Bible: Deuteronomy 4:9-18

Reminder of the Horeb Covenant

4:9 Again, however, pay very careful attention, 1  lest you forget the things you have seen and disregard them for the rest of your life; instead teach them to your children and grandchildren. 4:10 You 2  stood before the Lord your God at Horeb and he 3  said to me, “Assemble the people before me so that I can tell them my commands. 4  Then they will learn to revere me all the days they live in the land, and they will instruct their children.” 4:11 You approached and stood at the foot of the mountain, a mountain ablaze to the sky above it 5  and yet dark with a thick cloud. 6  4:12 Then the Lord spoke to you from the middle of the fire; you heard speech but you could not see anything – only a voice was heard. 7  4:13 And he revealed to you the covenant 8  he has commanded you to keep, the ten commandments, 9  writing them on two stone tablets. 4:14 Moreover, at that same time the Lord commanded me to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to keep in the land which you are about to enter and possess. 10 

The Nature of Israel’s God

4:15 Be very careful, 11  then, because you saw no form at the time the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the middle of the fire. 4:16 I say this 12  so you will not corrupt yourselves by making an image in the form of any kind of figure. This includes the likeness of a human male or female, 4:17 any kind of land animal, any bird that flies in the sky, 4:18 anything that crawls 13  on the ground, or any fish in the deep waters of the earth. 14 

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