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For you are a people holy to the Lord, your God; the Lord, your God, has chosen you from all the peoples on the face of the earth to be a people specially his own.(A)

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Therefore, keep the commandments of the Lord, your God, by walking in his ways and fearing him.

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The Lord’s Majesty and Compassion. 12 (A)Now, therefore, Israel, what does the Lord, your God, ask of you but to fear the Lord, your God, to follow in all his ways, to love and serve the Lord, your God, with your whole heart and with your whole being,(B) 13 to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord that I am commanding you today for your own well-being?(C)

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22 (A)For if you are careful to observe this entire commandment I am giving you, loving the Lord, your God, following his ways exactly, and holding fast to him,

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For you are a people holy to the Lord, your God; the Lord, your God, has chosen you from all the peoples on the face of the earth to be a people specially his own.(A)

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Moses, with the levitical priests, then said to all Israel: Be silent, Israel, and listen! This day you have become the people of the Lord, your God.(A)

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Chapter 28

Blessings for Obedience. Now,(A)(B) if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord, your God, carefully observing all his commandments which I give you today, the Lord, your God, will set you high above all the nations of the earth.(C)

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The Lord will establish you as a holy people, as he swore to you,(A) if you keep the commandments of the Lord, your God, and walk in his ways.

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12 so that he may establish you today as his people and he may be your God, as he promised you and as he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 13 (A)But it is not with you alone that I am making this covenant, with its curse,

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I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God;(A) and you will know that I, the Lord, am your God who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians

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Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant,[a] you will be my treasured possession among all peoples,(A) though all the earth is mine. You will be to me a kingdom of priests,[b] a holy nation.(B) That is what you must tell the Israelites.

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Footnotes

  1. 19:5 Covenant: while covenants between individuals and between nations are ubiquitous in the ancient Near East, the adaptation of this concept to express the relationship that will henceforth characterize God’s relationship to Israel represents an important innovation of biblical faith. Other gods might “choose” nations to fulfill a special destiny or role in the world; but only Israel’s God is bound to a people by covenant. Thereby Israel’s identity as a people is put upon a foundation that does not depend upon the vicissitudes of Israelite statehood or the normal trappings of national existence. Israel will be a covenant people.
  2. 19:6 Kingdom of priests: inasmuch as this phrase is parallel to “holy nation,” it most likely means that the whole Israelite nation is set apart from other nations and so consecrated to God, or holy, in the way priests are among the people (cf. Is 61:6; 1 Pt 2:5, 9).

Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people, who answered, “All that the Lord has said, we will hear and do.”

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12 Ever present in your midst, I will be your God, and you will be my people;

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24 (A)You have established for yourself your people Israel as your people forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.

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23 This rather is what I commanded them: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk exactly in the way I command you, so that you may prosper.(A)

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33 But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days—oracle of the Lord. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.(A)

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20 so that they walk according to my statutes, taking care to keep my ordinances. Thus they will be my people, and I will be their God.(A)

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23 On that day I will respond—oracle of the Lord
    I will respond to the heavens,
    and they will respond to the earth;

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