said to them, "Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law.
    Genesis 18:19
    For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.
    Psalms 78:4 - 6
    We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 19:9
    And the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever." When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
    Exodus 19:16
    On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.
    Hebrews 12:18 - 19
    For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:12
    Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 14:23
    And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
    Deuteronomy 17:19
    And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them.
  16. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 12:1
    These are the statutes and rules that you shall be careful to do in the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth.
    Deuteronomy 31:13
    And that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.
    1 Kings 8:40
    That they may fear you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our fathers.
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 19:17
    Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.
  18. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 5:22 - 23
    These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.
    Exodus 19:18
    Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
    Exodus 20:18
    Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off
    Exodus 20:21
    The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
    Exodus 24:16 - 17
    The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
  19. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:33
    Did any people ever hear the voice of a god spe...
    Deuteronomy 4:36
    Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that h...
    Deuteronomy 5:4
    The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mou...
    Deuteronomy 5:22
    These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly...
    Exodus 20:1
    And God spoke all these words, saying.
    Exodus 20:19
    And said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we wil...
  20. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:15
    Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire.
  21. Cross References
    Exodus 20:22
    And the Lord said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: 'You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven.
    1 Kings 19:12
    And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.
    Job 4:16
    It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:9
    When I went up the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the Lord made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.
    Deuteronomy 9:11
    And at the end of forty days and forty nights the Lord gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.
  23. Cross References
    Exodus 34:28
    So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
  24. Cross References
    Exodus 24:12
    The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.
  25. Cross References
    Exodus 21:1 - 23:1
    Now these are the rules that you shall set before them.
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