DEUTERONOMY 4:23

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.”

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Deuteronomy 4:23 Translation & Meaning

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Take heed הִשָּֽׁמְר֣וּ Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc Take heed
unto yourselves, lest פֶּֽן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest yourselves lest
ye forget תִּשְׁכְּחוּ֙ To mislay, i.e., to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention forget
the covenant בְּרִ֤ית A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant
of the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
your God, אֱלֹ֣הֵיכֶ֔ם Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
which אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
he made כָּרַ֖ת To cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e., make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces) made
with עִמָּכֶ֑ם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
you, and make וַֽעֲשִׂיתֶ֨ם To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application make
you a graven image, פֶּ֙סֶל֙ An idol graven image
or (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the likeness תְּמ֣וּנַת Something portioned (i.e., fashioned) out, as a shape, i.e., (indefinitely) phantom, or (specifically) embodiment, or (figuratively) manifestation (of favor) likeness
of any כֹּ֔ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) any
thing, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
which אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
the Lord יְהוָ֥ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ׃ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
hath forbidden צִוְּךָ֖ (intensively) to constitute, enjoin forbidden
thee. צִוְּךָ֖ (intensively) to constitute, enjoin thee

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  • 21  Furthermore the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:

  • 22  But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.

  • 23  Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.

  • 24  For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

  • 25  When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger:




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