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15"Therefore take good heed to yourselves. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,Warning against idolatry. Dt.4.15-40
16beware lest you act corruptly by making a graven image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 
17the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 
18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth. 
19And beware lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and worship them and serve them, things which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. 
20But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own possession, as at this day. 
21Furthermore the LORD was angry with me on your account, and he swore that I should not cross the Jordan, and that I should not enter the good land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance. 
22For I must die in this land, I must not go over the Jordan; but you shall go over and take possession of that good land. 
23Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make a graven image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. 
24For the LORD your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God. 
25"When you beget children and children's children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a graven image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, so as to provoke him to anger, 
26I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you are going over the Jordan to possess; you will not live long upon it, but will be utterly destroyed. 
27And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you. 
28And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of men's hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 
29But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 
30When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice, 
31for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them. 
32"For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. 
33Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? 
34Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 
35To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him. 
36Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you; and on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 
37And because he loved your fathers and chose their descendants after them, and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, 
38driving out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as at this day; 
39know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. 
40Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God gives you for ever." 

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