He said, “If you will diligently obey 1 the Lord your God, and do what is right 2 in his sight, and pay attention 3 to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, then all 4 the diseases 5 that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.” 6
You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days 1 you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time 2 you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before 3 me empty-handed.
They have quickly turned aside 1 from the way that I commanded them – they have made for themselves a molten calf and have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt.’”
Remember the whole way by which he 1 has brought you these forty years through the desert 2 so that he might, by humbling you, test you to see if you have it within you to keep his commandments or not.
Then you must come to the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to reside, bringing 1 everything I am commanding you – your burnt offerings, sacrifices, tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 2 and all your choice votive offerings which you devote to him. 3
I have not eaten anything when I was in mourning, or removed any of it while ceremonially unclean, or offered any of it to the dead; 1 I have obeyed you 2 and have done everything you have commanded me.
For I know that after I die you will totally 1 corrupt yourselves and turn away from the path I have commanded you to walk. Disaster will confront you in the days to come because you will act wickedly 2 before the Lord, inciting him to anger because of your actions.” 3
The Israelites did just as Joshua commanded. They picked up twelve stones, according to the number of the Israelite tribes, from the middle of the Jordan as the Lord had instructed Joshua. They carried them over with them to the camp and put them there.
She summoned 1 Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali. She said to him, “Is it not true that the Lord God of Israel is commanding you? Go, march to Mount Tabor! Take with you ten thousand men from Naphtali and Zebulun!
But he did not execute the sons of the assassins. He obeyed the Lord’s commandment as recorded in the law scroll of Moses, 1 “Fathers must not be put to death for what their sons do, 2 and sons must not be put to death for what their fathers do. 3 A man must be put to death only for his own sin.” 4
So now, in the sight of all Israel, the Lord’s assembly, and in the hearing of our God, I say this: 1 Carefully observe 2 all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may possess this good land and may leave it as a permanent inheritance for your children after you.
God’s Spirit energized 1 Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up before the people and said to them, “This is what God says: ‘Why are you violating the commands of the Lord? You will not be prosperous! Because you have rejected the Lord, he has rejected you!’”
However, he did not execute their sons. He obeyed the Lord’s commandment as recorded in the law scroll of Moses, 1 “Fathers must not be executed for what their sons do, 2 and sons must not be executed for what their fathers do. 3 A man must be executed only for his own sin.” 4
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the leaders of Israel said to them, “You have no right 1 to help us build the temple of our God. We will build it by ourselves for the Lord God of Israel, just as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, has commanded us.”
And you solemnly admonished them in order to return them to your law, but they behaved presumptuously and did not obey your commandments. They sinned against your ordinances – those by which an individual, if he obeys them, 1 will live. They boldly turned from you; 2 they rebelled 3 and did not obey.
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.
Moses instructed them to take 1 his message 2 throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman do any more work for the offering for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing any more. 3
Then the priest will command that the house be cleared 1 before the priest enters to examine the infection 2 so that everything in the house 3 does not become unclean, 4 and afterward 5 the priest will enter to examine the house.
Make sure you are 1 very strong and brave! Carefully obey 2 all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep! 3 Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful 4 in all you do. 5
“Go through the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your supplies, for within three days you will cross the Jordan River and begin the conquest of the land the Lord your God is ready to hand over to you.’” 1