And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
 

6:8 frontlets. Whether this commandment was intended to be taken physically or spiritually may be a question, but the Jews of later times understood these frontlets in terms of what they called phylacteries, small boxes containing passages of Scripture, which they wore on their foreheads when praying. See also Exodus 13:9,16. In any case, the essential teaching is that both the deeds of our hands and the thoughts of our minds should be constrained by the words of God, as recorded in Scripture.

6:9 posts of thy house. The custom of the Jews in respect to this command was to attach a small container with Deuteronomy 6:4 written on a scroll inside it to the door posts.


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