There is a curious passage in the Talmud [the body
of Jewish civil and religious law] which says that Moses gave six
hundred injunctions* to the Israelites. As these commands might prove
too numerous to commit to memory, David brought them down to eleven in
Psalm 15 (see below). Isaiah reduced these eleven to six in Isaiah 33:
15. Micah (6:8) further reduced them to three; and Isaiah (56:1) once
more brought them down to two. These two Amos (5:4) reduced to one.
However, lest it might be supposed from this that God could be found
only in the fulfillment of the law, Habakkuk (2:4 KJV) said, “The
just shall live by his faith.”
—(William H. Saulez, The Romance of the Hebrew Language).
Footnote to Habakkuk 2:4 From the Amplified Bible (AMP)
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*injunction - 1.
a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or
continuing to do a certain activity. 2. a formal command or
Lest it might be supposed from this that God could
only in the fulfillment of the law ...
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