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First Reading for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8

Summary: Moses instructs Israel to strictly follow God's laws to demonstrate wisdom and receive life and land. God's closeness and just laws set them apart from other nations.

The Command to Follow God’s Laws

Moses said to the people: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it.

Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’

For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him?

Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?”

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