Deuteronomy - Revised Standard Version (1966)
The fifth and last book of the Pentateuch is called Deuteronomy, meaning "second law." In reality, what it contains is not a new law but a partial repetition, completion and explanation of the law proclaimed on Mount Sinai. The historical portions of the book are also a resume of what is related elsewhere in the Pentateuch. The chief characteristic of this book is its vigorous oratorical style. In a series of eloquent discourses Moses presents the theme of covenant renewal in a vital liturgical framework. He exhorts, corrects and threatens his people, appealing to their past glory, their historic mission, and the promise of future triumph. His aim is to enforce among the Israelites the Lord's claim to their obedience, loyalty and love. The events contained in the Book of Deuteronomy took place in the plains of Moab (Deut 1:5) between the end of the wanderings in the desert (Deut 1:3) and the crossing of the Jordan River (Joshua 4:19), a period of no more than forty days. The Book of Deuteronomy, written after the Israelites had for centuries been resident in the Land of Promise, takes the form of a testament of Moses, the great leader and legislator, to his people on the eve of his death. At the time of our Lord's coming, it shared with the Psalms a preeminent religious influence among the Old Testament books. The Savior quoted passages of Deuteronomy in overcoming the threefold temptation of Satan in the desert (Mat 4; Deut 6:13, 16; 8:3; 10:20), and in explaining to the lawyer the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:35-39; Deut 6:4). - The book is divided as follows: I. Historical Review and Exhortation (Deut 1:1-4:43) II. God and His Covenant (Deut 4:44-11:32) III. Exposition of the Law (Deut 12:1-26, 19) IV. Final Words of Moses (Deut 27:1-34:12)

Headings



Book of


DEUTERONOMY


1 Events at Horeb Recalled
Appointment of Tribal Leaders
Israel's Refusal to Enter the Land
The Penalty for Israel's Rebellion
The Desert Years
2 Defeat of King Sihon
3 Defeat of King Og
Moses Views Canaan from Pisgah
4 Moses Commands Obedience
Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan
Transition to the Second Address
5 The Ten Commandments
Moses the Mediator of God's Will
6 The Great Commandment
Caution against Disobedience
7 A Chosen People
Blessings for Obedience
8 A Warning Not to Forget God in Prosperity
9 The Consequences of Rebelling against God
10 The Second Pair of Tablets
The Essence of the Law
11 Rewards for Obedience
12 Pagan Shrines to Be Destroyed
A Prescribed Place of Worship
Warning against Idolatry
14 Pagan Practices Forbidden
Clean and Unclean Foods
Regulations concerning Tithes
15 Laws concerning the Sabbatical Year
The Firstborn of Livestock
16 The Passover Reviewed
The Festival of Weeks Reviewed
The Festival of Booths Reviewed
Municipal Judges and Officers
Forbidden Forms of Worship
17 Legal Decisions by Priests and Judges
Limitations of Royal Authority
18 Privileges of Priests and Levites
Child-Sacrifice, Divination, and Magic Prohibited
A New Prophet Like Moses
19 Laws concerning the Cities of Refuge
Property Boundaries
Law concerning Witnesses
20 Rules of Warfare
21 Law concerning Murder by Persons Unknown
Female Captives
The Right of the Firstborn
Rebellious Children
Miscellaneous Laws
22 Laws concerning Sexual Relations
23 Those Excluded from the Assembly
Sanitary, Ritual, and Humanitarian Precepts
24 Laws concerning Marriage and Divorce
Miscellaneous Laws
25 Levirate Marriage
Various Commands
26 First Fruits and Tithes
Concluding Exhortation
27 The Inscribed Stones and Altar on Mount Ebal
Twelve Curses
28 Blessings for Obedience
Warnings against Disobedience
29 The Covenant Renewed in Moab
30 God's Fidelity Assured
Exhortation to Choose Life
31 Joshua Becomes Moses' Successor
The Law to Be Read Every Seventh Year
Moses and Joshua Receive God's Charge
The Song of Moses
32 Moses' Death Foretold
33 Moses' Final Blessing on Israel
34 Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab

Version
Nova Vulgata - Latin
Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
CEI (1974) - Italian
Einheits▄bersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German