Deuteronomy 32:18
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New International Version
You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.

New Living Translation
You neglected the Rock who had fathered you; you forgot the God who had given you birth.

English Standard Version
You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.

New American Standard Bible
"You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth.

King James Bible
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You ignored the Rock who gave you birth; you forgot the God who gave birth to you.

International Standard Version
You neglected the Rock that fathered you; you abandoned God, who was awaiting your birth.

NET Bible
You have forgotten the Rock who fathered you, and put out of mind the God who gave you birth.

New Heart English Bible
the Rock who fathered you, you are unmindful, and have forgotten God who gave you birth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(You ignored the rock who fathered you and forgot the God who gave you life.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Of the Rock that begot thee thou wast unmindful, And didst forget God that bore thee.

New American Standard 1977
“You neglected the Rock who begot you,
            And forgot the God who gave you birth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of the strong One that begat thee thou art unmindful and hast forgotten the God that travailed for thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Of the Rock that begat you you are unmindful, and have forgotten God that formed you.

American King James Version
Of the Rock that begat you you are unmindful, and have forgotten God that formed you.

American Standard Version
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, And hast forgotten God that gave thee birth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast forsaken the God that beget thee, and hast forgotten the Lord that created thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Of the Rock that begot thee wast thou unmindful, And thou hast forgotten God who brought thee forth.

English Revised Version
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, And hast forgotten God that gave thee birth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

World English Bible
Of the Rock who became your father, you are unmindful, and have forgotten God who gave you birth.

Young's Literal Translation
The Rock that begat thee thou forgettest, And neglectest God who formeth thee.
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
17"They sacrificed to demons who were not God, To gods whom they have not known, New gods who came lately, Whom your fathers did not dread. 18"You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth. 19"The LORD saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:4
"The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

1 Samuel 12:9
"But they forgot the LORD their God, so He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 106:21
They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,

Isaiah 17:10
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation And have not remembered the rock of your refuge. Therefore you plant delightful plants And set them with vine slips of a strange god.

Isaiah 27:11
When its limbs are dry, they are broken off; Women come and make a fire with them, For they are not a people of discernment, Therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them. And their Creator will not be gracious to them.

Hosea 8:14
For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; And Judah has multiplied fortified cities, But I will send a fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.
Treasury of Scripture

Of the Rock that begat you you are unmindful, and have forgotten God that formed you.

the Rock

Deuteronomy 32:4,15 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

Isaiah 17:10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not …

forgotten

Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest you forget the LORD, which brought you forth out …

Deuteronomy 8:11,14,19 Beware that you forget not the LORD your God, in not keeping his …

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 44:20-22 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands …

Psalm 106:21 They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt;

Isaiah 17:10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not …

Isaiah 22:10,11 And you have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have …

Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people …

Jeremiah 3:21 A voice was heard on the high places, weeping and supplications of …

Hosea 8:14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and builds temples; and Judah …

(18) Of the Rock that begat thee.--"The Rock hath begotten thee forgetful, and thou hast forgotten God that travailed with thee" is another possible translation of this verse. The expression in the second clause is found also in Psalm 90:2 (a prayer of Moses), "Before the mountains were brought forth, while Thou wast yet in travail with earth and world, and from eternity unto eternity Thou art God!" The word which I have rendered "forgetful" is usually taken as a verb. But the verb is not found elsewhere (i.e., it is invented for the sake of this passage), and the word may not impossibly be an adjective.

Verse 18. - Moses here returns to the thought of ver. 15, for the purpose of expressing it with greater force, and also of leading on to the description he is about to give of the Lord's acts towards the nation who had so revolted from him. Thou art unmindful; LXX., ἐγκατέλιπες: Vulgate, dereliquisti. The Hebrew word שָׁיָה occurs only here, and the meaning is doubtful. From the rendering of the versions, it would seem to be allied to the Arabic , saha, oblitus est. That formed thee; literally, that brought thee forth or caused thee to be born; "qui te eduxit ex utero materno" (Jarchi. Cf. for the use of the verb, Psalm 29:9). In the Samaritan Codex, מהלל, "who hath glorified or praised thee," is the reading, instead of מחלל; and this the Syriac also expresses. The other versions, however, support the Masoretic reading. Of the rock that begat thee thou art unmindful,.... The same with the rock of salvation, Deuteronomy 32:15; repeated and expressed in different words, that their wretched ingratitude might be taken notice of and observed: begetting is ascribed to this rock, as regeneration is to Christ, 1 John 2:29; and was true of some among the Jews: some choose to render the words, "the rock of thy kindred" (k); being a near kinsman, a brother through his incarnation, which aggravated their unmindfulness of him:

and hast forgotten God that formed thee: for the rock they were unmindful of and forgot is the true God and eternal life, the essential Word of God, as both the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem interpret it; him the Jewish nation forgot; they forgot the characters given of him in the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament; and therefore they knew him not when he came and fulfilled the voices of the prophets they were ignorant of in condemning him: hence they were unmindful of his person, his offices, his works, his benefits, and the great salvation by him; as indeed too many are that call themselves Christians: some observe that the word here used signifies bringing forth children with pain, and so way respect the bitter sorrows and sufferings of Christ, sometimes expressed by a word (l) which signifies the pains of women in childbirth, Acts 2:24; and called the travail of his soul, Isaiah 53:11; and so a further aggravation of their ingratitude, that they should forget him that suffered so much, at least on account of some of them; for, those he endured to bring forth children unto God, or to gather together the children of God, scattered abroad both in Judea and in the whole world, John 11:51.

(k) "rupem cognationis tuae", i.e. "fratrum tuorum", Van Till; see Rom. ix. 4, 5. (l) "parturientis te", Montanus; "parturitorem tuum", Van Till. 32:15-18 Here are two instances of the wickedness of Israel, each was apostacy from God. These people were called Jeshurun, an upright people, so some; a seeing people, so others: but they soon lost the reputation both of their knowledge and of their righteousness. They indulged their appetites, as if they had nothing to do but to make provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts of it. Those who make a god of themselves, and a god of their bellies, in pride and wantonness, and cannot bear to be told of it, thereby forsake God, and show they esteem him lightly. There is but one way of a sinner's acceptance and sanctification, however different modes of irreligion, or false religion, may show that favourable regard for other ways, which is often miscalled candid. How mad are idolaters, who forsake the Rock of salvation, to run themselves upon the rock of perdition!
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