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Deuteronomy Chapter 5

Deuteronomy 5:3
5:3 The LORD {a} made not this covenant with our fathers, but
    with us, [even] us, who [are] all of us here alive this day.

    (a) Some read, God made not this covenant, that is, in such
        ample forth and with such signs and wonders.

Deuteronomy 5:4
5:4 The LORD talked with you {b} face to face in the mount out
    of the midst of the fire,

    (b) So plainly that you do not need to doubt it.

Deuteronomy 5:7
5:7 Thou shalt have none {c} other gods before me.

    (c) God binds us to serve him only without superstition and
        idolatry.

Deuteronomy 5:9
5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them:
    for I the LORD thy God [am] a {d} jealous God, visiting the
    iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and
    fourth [generation] of them that hate me,

    (d) That is, of his honour, not permitting it to be given to
        others.

Deuteronomy 5:10
5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that {e} love me
     and keep my commandments.

     (e) The first degree to keep the commandments, is to love
         God.

Deuteronomy 5:13
5:13 Six days {f} thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

     (f) Meaning, since God permits six days for our labours, we
         should willingly dedicate the seventh to serve him
         wholly.

Deuteronomy 5:16
5:16 {g} Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God
     hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and
     that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD
     thy God giveth thee.

     (g) Not for a show, but with true obedience, and due
         reverence.

Deuteronomy 5:21
5:21 Neither shalt {h} thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither
     shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his
     male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey,
     or any [thing] that [is] thy neighbour's.

     (h) He not only speaks of that resolute will, but that
         there should be no motion or affection.

Deuteronomy 5:22
5:22 These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly on the
     mount from the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the
     thick darkness, with a great voice: and he {i} added no
     more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and
     delivered them to me.

     (i) Teaching us by his example to be content with his word,
         and add nothing to it.

Deuteronomy 5:29
5:29 O {k} that there were such an heart in them, that they
     would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it
     might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

     (k) He requires nothing but obedience from us, showing also
         that we ourselves are the unveiling of it.

Deuteronomy 5:32
5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath
     commanded you: ye shall not {l} turn aside to the right
     hand or to the left.

     (l) You shall neither add nor take away, Deuteronomy 4:2.

Deuteronomy 5:33
5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath
     commanded you, that ye may {m} live, and [that it may be]
     well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the
     land which ye shall possess.

     (m) In the same way that God, by way of our obedience,
         gives us all happiness: so from disobeying God proceed
         all our miseries.



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