New American Bible (Revised Edition)
4 (A)Hear, O Israel![a] The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! 5 Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.(B) 6 (C)Take to heart these words which I command you today.(D) 7 Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.(E) 8 Bind them on your arm as a sign[b] and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.(F) 9 Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.(G)Read full chapter
- 6:4 Hear, O Israel!: in Hebrew, shema yisra’el; hence this passage (vv. 4–9), containing the Great Commandment, is called the Shema. In later Jewish tradition, 11:13–21 and Nm 15:37–41 were added to form a prayer recited every evening and morning. The Lord is our God, the Lord alone: other possible translations are “the Lord our God is one Lord”; “the Lord our God, the Lord is one”; “the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.”
- 6:8 Bind them…as a sign: these injunctions were probably meant merely in a figurative sense; cf. Ex 13:9, 16. In the late postexilic period, they were taken quite literally, and devout Jews tied on their arms and foreheads “phylacteries,” boxes containing strips of parchment on which these words were inscribed; cf. Mt 23:5.