Jacob fled to the country of Aram, then Israel worked 1 to acquire a wife; he tended sheep to pay for her.
But carefully obey the commands and instructions Moses the Lord’s servant gave you. Love 1 the Lord your God, follow all his instructions, 2 obey 3 his commands, be loyal to him, 4 and serve him with all your heart and being!” 5
“Every seven years each of you must free any fellow Hebrews who have sold themselves to you. After they have served you for six years, you shall set them free.” 1 But your ancestors did not obey me or pay any attention to me.
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, 1 “Praised be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent forth his angel 2 and has rescued his servants who trusted in him, ignoring 3 the edict of the king and giving up their bodies rather than 4 serve or pay homage to any god other than their God!
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, 1 for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous 2 God, responding to 3 the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations 4 of those who reject me, 5
Now if you forget the Lord your God at all 1 and follow other gods, worshiping and prostrating yourselves before them, I testify to you today that you will surely be annihilated.
After they have been destroyed from your presence, be careful not to be ensnared like they are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do the same.”
and the sign or wonder should come to pass concerning what he said to you, namely, “Let us follow other gods” – gods whom you have not previously known – “and let us serve them.”
The Lord will force you and your king 1 whom you will appoint over you to go away to a people whom you and your ancestors have not known, and you will serve other gods of wood and stone there.
The people worshiped 1 the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and as long as the elderly men 2 who outlived him remained alive. These men had witnessed 3 all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. 4
When a leader died, the next generation 1 would again 2 act more wickedly than the previous one. 3 They would follow after other gods, worshiping them 4 and bowing down to them. They did not give up 5 their practices or their stubborn ways.
(5:1) 1 Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 2 to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These kingdoms paid tribute as Solomon’s subjects throughout his lifetime. 3
They have gone back to the evil ways 1 of their ancestors of old who refused to obey what I told them. They, too, have paid allegiance to 2 other gods and worshiped them. Both the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah 3 have violated the covenant I made with their ancestors.