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13 And he revealed to you the covenant[a] he has commanded you to keep, the Ten Commandments,[b] writing them on two stone tablets. 14 Moreover, at that same time the Lord commanded me to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to keep in the land that you are about to enter and possess.[c]

The Nature of Israel’s God

15 Be very careful,[d] then, because you saw no form at the time the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the middle of the fire.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 4:13 sn This is the first occurrence of the word בְּרִית (berit, “covenant”) in the Book of Deuteronomy but it appears commonly hereafter (4:23, 31; 5:2, 3; 7:9, 12; 8:18; 9:9, 10, 11, 15; 10:2, 4, 5, 8; 17:2; 29:1, 9, 12, 14, 15, 18, 21, 25; 31:9, 16, 20, 25, 26; 33:9). Etymologically, it derives from the notion of linking or yoking together. See M. Weinfeld, TDOT 2:255.
  2. Deuteronomy 4:13 tn Heb “the ten words.”
  3. Deuteronomy 4:14 tn Heb “to which you are crossing over to possess it.”
  4. Deuteronomy 4:15 tn Heb “give great care to your souls.”

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