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Deuteronomy 4:5-8

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4:5 Look! I have taught you statutes and ordinances just as the Lord my God told me to do, so that you might carry them out in 1  the land you are about to enter and possess. 4:6 So be sure to do them, because this will testify of your wise understanding 2  to the people who will learn of all these statutes and say, “Indeed, this great nation is a very wise 3  people.” 4:7 In fact, what other great nation has a god so near to them like the Lord our God whenever we call on him? 4:8 And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just 4  as this whole law 5  that I am about to share with 6  you today?

1 tn Heb “in the midst of” (so ASV).

2 tn Heb “it is wisdom and understanding.”

3 tn Heb “wise and understanding.”

4 tn Or “pure”; or “fair”; Heb “righteous.”

5 tn The Hebrew phrase הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת (hattorah hazzot), in this context, refers specifically to the Book of Deuteronomy. That is, it is the collection of all the חֻקִּים (khuqqim, “statutes,” 4:1) and מִשְׁפָּטִים (mishpatim, “ordinances,” 4:1) to be included in the covenant text. In a full canonical sense, of course, it pertains to the entire Pentateuch or Torah.

6 tn Heb “place before.”



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