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Deuteronomy-Detailed Outline
A. Israel's Faithlessness and God's Care
Deuteronomy 1 Failure to go Into the Promised Land
Deuteronomy 1:1-5 Preface to the speech: Provides geographical and chronological information.
Deuteronomy 1:6-4:40 The Speech
Deuteronomy 1:9-18 Appointment of leaders, instruction concerning administration of justice.
Deuteronomy 1:19-33 Historical review: Example of first attempt to cross into Promised Land. Sent spies to check things out, afraid to enter despite God's presence.
Deuteronomy 1:34-40 Punishment was that none of first generation would enter the Land.
Deuteronomy 1:41-46 Tried to invade against the Amorites; were resoundingly defeated.
Deuteronomy 2-3 Thirty-Eight Years of Wandering
Deuteronomy 2:1-8 Account of traveling through Edomite territory.
Deuteronomy 2:9-25 Account of traveling through Moabite territory.
Deuteronomy 2:26-37 A request to pass through Sihon was refused. Won the resulting war.
Deuteronomy 3:1-7 Battle and victory against Og is described.
Deuteronomy 3:8-20 Division of conquered territory east of Jordan given to Reuben, Gad and Manasseh.
Deuteronomy 3:21-29 Appointment of Joshua as Moses' successor.
Deuteronomy 4:1-40 Lessons of Past Impressed Upon the New Generation
Encouragement is given for Israel to keep God's law.
Deuteronomy 4:1-8 God expects obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:9-29 Warning against idolatry, images, making of idols.
Deuteronomy 4:30-31 God will be faithful to his covenant with them.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40 Reminder of what God has done for Israel.
Deuteronomy 4:41-43 Appointment of Cities of Refuge
B. The Nation's Solemn Responsibility
Deuteronomy 4:44-5:33 Review of the Divine Covenant
Deuteronomy 4:44-49 Setting for the second speech.
Deuteronomy 5:1-5 Introduction to the second speech.
Deuteronomy 5:6-22 Repetition of "the Ten Words" given at Mount Sinai.
Deuteronomy 5:23-33 Review of his role as mediator.
Deuteronomy 6-26 What the Covenant Demands
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Further explication of the first commandment "Hear O Israel, The Lord is our God, the Lord alone."
Deuteronomy 6:10-19 Prosperity must not make them complacent.
Deuteronomy 6:20-25 Teaching the children in the Law.
Deuteronomy 7:1-8 Avoid mixing with the Canaanites; must remain separate, holy.
Deuteronomy 7:9-16 Stay right with God.
Deuteronomy 8:1-6 Keep the commandments (adds reminder of wilderness journey).
Deuteronomy 8:7-20 Do not forget God when all is well.
Deuteronomy 9:1-10:10 Recollection of the story of the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai
Deuteronomy 9:1-7 Land is God's gift; they have not "earned" it.
Deuteronomy 9:8-2 Recounting the golden calf and the breaking of the first tablets.
Deuteronomy 9:22-24 Remembering the refusal to enter the Promised Land-spy problem.
Deuteronomy 9:25-10:5 Back to Mt. Sinai and Moses' intercession and second tablets.
Deuteronomy 10:6-9 Death of Aaron and setting aside of Levites to be holy.
Deuteronomy 10:10-11 God reaffirms Moses' position as leader.
Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Exhorts them to fear and love God.
Deuteronomy 11:1-7 Tells them to keep the Commandments; God is mighty.
Deuteronomy 11:8-25 If they keep God's Commandments, they will prosper in Canaan.
Deuteronomy 11:26-32 They can choose: Blessing for faithfulness or cursing for unfaithfulness.
Dueteronomy 12:1-26:19 Presentation of Specific Laws
Deuteronomy 12:1-16:17 Laws mostly re: cultic issues and ceremonial events.
Deuteronomy 12:1-28 There should be only one place to worship.
Deuteronomy 12:29-32 Do not ever worship other gods.
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 Beware of false prophets.
Deuteronomy 13:6-11 Be watchful of faithless family members.
Deuteronomy 13:13-18 Be wary of the idolatrous city.
Deuteronomy 14:1-2 Shun pagan mourning practices.
Deuteronomy 14:3-21 Listing of clean and unclean animals: those that can be eaten or not!
Deuteronomy 14:22-29 The practice of tithing; it's a sign of thanksgiving.
Deuteronomy 15:1-18 The sabbatical year -- all debts are canceled.
Deuteronomy 15:19-23 Offering the firstborn animal for sacrifice.
Deuteronomy 16:1-17 Regulations with respect to the three major feasts are described.
Deuteronomy 16:1-8 The Passover.
Deuteronomy 16:9-12 Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).
Deuteronomy 16:13-15 Feast of Tabernacles (Booths).
Deuteronomy 16:15-17 Obligation to attend feasts, offerings to bring to them.
Deuteronomy 16:18-26:19 Laws of a civil nature.
Deuteronomy 16:18-20 Appointment of judges, exhortation for impartial justice.
Deuteronomy 16:21-17:7 Warning against desecration of the altar and idolatry.
Deuteronomy 17:8-13 High court (priests who are Levites) should handle difficult cases.
Deuteronomy 17:13-20 If a king is needed, listen for God's direction.
Deuteronomy 18:1-8 Regulations concerning income for the priests.
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 Avoid pagan practices (divination, passing a child through fire, etc.).
Deuteronomy 18:13-22 Respect for God's spokesperson…the prophet.
Deuteronomy 19:1-13 Rules with respect to cities of refuge: No blood revenge, but elders should mete justice.
Deuteronomy 19:14 Respect for property rights, cannot just move someone's property markers.
Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Need for two witnesses, for accusations or proof.
Deuteronomy 20:1-9 How to prepare for holy war; do not fear, the Lord is with you.
Deuteronomy 20:10-20 Treatment of enemies (kill); treatment of land (save the fruit trees).
Deuteronomy 21:1-9 People as a whole must atone for an unsolved murder; all bear guilt.
Deuteronomy 21:10-14 Permission to marry a captive woman.
Deuteronomy 21:15-17 Inheritance rights of firstborn sons remain even if husband does not love that son's mother.
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 Rebellious children cannot destroy family unit.
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 Even criminals must be buried "Anyone who hangs on a tree is under God's curse."
Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Caring for lost or injured animals (even those not your own).
Deuteronomy 22:5 Proper attire for men and women.
Deuteronomy 22:6-7 Protecting and caring for birds.
Deuteronomy 22:8 Proper roof constructions will prevent accidents…from someone falling off the roof.
Deuteronomy 22:9-11 Lord makes everything for a purpose; do not mix things together.
Deuteronomy 22:12 Wear tassels as a visual reminder of the Commandments.
Deuteronomy 22:13-30 Regulations with respect to divorce and sexual relationships. Men can have more than one wife; women can have only one husband. More protections are described for women in cases of rape.
Deuteronomy 23:1-8 Those who need to be excluded from the assembly of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 23:9-14 The purity of the camp must be maintained; the Lord is holy.
Deuteronomy 23:15-25 Random laws regulating relationships with slaves, neighbors.
Deuteronomy 24:1-5 Rules are given with respect certificate of divorce.
Deuteronomy 24:6-7 Forbidden acts: stealing millstones, kidnapping.
Deuteronomy 24:8-9 Regulations are given with respect to leprosy.
Deuteronomy 24:10-15 Care for needy with respect and dignity.
Deuteronomy 24:16 Individuals are each responsible; fathers cannot suffer for children, vice versa.
Deuteronomy 24:17-22 Caring for the less fortunate, provision for gleaning in fields.
Deuteronomy 25:1-3 Flogging is limited to 40 lashes; more is considered degrading
Deuteronomy 25:4 Humane treatments for working animals is encouraged.
Deuteronomy 25:5-10 Provision for levirate marriages. Man's widow must marry his nearest male relative.
Deuteronomy 25:11-12 Provision for sexual impropriety.
Deuteronomy 25:13-16 Do not use two sets of weights, one for buying, and the other for selling.
Deuteronomy 25:17-19 The treatment of the Amalekites.
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Liturgy for bringing in the first fruits.
Deuteronomy 26:12-15 Liturgy for the triennial tithe.
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 Concluding words…exhortations to keep all these laws.
C. The Nation's Solemn Responsibility
Deuteronomy 27 A Ceremony of Remembrance in the Land
Deuteronomy 27:1-8 Instructions for building an altar on Mount Ebal.
Deuteronomy 27: 9-10 Another exhortation to keep the law.
Deuteronomy 27:11-26 Proclamation of blessings and cursing on Mounts Gerizim and Ebal.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 The Blessings of the Law
Obedience leads to blessings, six are listed, plus a commentary.
Deuteronomy 28:15-68 The Curses of the Law
Disobedience leads to cursing, six are listed, plus a commentary.
D. Terms that Would Ensure Israel's Continued Occupancy of the Land
Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20 -- Moses' Third Speech -- Renewing the Covenant
Deuteronomy 29:1-8 Review of the Past
.Reflection on what the Lord has done for the Israelites
Deuteronomy 29:9-29 Warning Against Disobedience
Renewal of the Covenant is given.
Deuteronomy 30 Divine Mercy in Spite of Failure
Deuteronomy 30:1-10 Conditions for blessings.
Deuteronomy 30:11-20 Final exhortation…make good choices. "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life...."
E. Moses' Final Words of Advice
Deuteronomy 31:1-23 Final Speech, Farewell Address, and Moses' Death
Deuteronomy 31:1-13 Moses wraps up loose ends; appoints Joshua, writes laws and gives to elders.
Deuteronomy 31:14-15 The official commissioning of Joshua is recounted.
Deuteronomy 31:16-22 The Lord teaches Moses a song to share with Israel…to help them remember.
Deuteronomy 31:23 Final charges is given to Joshua.
F. The Written Law Preserved as a Witness
Deuteronomy 31:24-29 More details of the covenant ceremony are given.
G. A Psalm of Witness Against Israel
Deuteronomy 31:30-32:47 The Actual Song of Moses. Song gives historical perspective; contains main themes of prophecy.
Deuteronomy 32:1-3 Give ear O heavens!
Deuteronomy 32:4-6 An indictment of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:7-14 The Lord is still faithful in His care for Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:15-18 Israel was still ungrateful.
Deuteronomy 32:19-27 The Lord had every reason for righteous anger.
Deuteronomy 32:28-33 Israel still had higher thought than neighbors.
Deuteronomy 32:34-43 Vengeance belongs to the Lord; the Lord's people will be vindicated.
Deuteronomy 32:44-47 Moses actually sings (recites) his song to the people.
Deuteronomy 32:48-32:52 Sequel to the Song
Deuteronomy 32:48-52 Moses climbs Mount Nebo and views Canaan -- from a distance.
H. Future Glory of the Tribe
Moses' gives a final farewell and blessing for the people.
Deuteronomy 33:1-5 Introduction
Deuteronomy 33:6-25 The Blessings. A blessing of each tribe is given, except for Simeon, which had already disappeared.
Deuteronomy 33:26-29 The Source and Summary of the Blessings
Conclusion: blessings for the future. Other nations will be jealous of Israel's good fortune and awesome God.
Deuteronomy 34 The Death of Moses
Deuteronomy 34:1 Moses climbs up Mount Nebo.
Deuteronomy 34:2-4 Moses over the whole land.
Deuteronomy 34:5-8 Moses dies in the Moab, but no one knows where he was buried. Moses was 120 years old, "yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone." The people mourned for 30 days, until the time of weeping was over.
Deuteronomy 34:9 Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom.
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 Moses was one of a kind. "Since then no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face...."

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