Our God is a Consuming Fire - Deuteronomy 4

Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes  and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them,  that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the  LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Deuteronomy 4:1 

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not  add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye  diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the  commandments of the LORD your God which I command  you. 

Deuteronomy 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did  because of Baal-peor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor,  the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among  you. 

Deuteronomy 4:4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God  are alive every one of you this day. 

Deuteronomy 4:5 Behold, I have  taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my  God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land  whither ye go to possess it. 

Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do  them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in  the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes,  and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and  understanding people. 

Deuteronomy 4:7 For what nation is there so  great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD  our God is in all things that we call upon him for?  

Deuteronomy 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes  and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set  before you this day? 

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and  keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which  thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all  the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’  sons; 

Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before  the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me,  Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear  my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that  they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach  their children. 

Deuteronomy 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the  mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst  of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.   

Deuteronomy 4:12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of  the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no  similitude; only ye heard a voice. 

Deuteronomy 4:13 And he declared  unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to  perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them  upon two tables of stone.  

Deuteronomy 4:14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to  teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in  the land whither ye go over to possess it. 

Deuteronomy 4:15 Take ye  therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner  of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in  Horeb out of the midst of the fire: 

Deuteronomy 4:16 Lest ye corrupt  yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude  of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 

Deuteronomy 4:17 The  likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of  any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 

Deuteronomy 4:18 The likeness  of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any  fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: 

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest  thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the  sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of  heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve  them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all  nations under the whole heaven. 

Deuteronomy 4:20 But the LORD hath  taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace,  even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance,  as ye are this day. 

Deuteronomy 4:21 Furthermore the LORD was  angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not  go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good  land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an  inheritance: 

Deuteronomy 4:22 But I must die in this land, I must not go  over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good  land. 

Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the  covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you,  and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any  thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.  

Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even  a jealous God.  

Deuteronomy 4:25 When thou shalt beget children, and children’s  children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and  shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or  the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of  the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: 

Deuteronomy 4:26 I call  heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye  shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go  over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days  upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 

Deuteronomy 4:27 And the  LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be  left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD  shall lead you. 

Deuteronomy 4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the  work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see,  nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou  shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou  seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 

Deuteronomy 4:30  When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come  upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the  LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;  

Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will  not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the  covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. 

Deuteronomy 4:32  For ask now of the days that are past, which were before  thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether  there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or  hath been heard like it? 

Deuteronomy 4:33 Did ever people hear the  voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou  hast heard, and live? 

Deuteronomy 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go  and take him a nation from the midst of another nation,  by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and  by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great  terrors, 
according to all that the LORD your God did for  you in Egypt before your eyes? 

Deuteronomy 4:35 Unto thee it was  shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is  God; there is none else beside him. 

Deuteronomy 4:36 Out of heaven  he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:  and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou  heardest his words out of the midst of the fire. 

Deuteronomy 4:37 And  because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed  after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty  power out of Egypt; 

Deuteronomy 4:38 To drive out nations from  before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring  thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is  this day. 

Deuteronomy 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it  in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above,  and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. 

Deuteronomy 4:40  Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his  commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may  go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that  thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the  LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.   

Deuteronomy 4:41 Then Moses severed three cities on this side  Jordan toward the sun rising; 

Deuteronomy 4:42 That the slayer might  flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and  hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of  these cities he might live: 

Deuteronomy 4:43 Namely, Bezer in the  wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and  Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of  the Manassites.  

Deuteronomy 4:44 And this is the law which Moses set before the  children of Israel: 

Deuteronomy 4:45 These are the testimonies, and  the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the  children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt, 

Deuteronomy 4:46  On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Beth-peor, in  the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at  Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote,  after they were come forth out of Egypt: 

Deuteronomy 4:47 And they  possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two  kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan  toward the sun rising; 

Deuteronomy 4:48 From Aroer, which is by the  bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is  Hermon, 

Deuteronomy 4:49 And all the plain on this side Jordan  eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs  of Pisgah.  

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