Geneva Study Bible
And I made an ark [of] a shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand.
(a) Which is a wood of long endurance.
And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the b assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.
(b) When you were assembled to receive the Law.
And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to c Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest's office in his stead.
(c) This mountain was also called Hor, (Numbers 20:28).
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to d minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.
(d) That is, to offer sacrifice, and to declare the Law to the people.
Wherefore Levi hath no part nor e inheritance with his brethren; the LORD [is] his inheritance, according as the LORD thy God promised him.
(e) So God turned the curse of Jacob to a blessing (Genesis 49:7).
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God f require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
(f) For all our sins and transgressions God requires nothing but to turn to him and obey him.
g Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, [even] you above all people, as [it is] this day.
(g) Although he was Lord of heaven and earth, he chose no one but you.
h Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
(h) Cut off all your evil affections, (Jeremiah 4:4).
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and i swear by his name.
(i) Read (Deuteronomy 6:13).
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