Deuteronomy 32:20
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New International Version
"I will hide my face from them," he said, "and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.

New Living Translation
He said, 'I will abandon them; then see what becomes of them. For they are a twisted generation, children without integrity.

English Standard Version
And he said, ‘I will hide my face from them; I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.

New American Standard Bible
"Then He said, 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness.

King James Bible
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said: "I will hide My face from them; I will see what will become of them, for they are a perverse generation-- unfaithful children.

International Standard Version
So he said: "Let me hide my face from them. I will observe what their end will be, because they are a perverted generation, children within whom there is no loyalty.

NET Bible
He said, "I will reject them, I will see what will happen to them; for they are a perverse generation, children who show no loyalty.

New Heart English Bible
He said, "I will hide my face from them. I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said, "I will turn away from them and find out what will happen to them. They are devious people, children who can't be trusted.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He said: 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a very froward generation, Children in whom is no faithfulness.

New American Standard 1977
“Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them,
            I will see what their end shall be;
            For they are a perverse generation,
            Sons in whom is no faithfulness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, I will hide my face from them; I will see what their end shall be: that they are a generation of perversities, sons without faith.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very perverse generation, children in whom is no faith.

American King James Version
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very fraudulent generation, children in whom is no faith.

American Standard Version
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: For they are a very perverse generation, Children in whom is no faithfulness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: I will hide my face from them, and will consider what their last end shall be: for it is a perverse generation, and unfaithful children.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Children in whom is no faithfulness.

English Revised Version
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: For they are a very froward generation, Children in whom is no faith.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end will be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

World English Bible
He said, "I will hide my face from them. I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith: I hide My face from them, I see what is their latter end; For a froward generation are they, Sons in whom is no stedfastness.
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
19"The LORD saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters. 20"Then He said, 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness. 21They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 9:23
"When the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, 'Go up and possess the land which I have given you,' then you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; you neither believed Him nor listened to His voice.

Deuteronomy 31:29
"For I know that after my death you will act corruptly and turn from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, for you will do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands."

Deuteronomy 32:5
"They have acted corruptly toward Him, They are not His children, because of their defect; But are a perverse and crooked generation.

Joshua 23:10
"One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very fraudulent generation, children in whom is no faith.

I will hide

Deuteronomy 31:17,18 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will …

Job 13:24 Why hide you your face, and hold me for your enemy?

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides …

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calls on your name, that stirs up himself …

Jeremiah 18:17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will …

Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that …

a very

Deuteronomy 32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his …

Isaiah 65:2-5 I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which …

Matthew 11:16,17 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like to children …

Luke 7:31,32 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? …

children

2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness …

Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's …

Isaiah 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will …

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, …

Mark 9:19 He answers him, and said, O faithless generation, how long shall …

Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the …

2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for …

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes …

(20) A very froward generation.--Literally, a generation of perversities.

Children in whom is no faith.--Literally, children !--there is no relying on them. (Comp. Deuteronomy 5:5.) Faith is not used in the sense of "belief" or "confidence," but as in the expression to "keep faith," or to "break faith," children who will keep no faith with one.

Verse 20. - God himself comes forth to announce his resolution to withdraw his favor from them, and to inflict chastisement upon them; he would withdraw his protecting care of them, and see how they would fare without that; and he would also send on them the tokens of his displeasure. A very froward generation, etc.; literally, a generation of perversities, an utterly perverse and faithless race. And he said, I will hide my face from them,.... Now the Lord proceeds to pass sentence on the Jews for their ill treatment of his Son, and of his followers; which respects judgments that should come upon them, both spiritual and temporal, or corporeal; the former lies in Deuteronomy 32:20, and the latter in Deuteronomy 32:22; and this the Lord said in his own heart and mind, decreed and determined it within himself, and declared it in his word by his prophets, as here and in other places: and this first part of the sentence denotes the withdrawing of the gracious presence of God, and the manifestation of his favour, from the people of the Jews, his dislike and contempt of them, having taken out from among them the remnant according to the election of grace, the disciples and followers of Christ; and the removal of the Gospel, and the ordinances of it, from them, the means of light and knowledge, joy and comfort, and the giving of them up to blindness and hardness of heart, which continues to this day; they have a vail of darkness and ignorance upon their hearts while reading the books of the Old Testament, which will be done away when they turn to the Lord, and not before; likewise this was fulfilled when all the symbols of the divine Presence were removed, when the temple was destroyed, and all things in it, or carried away; and this house, which was formerly the house of God, and where he dwelt, was left desolate by him; and it is remarkable, that a little before the destruction of Jerusalem, a voice was heard in the temple, "let us go hence", as Josephus relates (z):

I will see what their end shall be: their destruction, called in the New Testament "the end of the world"; the end of the Jewish church state and commonwealth: this the Lord said, not as ignorant what it should be, or when it would be; but the sense is, either that he would cause them and others to see it, when he should bring wrath upon them to the uttermost; or that he would look upon it with pleasure and delight, which would be an aggravation of their punishment, Proverbs 1:26,

for they are a very froward generation; men of perverse spirits, of a contrary and contradictory temper and disposition, who pleased not God, and were contrary to all men; as well as contradicted and blasphemed the Gospel of Christ, were men of distorted principles in religion, implicated and inconsistent, they wresting the Scriptures to their own destruction; and were obstinate, stubborn, and inflexible in their notions and practices, and that to the last, which was their ruin:

children in whom is no faith; for though they had faith in one God, in the Scriptures of the Old Testament as the word of God, in the law of Moses, and in a future state, the resurrection of the dead, and judgment to come; especially the Pharisees, the greater part of the Jews; yet though they were the children of Abraham, and would be thought to be the children of God, they had no faith in Jesus, the true Messiah; him they disbelieved and rejected; and as their fathers could not enter into the land of Canaan, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness, because of unbelief; so these were cast out of the land, and from the Lord, because of their unbelief in the rejection of the Messiah. Aben Ezra observes, that it may be interpreted there is no men of faithfulness, or no faithful men among them, as in Psalm 12:1; they were a faithless generation, covenant breakers, broke their covenant with God, and therefore he rejected them.

(z) De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 5. sect. 3.32:19-25 The revolt of Israel was described in the foregoing verses, and here follow the resolves of Divine justice as to them. We deceive ourselves, if we think that God will be mocked by a faithless people. Sin makes us hateful in the sight of the holy God. See what mischief sin does, and reckon those to be fools that mock at it.
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