'Obey' in the Bible
Now obey every order I give you, my son.
His mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son. Just obey me and go get them for me.”
You will be over my house, and all my people will obey your commands. Only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Then Moses answered, “What if they won’t believe me and will not obey me but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
But Pharaoh responded, “Who is Yahweh that I should obey Him by letting Israel go? I do not know anything about Yahweh, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”
He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am Yahweh who heals you.”
But if you will carefully obey him and do everything I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.
He then took the covenant scroll and read it aloud to the people. They responded, “We will do and obey everything that the Lord has commanded.”
“But if you do not obey Me and observe all these commands—
“But if after these things you will not obey Me, I will proceed to discipline you seven times for your sins.
“If you act with hostility toward Me and are unwilling to obey Me, I will multiply your plagues seven times for your sins.
“And if in spite of this you do not obey Me but act with hostility toward Me,
none of the men who have seen My glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tested Me these 10 times and did not obey Me,
“When you sin unintentionally and do not obey all these commands that the Lord spoke to Moses—
These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so that you may remember all the Lord’s commands and obey them and not become unfaithful by following your own heart and your own eyes.
This way you will remember and obey all My commands and be holy to your God.
Confer some of your authority on him so that the entire Israelite community will obey him.
When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, you will return to the Lord your God in later days and obey Him.
Go near and listen to everything the Lord our God says. Then you can tell us everything the Lord our God tells you; we will listen and obey.’
Like the nations the Lord is about to destroy before you, you will perish if you do not obey the Lord your God.
When the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, He said, ‘Go up and possess the land I have given you’; you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You did not believe or obey Him.
“If you carefully obey my commands I am giving you today, to love the Lord your God and worship Him with all your heart and all your soul,
there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today,
and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.
Be careful to obey all these things I command you, so that you and your children after you may prosper forever, because you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.
This will occur if you obey the Lord your God, keeping all His commands I am giving you today, doing what is right in the sight of the Lord your God.
if only you obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow every one of these commands I am giving you today.
“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father or mother and doesn’t listen to them even after they discipline him,
They will say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he doesn’t obey us. He’s a glutton and a drunkard.’
Today you have affirmed that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in His ways, keep His statutes, commands, and ordinances, and obey Him.
Obey the Lord your God and follow His commands and statutes I am giving you today.”
“Now if you faithfully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all His commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will put you far above all the nations of the earth.
All these blessings will come and overtake you, because you obey the Lord your God:
The Lord will establish you as His holy people, as He swore to you, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
“But if you do not obey the Lord your God by carefully following all His commands and statutes I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overtake you:
“All these curses will come, pursue, and overtake you until you are destroyed, since you did not obey the Lord your God and keep the commands and statutes He gave you.
“If you are not careful to obey all the words of this law, which are written in this scroll, by fearing this glorious and awesome name—Yahweh, your God—
Though you were as numerous as the stars of the sky, you will be left with only a few people, because you did not obey the Lord your God.
and you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and all your soul by doing everything I am giving you today,
Then you will again obey Him and follow all His commands I am giving you today.
when you obey the Lord your God by keeping His commands and statutes that are written in this book of the law and return to Him with all your heart and all your soul.
love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. For He is your life, and He will prolong your life in the land the Lord swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
We will obey you, just as we obeyed Moses in everything. And may the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses.
Anyone who rebels against your order and does not obey your words in all that you command him, will be put to death. Above all, be strong and courageous!”
For the Israelites wandered in the wilderness 40 years until all the nation’s men of war who came out of Egypt had died off because they did not obey the Lord. So the Lord vowed never to let them see the land He had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Only carefully obey the command and instruction that Moses the Lord’s servant gave you: to love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, keep His commands, remain faithful to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”
So the people said to Joshua, “We will worship the Lord our God and obey Him.”
I said to you: I am Yahweh your God. Do not fear the gods of the Amorites whose land you live in. But you did not obey Me.’”
Hand over the perverted men in Gibeah so we can put them to death and eradicate evil from Israel.” But the Benjaminites would not obey their fellow Israelites.
If you fear the Lord, worship and obey Him, and if you don’t rebel against the Lord’s command, then both you and the king who rules over you will follow the Lord your God.
So why didn’t you obey the Lord? Why did you rush on the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?”
“But I did obey the Lord!” Saul answered. “I went on the mission the Lord gave me: I brought back Agag, king of Amalek, and I completely destroyed the Amalekites.
Then Samuel said:Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrificesas much as in obeying the Lord?Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
You did not obey the Lord and did not carry out His burning anger against Amalek; therefore the Lord has done this to you today.
Foreigners submit to me grudgingly;as soon as they hear, they obey me.
So the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Didn’t I make you swear by the Lord and warn you, saying, ‘On the day you leave and go anywhere else, know for sure that you will certainly die’? And you said to me, ‘The sentence is fair; I will obey.’
“‘After that, if you obey all I command you, walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight in order to keep My statutes and My commands as My servant David did, I will be with you. I will build you a lasting dynasty just as I built for David, and I will give you Israel.
Then Jehu wrote them a second letter, saying: If you are on my side, and if you will obey me, bring me the heads of your master’s sons at this time tomorrow at Jezreel. All 70 of the king’s sons were being cared for by the city’s prominent men.
because they did not listen to the voice of the Lord their God but violated His covenant—all He had commanded Moses the servant of the Lord. They did not listen, and they did not obey.
No one is to enter the Lord’s temple but the priests and those Levites who serve; they may enter because they are holy, but all the people are to obey the requirement of the Lord.
Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.
You warned them to turn back to Your law,but they acted arrogantlyand would not obey Your commands.They sinned against Your ordinances,which a person will live by if he does them.They stubbornly resisted,stiffened their necks, and would not obey.
Our kings, leaders, priests, and ancestorsdid not obey Your lawor listen to Your commandsand warnings You gave them.
The rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, and temple servants, along with their wives, sons, and daughters, everyone who is able to understand and who has separated themselves from the surrounding peoples to obey the law of God—
join with their noble brothers and commit themselves with a sworn oath to follow the law of God given through God’s servant Moses and to carefully obey all the commands, ordinances, and statutes of Yahweh our Lord.
The king asked, “According to the law, what should be done with Queen Vashti, since she refused to obey King Ahasuerus’s command that was delivered by the eunuchs?”
But if they do not obey,they will cross the river of deathand die without knowledge.
Foreigners submit to me grudgingly;as soon as they hear, they obey me.
“But My people did not listen to Me;Israel did not obey Me.
All this happenedso that they might keep His statutesand obey His instructions.Hallelujah!
Help me understand Your instruction,and I will obey itand follow it with all my heart.
This is my practice:I obey Your precepts.
The arrogant have smeared me with lies,but I obey Your precepts with all my heart.
Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love,and I will obey the decree You have spoken.
I understand more than the eldersbecause I obey Your precepts.
I am resolved to obey Your statutesto the very end.
Depart from me, you evil ones,so that I may obey my God’s commands.
פ PeYour decrees are wonderful;therefore I obey them.
ק QofI call with all my heart; answer me, Lord.I will obey Your statutes.
I obey Your decreesand love them greatly.
I obey Your precepts and decrees,for all my ways are before You.
I didn’t obey my teachersor listen closely to my mentors.
My son, obey my words,and treasure my commands.
They are a rebellious people,deceptive children,children who do not want to obey the Lord’s instruction.
Though seeing many things, you do not obey.Though his ears are open, he does not listen.”
Who among you will pay attention to this?Let him listen and obey in the future.
However, I did give them this command: Obey Me, and then I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must follow every way I command you so that it may go well with you.
The Lord said, “It is because they abandoned My instruction that I set in front of them and did not obey My voice or walk according to it.
You must tell them: This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let a curse be on the man who does not obey the words of this covenant,
which I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace.’ I declared: ‘Obey Me, and do everything that I command you, and you will be My people, and I will be your God,’
The Lord said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Obey the words of this covenant and carry them out.
For I strongly warned your ancestors when I brought them out of the land of Egypt until today, warning them time and time again, ‘Obey My voice.’
Yet they would not obey or pay attention; each one followed the stubbornness of his evil heart. So I brought on them all the curses of this covenant, because they had not done what I commanded them to do.”
They have returned to the sins of their ancestors who refused to obey My words and have followed other gods to worship them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah broke My covenant I made with their ancestors.
Just as underwear clings to one’s waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to Me”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“so that they might be My people for My fame, praise, and glory, but they would not obey.
But if you do not obey these words, then I swear by Myself”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“that this house will become a ruin.”
“‘But you would not obey Me’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘in order that you might provoke Me to anger by the work of your hands and bring disaster on yourselves.’
So now, correct your ways and deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God so that He might relent concerning the disaster that He warned about.
They entered and possessed it, but they did not obey Your voice or live according to Your instructions. They failed to perform all You commanded them to do, and so You have brought all this disaster on them.
At the end of seven years, each of you must free his Hebrew brother who sold himself to you. He may serve you six years, but then you must send him out free from you. But your ancestors did not obey Me or pay any attention.
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