ABC:Genesis 1

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Verses 1-8[edit]

Wikipedia claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments (italicized):[1]

Moses' teaching of the Law

In Deuteronomy chapter 4, verses 1 and 8 state that Moses is about to teach the laws "today". Verse 8, in the Hebrew text, even says that the "entire Torah" is to be taught today. However, verse 5 suggests that the laws have already been delivered some time in the past.

Deuteronomy 4:1-8 ¶ Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
4 But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

This is just poor reading comprehension on the part of the critic in seeing a contradiction where none exists. In v. 1, Moses states that Israel should listen to the statutes and judgments he is teaching; note that Moses does not say that the statutes are new ones. In verse 5, Moses states that he has taught Israel statutes and judgments as God commanded him; but never says that no more statutes or judgments will be given, although verse 2 does command against changing it. Ultimately however, Israel did not keep the Law they were given, the Covenant or Agreement that God made them, and thus God brought in a New Covenant/Testament/Agreement. (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8,13)


  1. Wikipedia Editors (2019, August 22). "Internal Consistency of the Bible." Wikipedia.