Deuteronomy 6:12
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English Standard Version
then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

King James Bible
Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

American Standard Version
then beware lest thou forget Jehovah, who brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt have eaten and be full:

English Revised Version
then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then beware lest thou shouldst forget the LORD, who brought thee forth from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But for the love of God to be of the right kind, the commandments of God must be laid to heart, and be the constant subject of thought and conversation. "Upon thine heart:" i.e., the commandments of God were to be an affair of the heart, and not merely of the memory (cf. Deuteronomy 11:18). They were to be enforced upon the children, talked of at home and by the way, in the evening on lying down and in the morning on rising up, i.e., everywhere and at all times; they were to be bound upon the hand for a sign, and worn as bands (frontlets) between the eyes (see at Exodus 13:16). As these words are figurative, and denote an undeviating observance of the divine commands, so also the commandment which follows, viz., to write the words upon the door-posts of the house, and also upon the gates, are to be understood spiritually; and the literal fulfilment of such a command could only be a praiseworthy custom or well-pleasing to God when resorted to as the means of keeping the commandments of God constantly before the eye. The precept itself, however, presupposes the existence of this custom, which is not only met with in the Mahometan countries of the East at the present day (cf. A. Russell, Naturgesch. v. Aleppo, i. p. 36; Lane, Sitten u. Gebr. i. pp. 6, 13, ii. p. 71), but was also a common custom in ancient Egypt (cf. Wilkinson, Manners and Customs, vol. ii. p. 102).

(Note: The Jewish custom of the Medusah is nothing but a formal and outward observance founded upon this command. It consists in writing the words of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Deuteronomy 11:13-20 upon a piece of parchment, which is then placed upon the top of the doorway of houses and rooms, enclosed in a wooden box; this box they touch with the finger and then kiss the finger on going either out or in. S. Buxtorf, Synag. Jud. pp. 582ff.; and Bodenschatz. Kirchl. Verfassung der Juden, iv. pp. 19ff.)

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bondage [heb] bondmen, or servants

Cross References
Exodus 6:6
Say therefore to the people of Israel, 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.

Numbers 15:39
And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.

Deuteronomy 4:9
"Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children--

2 Kings 17:38
and you shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you. You shall not fear other gods,

Psalm 59:11
Kill them not, lest my people forget; make them totter by your power and bring them down, O Lord, our shield!

Psalm 78:7
so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

Psalm 103:2
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

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