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 Main Index : Commentaries : Geneva Study Bible : Deuteronomy Index : Chapter 32

Deuteronomy, Chapter 32
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32:1 Give ear, O ye a heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

    (a) As witness of this people's ingratitude.
32:2 My b doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
    (b) He desires that he may speak to God's glory and that the people, as the green grass, may receive the dew of his doctrine.
32:4 [He is] the c Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.
    (c) Or mighty God; noting that only God is mighty, faithful and constant in his promise.
32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? [is] not he thy father [that] hath bought thee? hath he not d made thee, and established thee?
    (d) Not according to the common creation, but he has made you a new creature by his Spirit.
32:8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the e people according to the number of the children of Israel.
    (e) When God by his providence divided the world, he lent for a time that portion to the Canaanites, which would later be an inheritance for all his people Israel.
32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, f fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
    (f) To teach them to fly.

32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the g earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck h honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

    (g) Meaning, of the land of Canaan, which was high in respect to Egypt.
    (h) That is, abundance of all things even in the very rocks.
32:15 i But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered [with fatness]; then he forsook God [which] made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
    (i) He shows what is the principal end of our vocation.
32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with k strange [gods], with abominations provoked they him to anger.
    (k) By changing his service for their superstitions.
32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to l new [gods that] came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
    (l) Scripture calls new, whatever man invents, be the error ever so old.
32:19 And when the LORD saw [it], he abhorred [them], because of the provoking of his m sons, and of his daughters.
    (m) He calls them God's children, not to honour them, but to show them from what dignity they are fallen.
32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with [that which is] not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with [those which are] not a n people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
    (n) Which I have not favoured, nor given my law to them.
32:25 The sword o without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling [also] with the man of gray hairs.
    (o) They shall be slain both in the field and at home.
32:27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should p behave themselves strangely, [and] lest they should say, Our hand [is] high, and the LORD hath not done all this. p Rejoicing to see the godly afflicted, and attributing to themselves that which is wrought by God's hand. 32:29 O that they were wise, [that] they understood this, [that] they would q consider their latter end!
    (q) They would consider the happiness that was prepared for them, if they had obeyed God.
32:33 Their r wine [is] the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
    (r) The fruit of the wicked are as poison, detestable to God, and dangerous for man.

32:36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that [their] power is gone, and [there is] none s shut up, or left.

    (s) When neither strong nor weak in a manner remain.
32:40 For I t lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 32:43 Rejoice, O ye nations, [with] his people: for he will avenge the u blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, [and] to his people.
    (u) Where the blood of God's people is shed for their sins or trial of their faith, he promises to avenge it.
32:47 For it [is] not a x vain thing for you; because it [is] your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong [your] days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
    (x) For I will perform my promise to you, (Isa 55:10).
32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye y sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
    (y) You were not earnest and constant to maintain my honour.

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