Deuteronomy 6:13 (New Scripture Challenge)

A few days ago, I made some goals for the remainder of February and also March. One of those goals was to study Deuteronomy 6:13-19 over the next six weeks. So with that said, the “Scripture Challenge” is returning to Gracefully Overcoming. It was about a year ago when I had my first “Scripture Challenge” here. While I did not continue on as faithfully as I would have hoped, I lasted for about 5 weeks of studying intently through the 5th chapter of Galatians (you can see those posts here).


Here is my tenative outline, for accountability’s sake –

Weeks 1-6

  1. Deuteronomy 6:13
  2. Deuteronomy 6:14
  3. Deuteronomy 6:15
  4. Deuteronomy 6:16
  5. Deuteronomy 6:17-18a
  6. Deuteronomy 6:18b-19

This Week’s Focus

… is Deuteronomy 6:13

This week, my focus will be set upon Deuteronomy 6:13.

Worship the Lord your God. He is the only One
you should serve. When you make promises,
do so in His name (NIRV).”

Side Note

The last part of the verse always kinda makes me go “whaaaa???” (And, of course, after flunking a little over 1/2 of a semester of American Sign Language, I am doing the hand motion to go along with it. Just visualize my moving hands, to show the confusion).

One reason why I choose Bible Gateway as my Bible website, when writing, is the variety of translations. With each viewed translation, I gain a deeper understanding of the Scripture. It helps me to “unpack” the Scripture, so to speak.

Worship and obey the LORD your God
with fear and trembling, and promise
that you will be loyal to him (CEV).”

In the MKJV translation (presented to us by E-Sword, another great resource!), this is what the last part of the Scripture looks like –

… shall swear by His name.”

Looking Forward to This!

I look forward to being able to just spend this week unpacking this verse piece-by-piece. I need to be able to be drawn closer to the Lord, as I wrestle to comprehend it on a more intimate level – so I may live it out.

As I think on this Scripture, I know understanding the meaning of the Scripture is too important to neglect. If I want to commit this Scripture to memory, I need to understand its meaning. This is why I am choosing to utilize the resources that God has given me. The Strong’s Concordance and commentaries are two of those resources.

So, let’s get started.

Digging Deeper

Bible-Study-Tools has what is called an “Interlinear Bible”. Basically, that means it translates the Scripture from the original language to English – right in front of you. You can see what that word actually meant in Greek or Hebrew.

For today’s Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:13), it has 6 highlighted words to assist with understanding. Those words include: Fear, God, Lord, Worship, Swear, Name.


To stand in awe of; honour.

Lord and God

(Yehovah and Elohiym)

The name for the One True God.


To be led and enticed to serve.


To take an oath (or vow).


Name, reputation, or fame.

Based on these translations

…, we can understand this Scripture to mean the following –

You should stand in awe of the Lord your God, and only Him. God is the One true God. It is Him we should be led by and have a passion to serve. When you make a promise or an oath, choose to offer it by no other name, but His name. It is for His glory, fame, and reputation. All we do, ought to be for Him!

There are three focuses in this Scripture –

  1. Stand in awe of the One True God.
  2. Be led to worship Him alone.
  3. Make a promise in His name, no other.

Adding Layers

Here are a few commentators’ thoughts on today’s Scripture.

 “Deeply respect God, your God. Serve and worship Him
exclusively. Back up your promises with his name only (MSG).”

“They must upon all occasions give honour to God Deut. 6:13): Fear him
and serve him (for, if he be a Master, we must both reverence him and
do his work); and swear by his name, that is, they must not upon any
occasion appeal to any other, as the discerner of truth and avenger of
wrong. Swear by him only, and not by an idol, or any other creature…
(Matthew Henry).”

“Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him,…. Serve him through
fear; not through slavish fear, a fear of hell and damnation; but through
filial fear, a reverential affection for that God that had brought them out
of a state of bondage into great and glorious liberty, out of Egypt into
Canaan’s land, out of a place of misery into a land of plenty; and therefore
should fear the Lord and his goodness, and from such a fear of him serve
him, in every part of worship…  (John Gill)”

“[B]y his name you shall swear.
The third commandment does not forbid taking an oath on
the name of God (cf. Judg. 8:19), but forbids a false oath.
Because swearing by the name of a god implied the
recognition and worship of that god, the Israelites were not
to swear by other gods (cf. Jer. 5:7; Zeph. 1:5)
(Reformation Study Bible).”

Lyric Video: “Fame” by Rush of Fools