The Lord’s word was to stand in a place of prominence over the people when they entered the promised land.

The Lord’s word was to stand in a place of prominence over the people when they entered the promised land.

BibleGateway: Deuteronomy 27:1-10

ESV Text: Deuteronomy 27:1-10

Deuteronomy 27:1–10 (Listen)

The Altar on Mount Ebal

27:1 Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today. And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the LORD your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you. And when you have crossed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I command you today, on Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You shall wield no iron tool on them; you shall build an altar to the LORD your God of uncut1 stones. And you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God, and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God. And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.”

Curses from Mount Ebal

Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the LORD your God. 10 You shall therefore obey the voice of the LORD your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you today.”

Footnotes

[1] 27:6 Hebrew whole

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KJV Text:

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     1 And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day. 2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster: 3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee. 4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster. 5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them. 6 Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God: 7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God. 8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly. 9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God. 10 Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 287 (LSB 581):
That Man a Godly Life Might Live

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1. That man a Godly life might live, 
God did these Ten Commandments give 
By His true servant Moses, high 
Upon the Mount Sinai. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

2. I am thy God and Lord alone, 
No other God beside Me own; 
Put thy whole confidence in Me 
And love Me e’er cordially. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

3. By idle word and speech profane 
Take not My holy name in vain 
And praise but that as good and true 
Which I Myself say and do. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

4. Hallow the day which God hath blest 
That thou and all thy house may rest; 
Keep hand and heart from labor free 
That God may so work in thee. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

5. Give to thy parents honor due, 
Be dutiful, and loving, too, 
And help them when their strength decays, 
So shalt thou have length of days. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

6. In sinful wrath thou shalt not kill 
Nor hate nor render ill for ill; 
Be patient and of gentle mood, 
And to thy foe do thou good. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

7. Be faithful to thy marriage vows, 
Thy heart give only to thy spouse; 
Thy life keep pure, and lest thou sin, 
Use temperance and discipline. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

8. Steal not; all usury abhor 
Nor wring their life-blood from the poor, 
But open wide thy loving hand 
To all the poor in the land. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

9. Bear not false witness nor belie 
Thy neighbor by foul calumny. 
Defend his innocence from blame; 
With charity hide his shame. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

10. Thy neighbor’s house desire thou not, 
His wife, nor aught that he hath got, 
But wish that his such good may be 
As thy heart doth wish for thee. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

11. God these commandments gave therein 
To show thee, child of man, thy sin 
And make thee also well perceive 
How man unto God should live. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

12. Help us, Lord Jesus Christ, for we 
A Mediator have in Thee; 
Our works cannot salvation gain; 
Thy merit but endless pain. 
Have mercy, Lord! 


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