Deuteronomy 30:11
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New International Version
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.

New Living Translation
"This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.

English Standard Version
“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

New American Standard Bible
"For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.

King James Bible
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach.

International Standard Version
Indeed, these commands that I'm giving you today are neither confusing nor unattainable for you.

NET Bible
"This commandment I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it too remote.

New Heart English Bible
For this commandment which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This command I'm giving you today isn't too hard for you or beyond your reach.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.

New American Standard 1977
“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this commandment which I command thee today is not hidden unto thee, neither is it far off.

King James 2000 Bible
For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.

American King James Version
For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.

American Standard Version
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This commandment, that I command thee this day is not above thee, nor far off from thee:

Darby Bible Translation
For this commandment which I command thee this day is not too wonderful for thee, neither is it far off.

English Revised Version
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hid from thee, neither is it far off.

World English Bible
For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

Young's Literal Translation
For this command which I am commanding thee to-day, it is not too wonderful for thee, nor is it far off.
Study Bible
The Choice of Life or Death
10if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. 11"For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12"It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?'…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 30:10
if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.

Deuteronomy 30:12
"It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?'
Treasury of Scripture

For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.

it is not hidden Or as the word {niphlaith} implies, not too {wonderful} for thee to comprehend or perform; but easily to be acquainted with, and understood, because clearly revealed: neither is it afar off; it was proclaimed in you ears from mount Sinai, and is now proclaimed in the sanctuary: it is not in heaven, for it has been already revealed: neither is it beyond the sea that you need travel for instruction, as the ancient philosophers did, or seek instruction from men, at immense labour and expense; but the word is very nigh to thee; brought to thy very doors; in thy mouth, and in thy heart; made so familiar as to afford a topic of common discourse, that it might be laid up in the memory and reduced to practice.

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said …

Romans 16:25,26 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Colossians 1:26,27 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, …

Deuteronomy 30:11-14. THE LAW OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH is OF FAITH.

(11) For this commandment.--Heb., Mitzvah. This duty, this form of obedience to the law.

Is not hidden from thee--i.e., not too hard. Literally, too wonderful for thee. (Comp. Deuteronomy 17:8; Psalm 139:6.)

(12) It is not in heaven.--St. Paul cites the words thus: "The righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? that is, to bring Christ down from above" (Romans 10:6-7).

(13) Neither is it beyond the sea.--St. Paul continues, "Or (say not), Who shall descend into the deep? that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead." The alteration here is remarkable. The LXX. will not account for it. "Beyond the sea" generally suggests the idea of a land on the other side of the surface of the ocean. But a descent into the "abyss," which is what St. Paul indicates, means a passage through the sea to that which is beneath it, "beyond the sea "in a very different sense. No one but Jonah ever went beyond the sea in this way, as he says, "Out of the belly of hell cried I . . . Thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the heart of the seas . . . I went down to the bottoms of the mountains . . . The deep (abyss) closed me about." And this descent of Jonah is chosen as the "sign" of Christ's descent into hell.

(14) But the word is very nigh unto thee.--Here the difference between the Jewish and the Christian commentator is very striking. "The Law is given you in Scripture and in tradition" (written and orally), says Rashi on this place. But St. Paul continues thus: "But what saith it (the righteousness of faith)? The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thine heart, that is, the word of faith which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." It is worthy of notice that St. Paul in this place contrasts the righteousness of faith with the righteousness of the law, and describes both alike in the words of the Pentateuch. Concerning the righteousness of the law, he says, Moses describeth it, "The man which doeth those things shall live by them." The citation is from Leviticus 18:5. And there is a similar passage in Deuteronomy 6:25. What could more clearly prove that the covenant of Deuteronomy 28, 29 was meant to present the way of salvation from a different point of view to the Sinaitic covenant, and was "beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb." Not that we are to suppose there was ever a different way of salvation. The Decalogue itself begins (like the new covenant) with "I am the Lord thy God." But, unlike the new covenant, it makes no provision whereby Israel may keep the laws arising out of the relationship. The new covenant not only asserts the relationship, but provides the means whereby men may walk worthy of it. "I will put my laws in their mind, and write them in their heart." (See Note on Deuteronomy 29:13.)

It is only in the power of this principle that Moses, in the exhortation which he founds on this statement of the way of righteousness through faith, could say as he did in Deuteronomy 30:19, "therefore choose life."

Verses 11-14. - The fulfillment of this condition was not impossible or even difficult; for God had done everything to render it easy for them. The commandment of God was not hidden from them; literally, was not wonderful to them; i.e. hard to be understood or to perform (see the use of the Hebrew word in Psalm 131:1; Proverbs 30:18); nor was it far off; it was not in heaven - i.e. though heavenly in its source, it had not remained there, but had been revealed - so that there was no need for any one to say, Who will ascend to heaven, and bring it down to us, that we may hear it, and do it? The idea is not, as Keil suggests, that of "an inaccessible height" which none could scale; nor is it, as suggested by Knobel, that of something "incomprehensible, impracticable, and superhuman;" it is simply a statement of fact that the Law had not been retained in heaven, but had been revealed to men. Nor was this revelation made in some far distant place across the sea, so that any need say, Who will go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? On the contrary, it was very near to them, had been disclosed in words so that they could utter it with their own mouth, converse over it, and ponder it in their hearts (cf. Isaiah 45:19; Jeremiah 23:28; Romans 10:6). In the allusion to the sea, the representation is not that of depth (Targum Jon.), but that of distance. For this commandment which I command thee this day,.... Which the Jews understand of the law, but the Apostle Paul has taught us to interpret it of the word of faith, the Gospel preached by him and other ministers, Romans 10:6; which better suits with the context, and the prophecies before delivered concerning the conversion of the Jews, their reception of the Messiah, and his Gospel:

it is not hidden from thee; being clearly revealed, plainly and fully preached: if hidden from any, it is from them that are lost; from the wise and prudent, while it is revealed to babes, and given to them to know the mysteries of it: or too "wonderful" (q); hard, difficult, and impossible; its doctrines, are not beyond the understanding of an enlightened person; they are all plain to them that understand and find the knowledge of them; and the ordinances of it are not too hard and difficult to be kept; the commandments of Christ are not grievous:

neither is it far off; for though it is good, news from a far country, from heaven, it is come down from thence; it is brought nigh in the ministry of the word to the ears and hearts of men.

(q) "mirabile", Montanus, Cocceius. De 30:11-14. The Commandment Is Manifest.

11-14. For this commandment … is not hidden … neither is it far off—That law of loving and obeying God, which was the subject of Moses' discourse, was well known to the Israelites. They could not plead ignorance of its existence and requirements. It was not concealed as an impenetrable mystery in heaven, for it had been revealed; nor was it carefully withheld from the people as a dangerous discovery; for the youngest and humblest of them were instructed in those truths, which were subjects of earnest study and research among the wisest and greatest of other nations. They were not under a necessity of undertaking long journeys or distant voyages, as many ancient sages did in quest of knowledge. They enjoyed the peculiar privilege of a familiar acquaintance with it. It was with them a subject of common conversation, engraven on their memories, and frequently explained and inculcated on their hearts. The apostle Paul (Ro 10:6-8) has applied this passage to the Gospel, for the law of Christ is substantially the same as that of Moses, only exhibited more clearly in its spiritual nature and extensive application; and, accompanied with the advantages of Gospel grace, it is practicable and easy.30:11-14 The law is not too high for thee. It is not only known afar off; it is not confined to men of learning. It is written in thy books, made plain, so that he who runs may read it. It is in thy mouth, in the tongue commonly used by thee, in which thou mayest hear it read, and talk of it among thy children. It is delivered so that it is level to the understanding of the meanest. This is especially true of the gospel of Christ, to which the apostle applies it. But the word is nigh us, and Christ in that word; so that if we believe with the heart, that the promises of the Messiah are fulfilled in our Lord Jesus, and confess them with our mouth, we then have Christ with us.
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