Deuteronomy 32:28
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New International Version
They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.

New Living Translation
"But Israel is a senseless nation; the people are foolish, without understanding.

English Standard Version
“For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.

New American Standard Bible
"For they are a nation lacking in counsel, And there is no understanding in them.

King James Bible
For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Israel is a nation lacking sense with no understanding at all.

International Standard Version
They are a nation devoid of purpose and without insight.

NET Bible
They are a nation devoid of wisdom, and there is no understanding among them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My people have lost their good sense. They are not able to understand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they are a Gentile void of counsel, neither is there any intelligence in them.

King James 2000 Bible
For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

American King James Version
For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

American Standard Version
For they are a nation void of counsel, And there is no understanding in them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are a nation without counsel, and without wisdom.

Darby Bible Translation
For they are a nation void of counsel, And understanding is not in them.

English Revised Version
For they are a nation void of counsel, And there is no understanding in them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

World English Bible
For they are a nation void of counsel. There is no understanding in them.

Young's Literal Translation
For a nation lost to counsels are they, And there is no understanding in them.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:26-38 The idolatry and rebellions of Israel deserved, and the justice of God seemed to demand, that they should be rooted out. But He spared Israel, and continues them still to be living witnesses of the truth of the Bible, and to silence unbelievers. They are preserved for wise and holy purposes and the prophecies give us some idea what those purposes are. The Lord will never disgrace the throne of his glory. It is great wisdom, and will help much to the return of sinners to God, seriously to consider their latter end, or the future state. It is here meant particularly of what God foretold by Moses, about this people in the latter days; but it may be applied generally. Oh that men would consider the happiness they will lose, and the misery they will certainly plunge into, if they go on in their trespasses! What will be in the end thereof? Jer 5:31. For the Lord will in due time bring down the enemies of the church, in displeasure against their wickedness. When sinners deem themselves most secure, they suddenly fall into destruction. And God's time to appear for the deliverance of his people, is when things are at the worst with them. But those who trust to any rock but God, will find it fail them when they most need it. The rejection of the Messiah by the Jewish nation, is the continuance of their ancient idolatry, apostacy, and rebellion. They shall be brought to humble themselves before the Lord, to repent of their sins, and to trust in their long-rejected Mediator for salvation. Then he will deliver them, and make their prosperity great.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they are a nation void of counsel,.... This is said not of the Jews, whose character is given, Deuteronomy 32:6; and instances of their ingratitude, folly, and want of counsel and understanding, have been already mentioned, and punishment for the same inflicted on them, according to this prophetic song; so that the prophecy respecting them is issued, and another people are taken notice of, even their enemies, of whom the Jewish writers in general interpret these words, and what follows; and was true of the Gentiles, both of the Pagan sort of them, who took too much to themselves, and ascribed the destruction of the Jews, and their conquest of them, to themselves, and their idols; and of false Christians among them, when the Roman empire became Christian, such as expressed themselves in the language of the latter part Deuteronomy 32:27, "our hand is high", &c. which plainly showed them to be a people devoid of the true knowledge of the Scriptures, they should have made the men of their counsel, and have consulted; and of the Gospel of Christ, which is the counsel of God, as the Arians, Pelagians, &c. must be, or they would never imbibe and advance tenets so diametrically opposite thereunto:

neither is there any understanding is them; of divine and spiritual things, of the Scriptures, and the doctrines of them; of the person of Christ, and his divine perfections, or they would never deny his deity; of the righteousness of God, of that which is required in the law, and revealed in the Gospel, or they would never set up a righteousness of their own for justification; and of themselves, their unrighteousness, impurity, and impotence to that which is good; or they would never so strongly assert the purity of human nature, and the power of man's freewill: God foreseeing all the folly, and want of counsel and understanding in the Gentile world, under different characters, preserved a remnant of the Jews as a standing admonition to them.



Deuteronomy 32:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Song of Moses
27Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy, That their adversaries would misjudge, That they would say, "Our hand is triumphant, And the LORD has not done all this."' 28"For they are a nation lacking in counsel, And there is no understanding in them. 29"Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:6
Is this the way you repay the LORD, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?

Isaiah 27:11
When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.
Treasury of Scripture

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