Thou shalt REVERENCE Yahweh thy Sovereign.
Deu 6:2 That thou mightest REVERENCE Yahweh thy Sovereign. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Yahweh our Sovereign, as He hath commanded us, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
Deu 6:3 Hear therefore, Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Deu 6:13 Thou shalt REVERENCE Yahweh thy Sovereign. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before our Sovereign, as He hath commanded us and serve Him, and shalt swear by His name.
Deu 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahweh our Sovereign. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahweh our Sovereign, as He hath commanded us, as He hath commanded us.
Matthew Henry Commentaries – Part 1
1. That Moses taught the people all that, and that only, which Yahweh commanded him to teach them, Deu_6:1. Thus Yahshua’s ministers are to teach His churches all that He has commanded, and neither more nor less, (Mat_28:20).
2. That the end of their being taught was that they might do as they were taught (Mat_28:1), might keep Yahweh’s statutes (Deu_6:2), and observe to do them, (Deu_6:3). Good instructions from parents and ministers will but aggravate our condemnation if we do not live up to them.
3. That Moses carefully endeavoured to fix them for Yahweh and godliness, now that they were entering upon the land of Canaan, that they might be prepared for the comforts of that land, and fortified against the snares of it, and now that they were setting out in the world might set out well.
4. That the REVERENCE OF Yahweh in the heart will be the most powerful principle of obedience: That thou mightest REVERENCE Yahweh thy Sovereign, to keep all his statutes, (Deu_6:2. 5). The will of religion in a family, or country, is the best will: it is highly desirable that not we only, but our children, and our children’s children, may REVERENCE Yahweh.
5. Religion and righteousness advance and secure the prosperity of any people. REVERENCE Yahweh, and it shall be well with thee. Those that are well taught, if they do what they are taught, shall be well fed too, as Israel in the land flowing with milk and honey, (Deu_6:3).
Matthew Henry Commentaries – Part 2
Some special precepts and prohibitions are here given, which are of great consequence.
1. They must upon all occasions give honour to YAHWEH (Deu_6:13): REVERENCE Him and serve Him (for, if He be a Master, we must both reverence him and do His work); and swear by His name, that is, they must not upon any occasion appeal to any other, as the discerner of truth and avenger of wrong. Swear by Him only, and not by an idol, or any other creature.
Swear by His name in all treaties and covenants with the neighbouring nations, and do not compliment them so far as to swear by their gods. Swearing by His mane is sometimes put for an open profession of His name. Isa_45:23, Every tongue shall swear, is expounded (Rom_14:11), Every tongue shall confess to YAHWEH.
2. They must not upon any occasion give that honour to other gods
Matthew Henry Commentaries – Part 3
YAHWEH commanded us all these statutes for our BENEFIT.
Note, YAHWEH commands us nothing but what is really for our BENEIFIT. It is our interest as well as our duty to be religious.
[1.] It will be our life: That He might preserve us alive, which is a great favour, and more than we could expect, considering how often we have forfeited life itself. sovereignnesshas the promise of the continuance and comfort of the life that now is as far as it is for YAHWEH’s glory.
[2.] It will be our righteousness. Could we perfectly fulfil but that one command of loving YAHWEH with all our heart, soul, and might, and could we say, “We have never done otherwise,” this would be so our righteousness as to entitle us to the benefits of the covenant of innocency; had we continued in every thing that is written in the book of the law to do it, the law would have justified us.
But this we cannot pretend to, therefore our sincere obedience shall be accepted through a Mediator to denominate us, as Noah was, righteous before YAHWEH, Gen_7:1; Luk_1:6; and 1Jn_3:7. The Chaldee reads it, There shall be a reward to us if we observe to do these commandments; for, without doubt, in keeping YAHWEH’s commandments there is great reward.