Book of Deuteronomy Synopsis: Statistics And Summary of Main Topics.

Book of Deuteronomy Chapter by Chapter Summary.







Renewal Of The Law, Learning, Leadership and Justice.


God, Moses, Israelites, and Joshua


4:2: Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”

6:4-7: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

32:46-47: “He said to them, ‘Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”


Deuteronomy is the last book of the Pentateuch. Its name means second law. As it is actually repetition of the law already given there in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. It is a sermon Moses gave to the Israelites before they entered into the promised land. Moses recalls the events of there history and the law. And mostly delivered this sermon on the plains of Moab just prior to their entrance into the Promised Land. Other than Moses there were only two men left from Isralites generation that escaped Egypt therefore, the repetition of the law was highly important to the well-being of the new generation.


Chapter# 1 – Moses recalls past incidents, leaving Mount Horeb, defeat of Amorites. Chiefs and judges appointed. Twelve spies, afraid to enter promised land. Unsuccessful conquest of Canaan
Chapter# 2 – Moses recalls past incidents, Thirty-eight years in wilderness, defeat Sihon king of Heshbon
Chapter# 3 – Moses recalls past incidents, Og king of Bashan defeated, Joshua told not to be afraid. Moses not to enter the promised land.
Chapter# 4 – God made Israel a great nation, Ten Commandments, avoid idolatry, obey God, cities of refuge
Chapter# 5 – Moses recalls past: God speaks to & makes covenant with Israel. Have no other gods; Keep the Sabbath; Honour your parents.
Chapter# 6 – Moses said love Jehovah with all your heart. Do not forget Jehovah. Do not put Jehovah to the test. Teach your children these commandments.
Chapter# 7 – Do not make agreements with other nations. Seven nations to be destroyed. God chose Israel. God will drive out the nations before you.
Chapter# 8 – Remember God’s commands. Do not forget the LORD or you shall perish.
Chapter# 9 – Why Israel was given the land. Other nation were wrong. Israelites provoked God times. Golden Calf. Tablets broken.
Chapter# 10 – God wrote on new tablets. Israel’s journeys. What God requires? Fear and love God.
Chapter# 11 – You have seen God’s greatness. Keep these commandments so that you may live long in the land.
Chapter# 12 – Worship at the place God chooses. Destroy other nation’s gods. Do not follow entrapped by other gods
Chapter# 13 – How to treat apostates. False gods worship, false prophets, miracles and dreams
Chapter# 14 – You may eat animals with cloven hooves. Clean and unclean foods. Bring a tithe from your fields.
Chapter# 15 – Debt cancellation & release of slaves after 7 years, Assisting the poor. Set apart every firstborn male animal.
Chapter# 16 – Passover celebration in the month of Abib. Feastival of Weeks and of Booths. Appoint judges.
Chapter# 17 – Sacrifices should be without defects. Appoint the king that God chooses.
Chapter# 18 – Laws regarding share of priests and Levites. Witches & false prophets. Promise of a true Prophet.
Chapter# 19 – Bloodguilt and 3 cities of refuge. A affair or dispute must be established by two or three witnesses.
Chapter# 20 – Laws regarding Warfare. Exemption from military services.
Chapter# 21 – Laws regarding mystery deaths, marrying captive women, firstborn inheritance, rebellious sons, hanging
Chapter# 22 – laws regarding lost property, various household rules, virginity, engagement, marriage & sexual laws
Chapter# 23 – laws regarding entering God’s assembly, treaties, uncleanness, sanitation, money, property & promises
Chapter# 24 – laws regarding marriage, divorce, leprosy, loans, oppression, punishment, judging, harvesting & sharing
Chapter# 25 – laws regarding judging, brother-in-law marrying wife of dead brother, fighting men & wife, honesty
Chapter# 26 – laws regarding offerings of first fruits, tithing, worship, & prayers of thanksgiving
Chapter# 27 – command to build altar to God, Levites speak curses to people who disobey God, Israel agrees
Chapter# 28 – If you obey God he will bless you above all nations. Warning against disobedience.
Chapter# 29 – Covenant with Israel at Moab. God’s covenant & consequences for disobeying
Chapter# 30 – after Israel disobeys & is scattered, God will bring them back to prosper; Israel chooses life or death
Chapter# 31 – Moses 120 years and bout to die. Choosing between life and death. Joshua given charge
Chapter# 32 – Moses teaches God’s song to Israel & encourages Israel; God asks Moses to up Mount Nebo, view promised land and die there.
Chapter# 33 – Moses blesses tribes of Israel. God’s everlasting blessings.
Chapter# 34 – God showed Moses the promised land. Moses disappears and dies at Mount Nebo the age of 120 years. Joshua succeeds Moses.