The Greatest Commandment

1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the Lord your God commanded, to teach you, that you might do them in the land that you are going over to possess; 2 that you might fear the Lord your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I am commanding you—you, your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Listen therefore, Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4 Hear, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart, 7 and 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 up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates.

10 It shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you great and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and cisterns dug out which you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and when you have eaten and are full, 12 then beware lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

13 You shall fear the Lord your God, and serve him, and swear by his name. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you, 15 for the Lord your God among you is a jealous God, lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from the face of the earth.

16 You shall not test the Lord your God, as you tested him in Massah. 17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you. 18 You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to your fathers, 19 to thrust out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken.

Teach Your Children

20 When your son asks you in times to come, “What do the testimonies, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the Lord our God has commanded you mean?” 21 then you shall tell your son, “We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand, 22 and the Lord showed great and severe signs and wonders on Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his house, before our eyes; 23 and he brought us out from there so that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore to our fathers. 24 The Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might keep us alive, as we are today. 25 It shall be righteousness to us, if we are careful to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.”

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