Moses continued his discourse reminding the Israelites of the various laws that God had handed down to them. Additional laws dealt with marriage, divorce, pledges, kidnapping, leprosy and care for the poor. He also pointed out that individuals were not responsible for the actions of their parents or children, but for their own actions. Preserving the family line was important. If a man died without having a son, his surviving brother had a marriage duty toward the late brother to take his wife and raise up a son for him. There were also laws pertaining to fairness in buying and selling.
God has stressed many times that He is to be first in one’s life. He also commanded that the firstborn without blemish be offered to Him as a sacrifice. Along that same theme, Moses reminded the people that they were to bring in a basket to the priest an offering of the first produce of the ground after they had come into the Promised Land. That was in recognition that they had been brought into the land that had been promised to their fathers.
Moses concluded this portion of his speech about God’s commandments to the children of Israel by reminding them of the covenant between God and them. He stated that they were to, “be careful to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.” Regarding the people, he said, “Also today the Lord has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you…”