| Quote #7
"In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as well as the firstlings of your herd and flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always." (NRSV 14:23)
And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always. (NRSV 14:23)
If God has to prove himself, the Israelites do, too. How do you prove your fear of God? By bringing 10% of your belongings to the temple for him. In return, he'll, um, be your god.
| Quote #8
"When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes" (NRSV 17:18-19)
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them (KJV 17:18-19)
Does reading the Bill of Rights make you fear the government? No? Well, this book of laws is intended to make even kings fear God. One thing you shouldn't do? Lose the book—tell the people in 1 Kings 22 that.
| Quote #9
"Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey out of Egypt, how he attacked you on the way, when you were faint and weary, and struck down all who lagged behind you; he did not fear God." (NRSV 25:17-18)
Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou faint and weary; and he feared not God. (KJV 25:17-18)
The Amalekites are the perpetual enemies of Israel. And when you're writing a piece of literature, anxieties of the time are bound to seep into your writing. The Bible just does it a little more explicitly.