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And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh ° month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:3 Moses spake. Practically the entire book of Deuteronomy consists of spoken messages by Moses to the people of Israel, reviewing their forty years in the wilderness, along with the laws, commandments and promises made to them by the Lord. These messages were also written down by Moses and now comprise the book of Deuteronomy. The messages were originally given in the plains of Moab as their armies were preparing to cross the Jordan and possess the promised land.

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