This Noah did; he carried out all the commands
that God gave him. [GEN 6:22]
When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham
circumcised him, as God had commanded. [GEN 21:4]
"I will bless you abundantly and make your
descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of
the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates
of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the
earth shall find blessing - all this because you obeyed my
command." [GEN 22:17-18]
Then Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as
the LORD had commanded. Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh
and his servants, and it was changed into a snake. [EX 7:10]
"If you really listen to the voice of the
LORD, your God," he told them, "and do what is right in
his eyes: if you heed his commandments and keep all his precepts,
I will not afflict you with any of the diseases with which I
afflicted the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer."
"Now, this is what the LORD has commanded.
So gather it that everyone has enough to eat, ...as many of you as there are, each man providing for those
of his own tent." [Taken from EX 16:16]
Then the LORD said to Moses, "How long will
you refuse to keep my commandments and laws?" [EX 16:28]
So Aaron placed it in front of the commandments
for safekeeping, as the LORD had commanded Moses. [EX 16:34]
Then God delivered all these commandments:
"I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of
Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods
besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape
of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the
waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or
worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God,
inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickedness on the
children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth
generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation,
on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
For the LORD will not leave unpunished him who takes his name in
vain. Remember to keep holy the sabbath day. Six days you
may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath
of the LORD, your God. No work may be done... In six days the LORD
made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them;
but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD has blessed
the sabbath day and made it holy. Honor your father and your
mother, that you may have a long life in the land which the LORD,
your God, is giving you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit
adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false
witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your
neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife...nor
anything else that belongs to him." [Taken from EX 20:1-17]
The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on
the mountain and, while you are there, I will give you the stone
tablets on which I have written the commandments intended for
their instruction." [EX 24:12]
This propitiatory you shall then place on top of the ark. In the ark itself you are to put the commandments which I will give you. There I will meet you and there, from above the propitiatory, between the two cherubim on the ark of the commandments, I will tell you all the commands that I wish you to give the Israelites.
Hang the veil from clasps. The ark of the
commandments you shall bring inside, behind this veil which
divides the holy place from the holy of holies. Set the propitiatory on the ark of the
commandments in the holy of holies. [EX 26:33-34]
From evening to morning Aaron and his sons shall
maintain them before the LORD in the meeting tent, outside the
veil which hangs in front of the commandments. This shall be a
perpetual ordinance for the Israelites throughout their
generations. [EX 27:21]
With this sacred anointing oil you shall anoint
the meeting tent and the ark of the commandments... [Taken from EX 30:26]
Grind some of it into fine dust and put this
before the commandments in the meeting tent where I will meet you.
This incense shall be treated as most sacred by you. [EX 30:36]
When the LORD had finished speaking to Moses on
Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the commandments, the
stone tablets inscribed by God's own finger. [EX 31:18]
Moses then turned and came down the mountain
with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, tablets
that were written on both sides, front and back; tablets that were made by God, having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.
The LORD said to Moses, "Cut two stone
tablets like the former, that I may write on them the commandments
which were on the former tablets that you broke." [EX 34:1]
So Moses stayed there with the LORD for forty
days and forty nights, without eating any food or drinking any
water, and he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the
ten commandments. As Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two
tablets of the commandments in his hands, he did not know that the
skin of his face had become radiant while he conversed with the
LORD. [EX 34:28-29]
Whenever Moses entered the presence of the LORD
to converse with him, he removed the veil until he came out again.
On coming out, he would tell the Israelites all that had been
commanded. [EX 34:34]
Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
The LORD has commanded that what has been done
today be done to make atonement for you. [LEV 8:34]
"Be careful to observe the commandments
which I, the LORD, give you, and do not profane my holy name; in the midst of the Israelites I, the LORD, must be held as sacred. It is I who made you sacred and led you out of the land of Egypt, that I, the LORD, might be your God." [LEV
"If you live in accordance with my precepts
and are careful to observe my commandments, I will give you rain in due season, so that the land will bear its crops, and the trees their fruit;
your threshing will last till vintage time, and your vintage till the time for sowing, and you will have food to eat in abundance, so that you may dwell securely in your land. I will establish peace in the land, that you may lie down to rest without anxiety. I will rid the country of ravenous beasts, and keep the sword of war from sweeping across your land. I will look with favor upon you, and make you fruitful and numerous, as I carry out my covenant with you. So much of the old crops will you have stored up for food that you will have to discard them to make room for the new. I will set my Dwelling among you, and will not disdain you. Ever present in your midst, I will be your God, and you will be my people;
for it is I, the LORD, your God, who brought you out of the land of the Egyptians and freed you from their slavery, breaking the yoke they had laid upon you and letting you walk erect." [LEV
"But if you do not heed me and do not keep
all these commandments, if you reject my precepts and spurn my
decrees, refusing to obey all my commandments and breaking my
covenant, then I, in turn, will give you your deserts. I will
punish you with terrible woes - with wasting and fever to dim the
eyes and sap the life. You will sow your seed in vain, for your
enemies will consume the crop. I will turn against you, till you
are beaten down before your enemies and lorded over by your foes.
You will take to flight though no one pursues you. If even
after this you do not obey me, I will increase the chastisement
for your sins sevenfold, to break your haughty confidence. I will
make the sky above you as hard as iron, and your soil as hard as
bronze, so that your strength will be spent in vain; your land
will bear no crops, and its trees no fruit. If then you
become defiant in your unwillingness to obey me, I will multiply
my blows another sevenfold, as your sins deserve. So devastated
will I leave the land that your very enemies who come to live
there will stand aghast at the sight of it. You yourselves I will
scatter among the nations at the point of my drawn sword, leaving
your countryside desolate and your cities deserted. I will
remember my covenant with Jacob, my covenant with Isaac, and my
covenant with Abraham; and of the land, too, I will be mindful.
But the land must first be rid of them, that in its desolation it
may make up its lost sabbaths, and that they, too, may make good
the debt of their guilt for having spurned my precepts and
abhorred my statutes. Yet even so, even while they are in their
enemies' land, I will not reject or spurn them, lest, by wiping
them out, I make void my covenant with them; for I, the LORD, am
their God. I will remember them because of the covenant I made
with their forefathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt
under the very eyes of the Gentiles, that I, the LORD, might be
their God." [LEV 26:14-21,32-33,42-45]
Moses answered them, "Wait until I learn
what the LORD will command in your regard." [NUM 9:8]
"Since he has despised the word of the LORD and
has broken his commandment, he must be cut off. He has only
himself to blame." [NUM 15:31]
When you use these tassels,
let the sight of them remind you to keep all the commandments of
the LORD, without going wantonly astray after the desires of your
hearts and eyes. Thus you will remember to keep all my
commandments and be holy to your God. [NUM 15:40]
"Then lay them down in the meeting tent, in front
of the commandments, where I meet you. There the staff of the man of my choice shall sprout. Thus will I suppress from my presence the Israelites' grumbling against you."
Then Moses laid the staffs down before the LORD
in the tent of the commandments. The next day, when Moses entered the tent, Aaron's staff, representing the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth not only shoots, but blossoms as well, and even bore ripe
almonds! [NUM 17:19-20,22-23]
But Balaam replied to Balak's officials,
"Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I
could not do anything, small or great, contrary to the command of
the LORD, my God." [NUM 22:18]
In rendering judgment, do not consider who a person is; give ear to the lowly and to the great alike, fearing no man, for judgment is God's. Refer to me any case that is too hard for you and I will hear it.'
Thereupon I gave you all the commands you were to fulfill. [DEUT
The LORD, your God, has given this land over to
you. Go up and occupy it, as the LORD, the God of your fathers,
commands you. Do not fear or lose heart. [DEUT 1:21]
"But you refused to go up, and after
defying the command of the LORD, your God, you set to murmuring in your tents, 'Out of hatred for us the LORD has brought us up out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites and destroy
us'." But I said to you, 'Have no dread or fear of them. The LORD, your God, who goes before you, will himself fight for you, just as he took your part before your very eyes in Egypt,
as well as in the desert, where you saw how the LORD, your God, carried you, as a man carries his child, all along your journey until you arrived at this place.' Despite this, you would not trust the LORD, your God, who journeys before you to find you a resting
place - by day in the cloud, and by night in the fire, to show the way you must go. When the LORD heard your words, he was angry;
and he swore, 'Not one man of this evil generation shall look upon the good land I swore to give to your fathers, except Caleb, son of
Jephunneh; he shall see it. For to him and to his sons I will give the land he trod upon, because he has followed the LORD unreservedly.'
In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it.
You have seen with your own eyes what the LORD did at Baal-peor: the LORD, your God, destroyed from your midst everyone that followed the Baal of
Peor; but you, who clung to the LORD, your God, are all alive today. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the LORD, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.
Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, 'This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.' For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?
However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children's children.
There was the day on which you stood before the LORD, your God, at Horeb, and he said to me,
'Assemble the people for me; I will have them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me as long as they live in the land and may so teach their children.' You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, which blazed to the very sky with fire and was enveloped in a dense black cloud.
Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.
He proclaimed to you his covenant, which he commanded you to keep: the ten commandments, which he wrote on two tablets of stone.
The LORD charged me at that time to teach you the statutes and decrees which you are to observe over in the land you will occupy.
[Taken from DEUT 4:2-14]
"You must keep his statutes and commandments
which I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you
may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the
LORD, your God, is giving you forever." [DEUT 4:40]
"The LORD heard your words as you were speaking to me and said to me, 'I have heard the words these people have spoken to you, which are all well said.
Would that they might always be of such a mind,
to fear me and to keep all my commandments! Then they and their
descendants would prosper forever'." [DEUT 5:28-29]
'Then you wait here near me and I will give you
all the commandments, the statutes and decrees you must teach
them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving
them to possess.' [DEUT 5:31]
"These then are the commandments, the
statutes and decrees which the LORD, your God, has ordered that
you be taught to observe in the land into which you are crossing
for conquest, so that you and your son and your grandson may
fear the LORD, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your
lives, all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you,
and thus have long life." [DEUT 6:1-2]
But keep the commandments of the LORD, your God,
and the ordinances and statutes he has enjoined on you. Do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that you may, according to his word, prosper, and may enter in and possess the good land which the LORD promised on oath to your fathers,
thrusting all your enemies out of your way. [DEUT 6:17-19]
Therefore, the LORD commanded us to observe all
these statutes in fear of the LORD, our God, that we may always
have as prosperous and happy a life as we have today; and our justice before the LORD, our God, is to
consist in carefully observing all these commandments he has
enjoined on us. [DEUT 6:24-25]
Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is
God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down
to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep
his commandments, but who repays with destruction the person who hates him; he does not dally with such a one, but makes him personally pay for it.
You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments, the statutes and the decrees which I enjoin on you today.
"Be careful to observe all the commandments
I enjoin on you today, that you may live and increase, and may
enter in and possess the land which the LORD promised on oath to
your fathers." [DEUT 8:1]
Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your
God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test
you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your
intention to keep his commandments. [DEUT 8:2]
"Therefore, keep the commandments of the
LORD, your God, by walking in his ways and fearing him." [DEUT 8:6]
Be careful not to forget the LORD, your God, by
neglecting his commandments and decrees and statutes which I
enjoin on you today: lest, when you have eaten your fill, and have built fine houses and lived in them,
and have increased your herds and flocks, your silver and gold, and all your property,
you then become haughty of heart and unmindful of the LORD, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna, a food unknown to your fathers, that he might afflict you and test you, but also make you prosperous in the end.
Otherwise, you might say to yourselves, 'It is my own power and the strength of my own hand that has obtained for me this wealth.'
Remember then, it is the LORD, your God, who gives you the power to acquire wealth, by fulfilling, as he has now done, the covenant which he swore to your fathers.
But if you forget the LORD, your God, and follow other gods, serving and worshiping them, I forewarn you this day that you will perish utterly.
Like the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so shall you too perish for not heeding the voice of the LORD, your God.
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul,
to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD which I enjoin on you today for your own good?
Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it.
Yet in his love for your fathers the LORD was so attached to them as to choose you, their descendants, in preference to all other peoples, as indeed he has now done.
Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and be no longer stiff-necked. For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes;
who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.
So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
The LORD, your God, shall you fear, and him shall you serve; hold fast to him and swear by his name.
He is your glory, he, your God, who has done for you those great and terrible things which your own eyes have seen.
Your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy strong, and now the LORD, your God, has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky."
"Love the LORD, your God, therefore, and
always heed his charge: his statutes, decrees and commandments."
If, then, you truly heed my commandments which I
enjoin on you today, loving and serving the LORD, your God, with
all your heart and all your soul, I will give the seasonal rain to your land, the early rain and the late rain, that you may have your grain, wine and oil to gather in;
and I will bring forth grass in your fields for your animals. Thus you may eat your fill.
But be careful lest your heart be so lured away that you serve other gods and worship them. For then the wrath of the LORD will flare up against you and he will close up the heavens, so that no rain will fall, and the soil will not yield its crops, and you will soon perish from the good land he is giving you.
"I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse:
a blessing for obeying the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today;
a curse if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, but turn aside from the way I ordain for you today, to follow other gods, whom you have not known."
Be careful to heed all these commandments I
enjoin on you, that you and your descendants may always prosper
for doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD, your
God. [DEUT 12:28]
"Every command that I enjoin on you, you
shall be careful to observe, neither adding to it nor subtracting
from it." [DEUT 13:1]
The LORD, your God, shall you follow, and him
shall you fear; his commandment shall you observe, and his voice
shall you heed, serving him and holding fast to him alone. [DEUT
If you but heed the voice of the LORD, your God,
and carefully observe all these commandments which I enjoin on you
today, you will lend to many nations, and borrow from none; you will rule over many nations, and none will rule over you, since the LORD, your God, will bless you as he promised.
The needy will never be lacking in the land;
that is why I command you to open your hand to your poor and needy
kinsman in your country. [DEUT 15:11]
Let him not become estranged from his countrymen
through pride, nor turn aside to the right or to the left from
these commandments. Then he and his descendants will enjoy a long
reign in Israel. [DEUT 17:20]
"I will raise up for them a prophet like you from
among their kinsmen, and will put my words into his mouth; he
shall tell them all that I command him. If any man will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it.
But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall
die." If you say to yourselves, 'How can we recognize an oracle which the LORD has spoken?',
know that, even though a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if his oracle is not fulfilled or verified, it is an oracle which the LORD did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously, and you shall have no fear of him.
"This day the LORD, your God, commands you to observe these statutes and decrees. Be
careful, then, to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
Today you are making this agreement with the LORD: he is to be your God and you are to walk in his ways and observe his statutes, commandments and decrees, and to hearken to his voice.
And today the LORD is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you; and provided you keep all his commandments,
he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory above all other nations he has made, and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God, as he promised."
Then Moses, with the elders of Israel, gave the
people this order: "Keep all these commandments which I
enjoin on you today." [DEUT 27:1]
"Thus, then, shall it be: if you continue
to heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and are careful to
observe all his commandments which I enjoin on you today, the
LORD, your God, will raise you high above all the nations of the
earth." [DEUT 28:1]
Provided that you keep the commandments of the
LORD, your God, and walk in his ways, he will establish you as a
people sacred to himself, as he swore to you; so that, when all the nations of the earth see you bearing the name of the LORD, they will stand in awe of you.
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail,
and you will always mount higher and not decline, as long as you
obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I order you
today to observe carefully; not turning aside to the right or to the left from any of the commandments which I now give you, in order to follow other gods and serve them.
"But if you do not hearken to the voice of the LORD, your God, and are not careful to observe all his commandments which I enjoin on you today, all these curses shall come upon you and overwhelm you:
May you be cursed in the city, and cursed in the country!" [DEUT
You, however, must again heed the LORD'S voice and carry out all his commandments which I now enjoin on you. Then the LORD, your God, will increase in more than goodly measure the returns from all your
labors...for the LORD, your God, will again take delight in your prosperity, even as he took delight in your fathers', if only you heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.
"For this command which I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky, that you should say, 'Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, 'Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?' No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.
Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,
by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
But be very careful to observe the precept and
law which Moses, the servant of the LORD, enjoined upon you: love
the LORD, your God; follow him faithfully; keep his commandments;
remain loyal to him; and serve him with your whole heart and soul.
If you fear the LORD and worship him, if you are
obedient to him and do not rebel against the LORD'S command, if
both you and the king who rules you follow the LORD your God -
and good. But if you do not obey the LORD and if you rebel
against his command, the LORD will deal severely with you and your
king, and destroy you. [1SAM 12:14-15]
Samuel's response was: "You have been
foolish! Had you kept the command the LORD your God gave you, the
LORD would now establish your kingship in Israel as lasting; but as things are, your kingdom shall not
endure. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and has
appointed him commander of his people, because you broke the
LORD'S command." [1SAM 13:13-14]
"For a sin like divination is rebellion, and presumption is the crime of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he, too, has rejected you as ruler."
Saul replied to Samuel: "I have sinned, for I have disobeyed the command of the LORD and your instructions. In my fear of the people, I did what they said.
Now forgive my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD." But Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, because you rejected the command of the LORD and the LORD rejects you as king of Israel."
Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God,
following his ways and observing his statutes, commands,
ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses,
that you may succeed in whatever you do, wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfill the promise he made on my behalf when he said, 'If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.'
The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him: "Because you have asked for this - not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is
right - I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you.
In addition, I give you what you have not asked for, such riches and glory that among kings there is not your like.
And if you follow me by keeping my statutes and commandments, as your father David did, I will give you a long life."
"As to this temple you are building - if you
observe my statutes, carry out my ordinances, keep and obey all my
commands, I will fulfill toward you the promise I made to your
father David." [1KGS 6:12]
May he draw our hearts to himself, that we may
follow him in everything and keep the commands, statutes, and
ordinances which he enjoined on our fathers. [1KGS 8:58]
"You must be wholly devoted to the LORD, our God,
observing his statutes and keeping his commandments, as on this
day." [1KGS 8:61]
The LORD said to him: "I have heard the prayer of petition which you offered in my presence. I have consecrated this temple which you have built; I confer my name upon it forever, and my eyes and my heart shall be there always.
As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, sincerely and uprightly, doing just as I have commanded you, keeping my statutes and decrees, I will establish your throne of sovereignty over Israel forever, as I promised your father David when I said, 'You shall always have someone from your line on the throne of Israel.'
But if you and your descendants ever withdraw from me, fail to keep the commandments and statutes which I set before you, and proceed to venerate and worship strange gods,
I will cut off Israel from the land I gave them and repudiate the temple I have consecrated to my honor. Israel shall become a proverb and a byword among all nations,
and this temple shall become a heap of ruins. Every passerby shall catch his breath in amazement, and ask, 'Why has the LORD done this to the land and to this temple?'
Men will answer: 'They forsook the LORD, their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt; they adopted strange gods which they worshiped and served. That is why the LORD has brought down upon them all this evil.'"
If, then, you heed all that I command you,
follow my ways, and please me by keeping my statutes and my
commandments like my servant David, I will be with you. I will
establish for you, as I did for David, a lasting dynasty; I will
give Israel to you. [1KGS 11:38]
And though the LORD warned Israel and Judah by
every prophet and seer, "Give up your evil ways and keep my
commandments and statutes, in accordance with the entire law which
I enjoined on your fathers and which I sent you by my servants the
prophets" [Taken from 2KGS 17:13]
This command displeased God, who began to punish
Israel. [1CHRON 21:7]
For he said to me: 'It is your son Solomon who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him for my son, and I will be a father to him.
I will establish his kingdom forever, if he perseveres in keeping my commandments and decrees as he keeps them now.'
Therefore, in the presence of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, I exhort you to keep and to carry out all the commandments of the LORD, your God, that you may continue to possess this good land and afterward leave it as an inheritance to your children forever.
Rather, he sought the God of his father and
observed his commands, and not the practices of Israel. As a result, the LORD made his kingdom secure, and all Judah gave Jehoshaphat gifts, so that he enjoyed great wealth and glory.
He gave them this command: "You shall act
faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD." [2CHRON
Then the spirit of God possessed Zechariah, son
of Jehoiada the priest. He took his stand above the people and
said to them: "God says, 'Why are you transgressing the
LORD'S commands, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have
abandoned the LORD, he has abandoned you.'" [2CHRON 24:20]
But now, O our God, what can we say after all
this? For we have abandoned your commandments [Taken from EZRA 9:10]
I prayed: "O LORD, God of heaven, great and
awesome God, you who preserve your covenant of mercy toward those
who love you and keep your commandments, may your ear be attentive, and your eyes open, to heed the prayer which I, your servant, now offer in your presence day and night for your servants the Israelites, confessing the sins which we of Israel have committed against you, I and my father's house included.
Grievously have we offended you, not keeping the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances which you committed to your servant Moses.
But remember, I pray, the promise which you gave through Moses, your servant, when you said: 'Should you prove faithless, I will scatter you among the nations;
but should you return to me and carefully keep my commandments, even though your outcasts have been driven to the farthest corner of the world, I will gather them from there, and bring them back to the place which I have chosen as the dwelling place for my name.'
They are your servants, your people, whom you freed by your great might and your strong hand.
O Lord, may your ear be attentive to my prayer and that of all your willing servants who revere your name. Grant success to your servant this day, and let him find favor with this
man" - for I was cupbearer to the king. [NEH 1:5-11]
On Mount Sinai you came down, you spoke with them from heaven;
You gave them just ordinances, firm laws, good statutes, and commandments; Your holy sabbath you made known to them, commandments, statutes, and law you prescribed for them, by the hand of Moses your servant. Food from heaven you gave them in their hunger, water from a rock you sent them in their thirst.
You bade them enter and occupy the land which you had sworn with upraised hand to give them.
But they, our fathers, proved to be insolent; they held their necks stiff and would not obey your commandments. They refused to obey and no longer remembered the miracles you had worked for them. They stiffened their necks and turned their heads to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of pardons, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy; you did not forsake them.
But they were contemptuous and rebellious: they cast your law behind their backs, they slew your prophets who bore witness against them in order to bring them back to you, and they were guilty of great effronteries.
Therefore you delivered them into the power of their enemies, who oppressed them. But in the time of their oppression they would cry out to you, and you would hear them from heaven, and according to your great mercy give them saviors to deliver them from the power of their enemies.
As soon as they had relief, they would go back to doing evil in your sight. Then again you abandoned them to the power of their enemies, who crushed them. Then they cried out to you, and you heard them from heaven and delivered them according to your mercy, many times over.
You bore witness against them, in order to bring them back to your law. But they were insolent and would not obey your commandments; they sinned against your ordinances, from which men draw life when they practice them. They turned stubborn backs, stiffened their necks, and would not obey.
You were patient with them for many years, bearing witness against them through your spirit, by means of your prophets; still they would not listen. Thus you delivered them over into the power of the peoples of the lands.
Yet in your great mercy you did not completely destroy them and you did not forsake them, for you are a kind and merciful God.
"Yes, your judgments are many and true in
dealing with me as my sins and those of my fathers deserve. For we
have not kept your commandments, nor have we trodden the paths of
truth before you." [TOBIT 3:5]
"Through all your days, my son, keep the
Lord in mind, and suppress every desire to sin or to break his
commandments. Perform good works all the days of your life, and do
not tread the paths of wrongdoing." [TOBIT 4:5]
At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to
make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your
endeavors and plans. For no pagan nation possesses good counsel,
but the Lord himself gives all good things. If the Lord chooses,
he raises a man up; but if he should decide otherwise, he casts
him down to the deepest recesses of the nether world. So now, my
son, keep in mind my commandments, and never let them be erased
from your heart. [TOBIT 4:19]
God forbid that we should forsake the law and
the commandments. [1MACC 2:21]
May he open your heart to his law and his
commandments and grant you peace. [2MACC 1:4]
She had scarcely finished speaking when the
youth said: "What are you waiting for? I will not obey the
king's command. I obey the command of the law given to our
forefathers through Moses. But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews, will not escape the hands of God.
We, indeed, are suffering because of our sins. Though our living Lord treats us harshly for a little while to correct us with chastisements, he will again be reconciled with his servants."
Even that God would decide to crush me, that he would put forth his hand and cut me off!
Then I should still have consolation and could
exult through unremitting pain, because I have not transgressed
the commands of the Holy One. [JOB 6:9-10]
He commands the sun, and it rises not [Taken
from JOB 9:7]
From the commands of his lips I have not
departed; the words of his mouth I have treasured in my heart.
With hail, also, the clouds are laden, as they scatter their flashes of light.
He it is who changes their rounds, according to his plans, in their task upon the surface of the earth, whether for punishment or mercy, as he commands.
Hearken to this, O Job! Stand and consider the wondrous works of God!
Do you know how God lays his commands upon them,
and makes the light shine forth from his clouds? [JOB 37:11-15]
Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the
morning and shown the dawn its place? Does the eagle fly up at your command to build
his nest aloft? [Taken from JOB 38:12,39:27]
Then Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the
Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, went and did as the LORD had
commanded them. And the LORD accepted the intercession of Job.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing
the heart. The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye.
For he spoke, and it came to be, commanded, and
it stood in place. [PS 33:9]
I said, "Here I am; your commands for me
are written in the scroll. To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart!"
[Taken from PS 40:8-9]
But to the wicked God says: "Why do you
recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your lips? You hate discipline; you cast my words behind you!" [PS 50:16-17]
God set up a decree in Jacob, established a law in Israel:
What he commanded our ancestors, they were to teach their children; That the next generation might come to know, children yet to be born.
In turn they were to recite them to their children, that they too might put their trust in God,
And not forget the works of God, keeping his commandments. [PS
For they did not believe in God, did not trust in his saving power. So he commanded the skies above; the doors of heaven he opened.
God rained manna upon them for food; bread from heaven he gave them.
All ate a meal fit for heroes; food he sent in abundance. He stirred up the east wind in the heavens; by his power God brought on the south wind.
"If his descendants forsake my law, do not follow my decrees, If they fail to observe my statutes, do not keep my commandments, I will punish their crime with a rod and their guilt with lashes. But I will not take my love from him, nor will I betray my bond of loyalty. I will not violate my covenant; the promise of my lips I will not alter. By my holiness I swore once for all: I will never be false to David.
His dynasty will continue forever, his throne, like the sun before me.
Like the moon it will stand eternal, forever firm like the sky!" [Taken
from PS 89:31-38]
No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.
Bless the LORD, all you angels, mighty in
strength and attentive, obedient to every command. [PS 103:20]
Hallelujah! Happy are those who fear the LORD,
who greatly delight in God's commands. [PS 112:1]
You have given them the command to keep your
precepts with care. May my ways be firm in the observance of your laws! Then I will not be ashamed to ponder all your commands. I will praise you with sincere heart as I study your just edicts.
I will keep your laws; do not leave me all alone. [PS 119:4-8]
How can the young walk without fault? Only by keeping your words. With all my heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commands. In my heart I treasure your promise, that I may not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your laws. With my lips I recite all the edicts you have spoken. I find joy in the way of your decrees more than in all riches. I will ponder your precepts and consider your paths. In your laws I take delight; I will never forget your word.
Be kind to your servant that I may live, that I may keep your word.
Open my eyes to see clearly the wonders of your teachings. I am a sojourner in the land; do not hide your commands from me. At all times my soul is stirred with longing for your edicts. With a curse you rebuke the proud who stray from your commands. Free me from disgrace and contempt, for I observe your decrees. Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant studies your laws. Your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors.
I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life in accord with your word. I disclosed my ways and you answered me; teach me your laws.
Make me understand the way of your precepts; I will ponder your wondrous deeds.
I weep in bitter pain; in accord with your word to strengthen me. Lead me from the way of deceit; favor me with your teaching. The way of loyalty I have chosen; I have set your edicts before me.
I cling to your decrees, LORD; do not let me come to shame. I will run the way of your commands, for you open my docile heart.
LORD, teach me the way of your laws; I shall observe them with care. Give me insight to observe your teaching, to keep it with all my heart. Lead me in the path of your commands, for that is my delight.
Direct my heart toward your decrees and away from unjust gain. Avert my eyes from what is worthless; by your way give me life. For your servant fulfill your promise made to those who fear you. Turn away from me the taunts I dread, for your edicts bring good. See how I long for your precepts; in your justice give me life.
Do not take the word of truth from my mouth, for in your edicts is my hope. I will keep your teachings always, for all time and forever. I will walk freely in an open space because I cherish your precepts. I will speak openly of your decrees without fear even before kings. I delight in your commands, which I dearly love.
I lift up my hands to your commands; I study your laws, which I love.
Remember your word to your servant by which you
give me hope. This is my comfort in affliction, your promise that
gives me life. Though the arrogant utterly scorn me, I do not turn
from your teaching. When I recite your edicts of old I am
comforted, LORD. Rage seizes me because of the wicked; they
forsake your teaching. Your laws become my songs wherever I make
my home. Even at night I remember your name in observance of your
teaching, LORD. This is my good fortune, for I have observed your
precepts. [PS 119:49-56]
My portion is the LORD; I promise to keep your words. I entreat you with all my heart: have mercy on me in accord with your promise. I have examined my ways and turned my steps to your decrees. I am prompt, I do not hesitate in keeping your commands. Though the snares of the wicked surround me, your teaching I do not forget. At midnight I rise to praise you because your edicts are just. I am the friend of all who fear you, of all who keep your precepts. The earth, LORD, is filled with your love; teach me your laws.
You have treated your servant well, according to your word, O
LORD. Teach me wisdom and knowledge, for in your commands I trust. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I hold to your promise. You are good and do what is good; teach me your laws.
The arrogant smear me with lies, but I observe your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are gross and fat; as for me, your teaching is my delight. It was good for me to be afflicted, in order to learn your laws. Teaching from your lips is more precious to me than heaps of silver and gold.
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