Bible study 158 – Deuteronomy 6

Moses continues his own interpretation of what God told him at Mount Sinai 39 years earlier. He emphasizes how important it is that people love God and keep his commandments, or else they will die. If their children ask them why they need to follow the rules, the parents are to answer that it’s “to keep us alive.”

This chapter is also the basis for two Jewish customs: wearing black leather straps with Biblical inscriptionswhen praying (picture), and affixing parchments with prayers to the doorpost.

Deuteronomy 6:8-9
Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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