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Revelation at Horeb. However, be on your guard and be very careful not to forget the things your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart as long as you live, but make them known to your children(A) and to your children’s children, 10 that day you stood before the Lord, your God, at Horeb, when the Lord said to me: Assemble the people for me, that I may let them hear my words, that they may learn to fear[a] me as long as they live in the land and may so teach their children.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:10 Fear: not in the sense of “be terrified,” but rather “manifest reverence or awe.”

Only be careful,(A) and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach(B) them to your children(C) and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb,(D) when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn(E) to revere(F) me as long as they live in the land(G) and may teach(H) them to their children.”

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Instruction to Children. 20 (A)Later on, when your son asks you, “What do these decrees and statutes and ordinances mean?”(B) which the Lord, our God, has enjoined on you, 21 (C)you shall say to your son, “We were once slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand(D) 22 and wrought before our eyes signs and wonders, great and dire, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and his whole house. 23 He brought us from there to bring us in and give us the land he had promised on oath to our ancestors.(E) 24 (F)The Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes in fear of the Lord, our God, that we may always have as good a life as we have today. 25 This is our justice before the Lord, our God: to observe carefully this whole commandment he has enjoined on us.”

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20 In the future, when your son asks you,(A) “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.(B) 22 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God,(C) so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.(D) 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law(E) before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.(F)

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Chapter 11

Recalling the Wonders of the Lord. Love the Lord, your God, therefore, and keep his charge, statutes, ordinances, and commandments always.(A) Recall today that it was not your children, who have neither known nor seen the discipline of the Lord, your God—his greatness, his strong hand and outstretched arm;(B) the signs and deeds he wrought in the midst of Egypt, on Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and on all his land;(C) what he did to the Egyptian army and to their horses and chariots, engulfing them in the waters of the Red Sea[a] as they pursued you,(D) so that the Lord destroyed them even to this day; what he did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place; and what he did to the Reubenites Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up out of the midst of Israel, with their families and tents and every living thing that belonged to them—(E) but it was you who saw with your own eyes all these great deeds that the Lord has done.

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Footnotes

  1. 11:4 The Red Sea: Hebrew yam suph, that is, “sea of reeds” or “reedy sea.”

Love and Obey the Lord

11 Love(A) the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.(B) Remember today that your children(C) were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God:(D) his majesty,(E) his mighty hand, his outstretched arm;(F) the signs he performed and the things he did in the heart of Egypt, both to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his whole country;(G) what he did to the Egyptian army, to its horses and chariots,(H) how he overwhelmed them with the waters of the Red Sea[a](I) as they were pursuing you, and how the Lord brought lasting ruin on them. It was not your children who saw what he did for you in the wilderness until you arrived at this place, and what he did(J) to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab the Reubenite, when the earth opened(K) its mouth right in the middle of all Israel and swallowed them up with their households, their tents and every living thing that belonged to them. But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the Lord has done.(L)

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  1. Deuteronomy 11:4 Or the Sea of Reeds

19 Teach them to your children, speaking of them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up,

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19 Teach them to your children,(A) talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.(B)

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13 Their children also, who do not know it yet, shall hear and learn to fear the Lord, your God, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.

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13 Their children,(A) who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

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46 he said to them,(A) Take to heart all the words that I am giving in witness against you today, words you should command your children, that they may observe carefully every word of this law.

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46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day,(A) so that you may command(B) your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.

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22 When you lie down they[a] will watch over you,
    when you wake, they will share your concerns;
    wherever you turn, they will guide you.

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Footnotes

  1. 6:22 They: Heb. has “she.” If this verse is not out of place, then the antecedent of “she” is command (v. 20), or perhaps wisdom.

22 When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.

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