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6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
6:10 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, 6:11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; 6:15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
6:17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
6:18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers.
6:19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
6:20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? 6:21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: 6:22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: 6:23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

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King James Bible:Deuteronomy
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Deuteronomy
Book: Deuteronomy
Chapter: 6

A persuasive to obedience. (1-3) An exhortation to obedience.
(4,5) Obedience taught. (6-16) General precepts, Instructions to
be given to their children. (17-25)

1-3 In this and the like passages, the "Commandments" seem to
denote the moral Law, the "statues" the ceremonial Law, and the
"judgments" the Law By which the Judges decided. Moses taught
the people all that, and that only, which God commanded him to
teach. Thus Christ's ministers are to teach his churches all he
has commanded, neither more nor less, Mt 28:20. The fear of
God in the Heart will be the most powerful principle of
obedience. It is highly desirable that not we only, but our
children, and our children's children, may fear the Lord.
Religion and Righteousness advance and secure the prosperity of
any people.

4,5 Here is a brief summary of religion, containing the first
principles of Faith and obedience. Jehovah our God is the only
living and true God; he only is God, and he is but One God. Let
us not desire to have any other. The three-Fold mention of the
Divine names, and the plural number of the Word translated God,
seem plainly to intimate a Trinity of persons, even in this
express declaration of the unity of the Godhead. Happy those who
have this one Lord for their God. It is better to have one
Fountain than a thousand cisterns; one all-sufficient God than a
thousand insufficient friends. This is the first and great
commandment of God's Law, that we Love him; and that we do all
parts of our duty to him from a principle of Love; My son, give
me thine Heart. We are to Love God with all our Heart, and soul,
and might. That is, 1. With a sincere Love; not in Word and
tongue only, but inwardly in Truth. 2. With a strong Love. He
that is our All, must have our all, and none but he. 3. With a
superlative Love; we must Love God above any Creature whatever,
and Love nothing but what we Love for him. 4. With an
intelligent Love. To Love him with all the Heart, and with all
the understanding, we must see good cause to Love him. 5. With
an entire Love; he is ONE, our hearts must be united in his
Love. Oh that this Love of God may be shed abroad in our hearts!

6-16 Here are means for maintaining and keeping up religion in
our hearts and houses. 1. Meditation. God's words must be laid
up in our hearts, that our thoughts may be daily employed about
them. 2. The religious education of children. Often repeat these
things to them. Be careful and exact in teaching thy children.
Teach these truths to all who are any way under thy care. 3.
Pious discourse. Thou shalt talk of these things with due
reverence and seriousness, for the benefit not only of thy
children, but of thy servants, thy friends and companions. Take
all occasions to discourse with those about thee, not of matters
of doubtful disputation, but of the Plain truths and laws of
God, and the things that belong to our peace. 4. Frequent
reading of the Word. God appointed them to write sentences of
the Law upon their walls, and in scrolls of Parchment to be worn
about their wrists. This seems to have been binding in the
Letter of it to the Jews, as it is to us in the intent of it;
which is, that we should By all means make the Word of God
familiar to us; that we may have it ready to use upon all
occasions, to restrain us from Sin, and direct us in duty. We
must never be ashamed to own our religion, nor to own ourselves
under its check and government. Here is a caution not to forget
God in a Day of prosperity and plenty. When they came easily By
the Gift, they would be apt to grow secure, and unmindful of the
Giver. Therefore be careful, when thou liest safe and soft, lest
thou forget the Lord. When the world smiles, we are apt to make
Court to it, and expect our happiness in it, and So we forget
Him who is our only portion and Rest. There is need of great
care and caution at such a time. Then beware; being warned of
your danger, stand upon your Guard. Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God; neither By despairing of his power and Goodness,
while we keep in the way of our duty; nor By presuming upon it,
when we turn aside out of that way.

17-25 Moses gives charge to keep God's Commandments. Negligence
will ruin us; but we cannot be saved without diligence. It is
our interest, as Well as our duty, to be religious. It will be
our Life. Godliness has the promise of the continuance and
comfort of the Life that now is, as far as it is for God's
Glory. It will be our Righteousness. It is only through the
Mediator we can be righteous before God. The knowledge of the
spirituality and excellency of the holy Law of God, is suited to
show sinful Man his need of a Saviour, and to prepare his Heart
to welcome a free Salvation. The Gospel honours the Law, not
only in the perfect obedience of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus
Christ; but in that it is a plan for bringing back apostate
rebels and enemies, By Repentance, Faith, forgiveness, and
renewing Grace, to Love God above all things, even in this
world; and in the world above, to Love him perfectly, even as
angels Love him.

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