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The Fifth Book of Moses

also called Deuteronomy
(after the Latin)

(Part Two)


The 5th Chapter
     And Moses called unto all Israel and said unto them: Hear Israel the ordinances and laws which I speak in your ears this day, and learn them and take heed that you do them. The Lord our God made an appointment with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this bond with our fathers, but with us: we are they, which are all here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the fire. And I stood between the Lord and you the same time, to show you the saying of the Lord. For you were afraid of the fire and therefore went not up into the mount and he said. I am the Lord your God which brought you out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage.
     You shall have therefore none other gods in my presence.
     You shall make you no graven Image of any manner likeness that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water beneath the earth. You shall neither bow yourself unto them nor serve them, for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the wickedness of the fathers upon the children, even in the third and the fourth generation, among them that hate me: and show mercy upon thousands among them that love me and keep my commandments.
     You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that takes his name in vain.
     Keep the Sabbath day that you sanctify it, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all that you have to do, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God: you shall do no manner work, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servant nor your maid nor your ox nor your ass nor any of your cattle, nor the stranger that is within your city, that your servant and your maid may rest as well as you. And remember that you was a servant in the land of Egypt and how that the Lord God, brought you out from that place with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm. For which cause the Lord your God commands you to keep the Sabbath day.
     Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you: that you may prolong your days, and that it may go well with you on the land, which the Lord your God gives you.
     You shall not slay.
     You shall not break wedlock.
     You shall not steal.
     You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
     You shall not lust after your neighbors wife: you shall not covet your neighbors house, field, servant, maid, ox, ass nor anything that is your neighbors.
     These words the Lord spoke unto all your multitude in the mount out of the fire, cloud and darkness, with a loud voice, and added no more thereto, and wrote them in two tables of stone and delivered them unto me.
     But as soon as you heard the voice out of the darkness and saw the hill burn with fire, you came unto me all the heads of your tribes and your elders: and you said: behold, the Lord our God has showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the fire, and we have seen this day that God may talk with a man and he yet live. And now wherefore should we die that this great fire should consume us: If we should hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, we should die. For what is any flesh that he should hear the voice of the living God speaking out of the fire as we have done and should yet live: Go you and hear all that the Lord our God says, and tell you unto us all that the Lord our God says unto you, and we will hear it and do it.
     And the Lord heard the voice of your words when you spoke unto me, and he said unto me: I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken unto you, they have well said all that they have said. Oh that they had such an heart with them to fear me and keep all my commandments always, that it might go well with them and with their children for ever. Go and say unto them: get you into your tents again, but stand you here before me and I will tell you all the commandments, ordinances and laws which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess.
     Take heed therefore that you do as the Lord your God has commanded you, and turn not aside: either to the right hand or to the left: but walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may go well with you and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

The 6th Chapter
     These are the commandments, ordinances and laws which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land *whither you go to possess it: that you might fear the Lord your God, to keep all his ordinances and his commandments which I command you, both you and your son and your sons son all days of your life, that your days may be prolonged. Hear therefore Israel and take heed that you do thereafter, that it may go well with you and that you may increase mightily: even as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you, a land that flows with milk and honey. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     Hear Israel, the Lord your God is Lord only and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day, shall be in your heart and you shall *whet them on your children, and shall talk of them when you are at home in your house and as you walk by the way, and when you lay down and when you rise up: and you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand. And they shall be papers of remembrance between your eyes, and shall write them upon the posts of your house and upon your gates. *whet this is to sharpen them with these words.
     And when the Lord your God has brought you into the land which he swore unto your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you with great and goodly cities which you builded not, and houses full of all manner goods which you filled not, and wells digged which you dug not, and vines and olive trees which you planted not, and when you have eaten, and are full: Then beware least you forget the Lord which brought you out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage. But fear the Lord your God and serve him, and swear by his name, and see that you walk not after strange gods of the Gods of the nations which are about you. For the Lord your God is a jealous God among you, least the wrath of the Lord your God wax hot upon you and destroy you from the earth.
     You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you did at Masa. But see that you keep the commandments of the Lord your God, his witnesses and his ordinances which he has commanded you, and see you do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that you may prosper and that you may go and conquer that good land which the Lord swore unto your fathers, and that the Lord may cast out all your enemies before you as he has said.
     When your son asks you in time to come saying: What means the witnesses, ordinances and laws which the Lord our God has commanded you? Then you shall say unto your son: We were bondmen unto Pharao in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And the Lord showed signs and wonders both great and evil upon Egypt, Pharao and upon all his household, before our eyes, and brought us from that place: to bring us in and to give us the land which he swore unto our fathers. And therefore commanded us to do all these ordinances and for to fear the Lord our God, for our wealth always and that he might save us, as it is come to pass this day. Moreover it shall be righteousness unto us before the Lord our God, if we take heed to keep all these commandments as he has commanded us.

The 7th Chapter
     When the Lord your God has brought you into the land *whither you go to possess it, and has cast out many nations before you: the Hethites, the Girgosites, the Amorites, the Cananites, the Pheresites, the Hevites and the Jebusites. Seven nations more in number and mightier than you: and when the Lord your God has set them before you that you should smite them, see that you utterly destroy them and make no covenant with them nor have compassion on them. Also you shall make no marriages with them, neither give your daughter unto his son nor take his daughter unto your son. For they will make your sons depart from me and serve strange Gods, and then will the wrath of the Lord wax hot upon you and destroy you shortly. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
     But thus you shall deal with them: overthrow their altars, break down their pillars, cut down their groves and burn their images with fire. For you are an holy nation unto the Lord your God: the Lord your God has chosen you to be a several people unto himself of all nations that are upon the earth. It was not because of the multitude of you above all nations, that the Lord had lust unto you and chose you. For you were fewest of all nations: But because the Lord loved you and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, therefore he brought you out of Egypt with a mighty hand and delivered you out of the house of bondage: even from the hand of Pharao king of Egypt.
     Understand therefore, that the Lord your God he is God and that a true God, which keeps appointment and mercy unto them that love him and keep his commandments, even throughout a thousand generations and rewards them that hate him before his face so that he brings them to nought, and will not defer the time unto him that hates him but will reward him before his face. Keep therefore the commandments, ordinances and laws which I command you this day, that you do them.
     If you shall hearken unto these laws and shall observe and do them, then shall the Lord your God keep appointment with you and the mercy which he swore unto your fathers and will love you, bless you and multiply you: he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your field, your corn, your wine and your oil, the fruit of your oxen and the flocks of your sheep in the land which he swore unto your fathers to give you. You shall be blessed above all nations, there shall be neither man nor woman unfruitful among you, nor anything unfruitful among your cattle. Moreover the Lord will turn from you all manner infirmities, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt (which you know) upon you, but will send them upon them that hate you. You shall bring to nought all nations which the Lord your God delivers you, your eye shall have no pity upon them neither shall you serve their Gods, for that shall be your decay. If you shall say in your heart: these nations are more than I, how can I cast them out? Fear them not, but remember what the Lord your God did unto Pharao and unto all Egypt, and the great temptations which your eyes saw, and the signs and wonders and mighty hand and stretched out arm wherewith the Lord your God brought you out: even so shall the Lord your God do unto all the nations of which you are afraid.
     Thereto, the Lord your God will send hornets among them until they that are left, and hide themselves from you, be destroyed. See you fear them not for the Lord your God is among you a mighty God and a terrible. The Lord your God will put out these nations before you a little and a little: you may not consume them at once least the beasts of the field increase upon you. And the Lord your God shall deliver them unto you and stir up a mighty tempest among them, until they be brought to nought. And he shall deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall destroy their names from under heaven. There shall no man stand before you, until you have destroyed them. The images of their gods you shall burn with fire, and see that you covet not the silver or gold that is on them nor take it unto you, least you be snared therewith. For it is an abomination unto the Lord your God. Bring not therefore the Abomination to your house, least you be a damned thing as it is: but utterly defy it and abhor it, for it is a thing that must be destroyed.

The 8th Chapter
     All the commandments which I command you this day you shall keep for to do them, that you may live and multiply and go and possess the land which the Lord swore unto your fathers. And think on all the way which the Lord your God led you this forty years in the wilderness, for to humble you and to prove you, to *wete what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or no. He humbled you and made you hunger and fed you with manna which neither you nor your father knew of, to make you know that a man must not live by bread only: but by all that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord must a man live. your raiment waxed not old upon you, neither did your feet swell this forty years. *wete: to know, to sharpen.
     Understand therefore in your heart, that as a man nurtures his son, even so the Lord your God nurtures you. Keep therefore the commandments of the Lord your God that you walk in his ways and that you fear him. For the Lord your God brings you into a good land, a land of rivers of water, of fountains and of springs that spring out both in valleys and hills: a land of wheat and of barley, of vines, fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees with oil and of honey: a land wherein you shall not eat bread in scarceness, and where you shall lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you shall dig brass. When you have eaten therefore and filled yourself, then bless the Lord for the good land which he has given you.
     But beware that you forget not the Lord your God, that you would not keep his commandments, laws and ordinances which I command you this day: yea and when you have eaten and filled yourself and have built goodly houses and dwelt therein, and when your beasts and your sheep are waxed many and your silver and your gold is multiplied and all that you have increased, then beware least your heart rise and you forget the Lord your God which brought you out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage, and which led you in the wilderness both great and terrible with fiery serpents and scorpions and drought where was no water, which brought the water out of the rock of flint: which fed you in the wilderness with *Man whereof your fathers knew not, for to humble you and to prove you, that he might do you good at your latter end. *Man this is exactly as it appears in the text.
     And beware that you say not in your heart, my power and the might of mine own hand has done me all these acts: But remember the Lord your God, how that it is he which gave you power to do manfully, for to make good the promise which he swore unto your fathers, as it is come to pass this day.
     For if you shall forget the Lord your God and shall walk after strange gods and serve them and worship them, I testify unto you this day, that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, even so you shall perish, because you would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God.

The 9th Chapter
     Hear Israel, you go over Jordan this day, to go and conquer nations greater and mightier than yourself and cities great and walled up to heaven, and people great and tall, even the children of the Enakims, which you know and of whom you have heard say who is able to stand before the children of Enack? But understand this day that the Lord your God which goes over before you a consuming fire, he shall destroy them and he shall subdue them before you. And you shall cast them out, and bring them to nought quickly as the Lord has said unto you.
     Speak not in your heart, after that the Lord your God has cast them out before you saying: for my righteousness the Lord has brought me into possess this land. No, but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord does cast them out before you. It is not for your righteousness sake and right heart that you go to possess their land: But partly for the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God does cast them out before you, and partly to perform that which the Lord your God swore unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
     Understand therefore that it is not for your righteousness sake, that the Lord your God does give you this good land to possess it, for you are a stiffnecked people. Remember and forget not how you provoked the Lord your God in the wilderness: for since the day that you came out of the land of Egypt until you came unto this place, you have rebelled against the Lord. Also in Horeb you angered the Lord so that the Lord was wroth with you, even to have destroyed you, after that I was gone up into the mount, to fetch the tables of stone, the tables of appointment which the Lord made with you. And I abode in the hill forty days and forty nights and neither ate bread nor drank water. And the Lord delivered me two tables of stone written with the finger of God, and in them was according to all the words which the Lord said unto you in the mount out of the fire in the day when the people were gathered together.
     And when the forty days and forty nights were ended, the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, the tables of the testament, and said unto me: Up, and get you down quickly from here, for your people which you have brought out of Egypt, have marred themselves. They are turned at once out of the way, which I commanded them, and have made them a God of metal. Furthermore the Lord spoke unto me saying: I see this people how that it is a stiffnecked people, let me alone that I may destroy them and put out the name of them from under heaven, and I will make of you a nation both greater and more than they.
     And I turned away and came down from the hill (and the hill burnt with fire) and had the two tables of the appointment in my hands. And when I looked and saw that you had sinned against the Lord your God and had made you a calf of metal and had turned at once out of the way which the Lord had commanded you. Then I took the two tables and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes. And I fell before the Lord: even as at the first time forty days and nights, and neither ate bread nor drank water, over all your sins which you had sinned in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord and in provoking him. For I was afraid of the wrath and fierceness wherewith the Lord was angry with you, even for to have destroyed you. But the Lord heard my petition at that time also.
     The Lord was very angry with Aaron also, even for to have destroyed him: But I made intercession for Aaron also the same time. And I took your sin, the calf which you had made and burnt him with fire and stamped him and ground him a good, even unto small dust. And I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount. Also at Thabeera and at Masa and at the sepulchers of lust you angered the Lord, yea and when the Lord sent you from Cades Barna saying: go up and conquer the land which I have given you, you disobeyed the mouth of the Lord your God, and neither believed him nor hearkened unto his voice. Thus you have been disobedient unto the Lord, since the day that I knew you.
     And I fell before the Lord forty days and forty nights which I lay there, for the Lord was minded to have destroyed you. But I made intercession unto the Lord and said: O' Lord God, destroy not your people and your inheritance which you have delivered through your greatness and which you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and look not unto the stubbornness of this people nor unto their wickedness and sin: least the land from where you brought them say: Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them and because he hated them, therefore he carried them out to destroy them in the wilderness. Moreover they are your people and your inheritance, which you brought out with your mighty power and with your stretched out arm.

The 10th Chapter
     In the same season the Lord said unto me: hew you two tables of stone like unto the first and come up unto me into the mount and make you an Ark of wood, and I will write in the tables, the words that were in the first tables which you broke, and you shall put them in the ark. And I made an ark of sethim wood and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mountain and the two tables in mine hand.
     And he wrote in the tables, according to the first writing (the ten verses which the Lord spoke unto you in the mount out of the fire in the day when the people were gathered together) and gave them unto me. And I departed and came down from the hill and put the tables in the ark which I had made: and there they remained, as the Lord commanded me.
     And the children of Israel took their journey from Beroth of the children of Jakan to Mosera, where Aaron died and where he was buried, and Eleazer his son became priest in his stead. And from that place they departed unto Galaad: and from Galaad to Jathbath, a land of rivers of water. And the same season the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the appointment of the Lord and to stand before the Lord, and to minister unto him and to bless in his name unto this day. Wherefore the Levites have no part nor inheritance with their brethren. The Lord he is their inheritance, as the Lord your God has promised them.
     And I tarried in the mount, even as at the first time forty days and forty nights, and the Lord hearkened unto me at that time also, so that the Lord would not destroy you. And the Lord said unto me: up and go forth in the journey before the people and let them go in and conquer the land which I swore unto their fathers to give unto them.
     And now Israel what is it that the Lord your God requires of you, but to fear the Lord your God and to walk in all his ways and to love him and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you keep the commandments of the Lord and his ordinances which I command you this day, for your wealth. Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lords your God, and the earth with all that therein is: only the Lord had a lust unto your fathers to love them, and therefore chose you their seed after them of all nations, as it is come to pass this day.
     Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your hearts, and be no longer stiffnecked. For the Lord your God, he is God of gods and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty and a terrible which regards no mans person nor takes gifts: but does right unto the fatherless and widow and loves the stranger, to give him food and raiment. Love therefore the stranger, for you were strangers yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God and serve him and cleave unto him and swear by his name, for he is your praise and he is your God that has done these great and terrible things for you, which your eyes have seen. your fathers went down into Egypt with seventy souls, and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of heaven in multitude.

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