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wrote them in two tables of stone, be well with them, and with their and delivered them unto me.
children for ever. 23 And it came to pass, when 30 Go, say to them, Get ye into ye heard the voice out of the your tents again. midst of the darkness (for the 31 :But as for thee, stand thou mountain did burn with fire) that here by me, and I will speak unto ye came near unto me, even all thee all the commandments, and the heads of your tribes, and your the statutes, and the judgments elders ;
which thou shalt teach them, that 24 And ye said, Behold, the they may do them in the land LORD our God hath shewed us his which I give them to possess it. glory, and his greatness, and we 32 Ye shall observe to do therehave heard his voice out of the fore as the LORD your God hath midst of the fire: we have seen commanded you : ye shall not turn this day that God doth talk with aside § to the right hand or to the man, and he liveth.
left. 25 Now therefore why should 33 Ye shall walk in all the ways we die? for this great fire will which the LORD your God hath consume us. If we hear the voice commanded you : that ye may of the LORD our God any more, live I, and that it may be well with then we shall die.
you, and that ye may prolong your 26 For who is there of all flesh days in the land which ye shall that hath heard the voice of the possess. living God, speaking out of the midst of the fire, (as we have,) and
C H A P. VI. lived ?
1 The end of the law is obedience. 27 Go thou near, and hear all 3 An exhortation thereto. that the Lord our God shall say ;- Now these are the commandthe Lord our God shall speak ments, the statutes, and the judg. unto thee, and we will hear it, ments which the LORD your God and do it.
commanded to teach you, that ye 28 And the LORD heard the 'might do them in the land whither voice of your words when ye spake ye go to possess it: unto me; and the LORD said unto 2 That thou mightest fear the me, I have heard the voice of the LORD thy God ll, to keep all his words of this people which they statutes and his commandments have spoken unto thee: they have which I command thee; thou, and well said all that they have spoken, thy son, and thy son's son, all the
29 O that there were * such an days of thy life, and that thy days heart in them, that they would may be prolonged. fear me, and keep all my com- 3 | Hear, therefore, O Israel, mandments always, that it might and observe to do it, that it may
* He requireth of us nothing but obedience, shewing also, that of ourselves we are unwilling thereunto,
$ Ye shall neither add nor diminish, chap. iv. ver. 3.
# As by obedience God giveth us all felicity: so of disobeying God, proceed all our miseries, | A reverent fear and love of God, is the first beginning to keep God's commandments.
וְעָשִׂינוּ : 28
אֲבָנִים וַיִּתְגַם אֵלִי : 23 וַיְהִי כְּשָׁמְעֲכֶם אֶת־הַקול מִתּוֹךְ הַחֹשֶׁךְ וְהָהָר בּעֶר בָּאֵשׁ וַתִּקְרְבוּן אֵלַי כָּל־רָאשֵׁי שִׁבְטֵיכֶם וְזִקְנֵיכֶם: 24 וַתְּאמְרוּ
24 וַתּאמְרוּ הֵן הֶרְאָנוּ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֶת־בְּכֹרוֹ וְאֶת־גָּדְלוֹ וְאֶת־קלו שָׁמַעְנוּ מִתּוֹךְ הָאֵשׁ הַיוֹם הַזֶּה רָאִינוּ כִּי־יְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם וָחָי: 25 וְעַתָּה לָמָּה נָמוּת כִּי תּאכְלֵנוּ הָאֵשׁ הַגְדֹלָה הַזְאת אִם־יִסְפִים אֲנַחְנוּ לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶת־קול יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ עוֹד וָמָתְנוּ: 26 כִּי מִי כָל־בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר שָׁמַע קול אלהים חַיִּים מְדַבֵּר מִתּוֹךְ הָאֵשׁ כָּמְנוּ וַיְחִי : 27 קְרַב אַתָּה וּשְׁמָע אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר יֹאמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְאַתְּיתְּדַבֵּר אֲלֵינוּ אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֵלֶיךָ וְשָׁמַעְנוּ
וַיִּשְׁמַע יְהוָה אֶת־קוֹל דִּבְרֵיכֶם בְּדַבֶּרְכֶם אלי ויאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי שָׁמַעְתִּי אֶת־־קול דִּבְרֵי הָעָם הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר דִּבְּרוּ אֵלֶיךָ הֵיטִיבוּ כָּל־אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּרוּ: 29 מִי־ יתן וְהָיָה לְבָבָם זֶה לָהֶם לְיִרְאָה אֹתִי וְלִשְׁמֹר אֶת־ כָּל־מִצְוֹתַי כָּל־הַיָּמִים לְמַעַן יִיטַב לָהֶם וְלִבְנֵיהֶם לְעלֶס: 30 לֵךְ אֱמֹר לָהֶם שׁוּבוּ לָכֶם לְאָהְלֵיכֶם: 31 וְאַתָּה פּה עַמְד עמָּדִי אֲדַבְּרָה אֵלֶיךְ אֶת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחִקים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תְּלַמָּדֶם וְעָשׂוּ בָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לָהֶם לְרִשְׁתָּהּ: 32 וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם לַעֲשׂוֹת כַּאֲשֶׁר צִנָּה יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם אֶתְכֶם לֹא חָסְרוּ יָמִין וּשְׂמָאל : 33 בְּכָל־ הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר צִיָּה יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶס אֶתְכֶם תֵּלֵכוּ
לְמַעַן תִּחְיוּן וְטוֹב לָכֶם וְהַארכְתָּם יָמִים בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר ו. תִּירָשׁוּן : וְלֹאת הַמִּצְוָה הַחְקִים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים
אֲשֶׁר צִיָּה יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם לְלַבֵּד אֶתְכֶם לַעֲשׂוֹת בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹבְרִים שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ: 2 לְמַעַן תִּירָא אֶת־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לִשְׁמֹר אֶת־־כָּל־־חקתיו וּמִצְוֹתָיו אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַיִךְ אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ וּבֶן־־בִּנְךָ כּל יְמֵי חַיַּיךְ וּלְמַעַן יַאֲרְכֶן יָמֶיךְ : 3 וְשָׁמַעת יִשְׂרָאֵל וְשָׁמַרְתָּ לַעֲשׂוֹת
the word of the LURD; for ye were maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor afraid by reason of the fire, and thine ass, - nor any of thy cattle, went not up into the mount;) nor thy stranger, that is within saying,
thy gates ; that thy man-servant 6 I am the LORD thy God, and thy maid-servant may rest as which brought thee out of the well as thou. land of Egypt, from the house of 15 And remember that thou bondage.
wast a servant in the land of Egypt, 7 Thou shalt have none other and that the LORD thy God brought gods before me.
thee out thence through a mighty 8 Thou shalt not make thee amy hand, and by a stretched-out arm; graven image, or any likeness of therefore the LORD thy God comany thing that is in heaven above, manded thee to keep the sabbathor that is in the earth beneath, or day. that is in the waters beneath the 16 Honour thy father and thy earth:
mother|l, as the LORD thy God hath 9 Thou shalt not bow down commanded thee; that thy days thyself unto them, nor serve them: may be prolonged, and that it may for I the LORD thy God am a go well with thee, in the land jealous God *, visiting the iniquity which the LORD thy God giveth of the fathers upon the children, thee. unth the third and fourth genera- 17 Thou shalt not kill. tion of them that hate me.
18 Neither shalt thou commit 10 And shewing mercy unto adultery. thousands of them that love me , 19 Neither shalt thou steal. and keep my commandments.
20 Neither shalt thou bear false 11 Thou shalt not take the name witness against thy neighbour, of the LORD thy God in vain; for 21 Neither shalt thou desire thy the LORD will not hold him guilt- neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou less that taketh his name in vain. covet thy neighbour's house, his
12 Keep the sabbath-day to field, or his man-servant, or his sanctify it, as the LORD thy God maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, hath commanded thee.
or any thing that is thy neigh13 Six days thou shalt labour, bour's. and do all thy work:
22 These words the LORD 14 But the seventh day is the spake unto all your assembly in sabbath of the Lord thy God: in the mount out of the midst of the it thou shalt not do any work, fire, of the cloud, and of the thick thou, nor thy son, nor thy daugh- darkness, with a great voice: ter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy
and he added no more. And he
* That is, of his honour, not permitting it to be given to others.
The first degree to keep the commandments is to love God. # Meaning, since God permitteth six days to our labour, that we ought willingly to dedicate the seventh to serve him wholly. | Not for a shew, but with true obedience, and due reverence.
In the Hebrew, nijyn 85, “ Thou shalt not unswer, &c.” This, together with the three preceding precepts of the Decalogue, complete one part of the scheme of moral duty. And as the four grand branches of human property are therein most plainly and distinctly comnrehended, so are they placed in as exact order as can well be devised.