Deuteronomy 32:29
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New International Version
If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!

New Living Translation
Oh, that they were wise and could understand this! Oh, that they might know their fate!

English Standard Version
If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern their latter end!

New American Standard Bible
"Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!

King James Bible
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only they were wise, they would figure it out; they would understand their fate.

International Standard Version
O, that they were wise to understand this and consider their future!

NET Bible
I wish that they were wise and could understand this, and that they could comprehend what will happen to them."

New Heart English Bible
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only they were wise enough to understand this and realize what will happen to them!

JPS Tanakh 1917
If they were wise, they would understand this, They would discern their latter end.

New American Standard 1977
“Would that they were wise, that they understood this,
            That they would discern their future!

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that they were wise, if they were prudent, they would understand their latter end!

King James 2000 Bible
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

American King James Version
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

American Standard Version
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

Douay-Rheims Bible
O that they would be wise and would understand, and would provide for their last end.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that they had been wise! they would have understood this, They would have considered their latter end!

English Revised Version
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

Webster's Bible Translation
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

World English Bible
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Young's Literal Translation
If they were wise -- They deal wisely with this; They attend to their latter end:
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
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! 30"How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had given them up?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:29
'Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!

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."

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

Isaiah 47:7
"Yet you said, 'I will be a queen forever.' These things you did not consider Nor remember the outcome of them.

Isaiah 48:18
"If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Lamentations 1:9
Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter. "See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!"

Haggai 2:18
Do consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month; from the day when the temple of the LORD was founded, consider:
Treasury of Scripture

O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

O that

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Psalm 81:13 Oh that my people had listened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

Psalm 107:15,43 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful …

Isaiah 48:18,19 O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been …

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

Luke 19:41,42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

they would

Isaiah 10:3 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation …

Isaiah 47:7 And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: so that you did not lay …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets …

Lamentations 1:9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last end; …

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

(29) Consider their latter end.--Have some discernment as to their hereafter, what their destiny was, and what they will miss, if they fail to fulfil it.

Verse 29. - Oh that they were wise, that they understood this; rather, If they were wise they would understand this. They would consider their latter end! i.e. the end to which they were going, the inevitable issue of the course they were taking. O that they were wise,.... These are not the words of God, and so no instances of mere velleities, and unsuccessful wishes in him, and as arguing a power in man to make himself wise if he would; but of Moses, under a spirit of prophecy, foreseeing the ignorance and stupidity of the above persons; or as representing a true believer in Christ, in the times in which such men should live; for the person speaking is one that had faith in Christ, the rock of salvation, and built upon him alone for it; and who had enemies on that account, as appears from Deuteronomy 32:31, and these words are spoken not of the Jews, with whom this song has no more concern, unless it be in what respects, their conversion in the latter day; but of false Christians, Pelagians, Arians, &c. whose language and character are expressed in Deuteronomy 32:28, and contain a pathetic wish that they might have wisdom to see their follies, errors, and mistakes, and renounce them: or, "if they were wise" (k); as they are not, and their tenets show it:

that they would understand this; namely what follows:

that they would consider their latter end; either the latter end of the Jews; had they wisdom, they would understand and observe that the displeasure of God against them, and his destruction of them, was for their lightly esteeming the rock of salvation, as Arians do; and for setting up their own righteousness, in opposition to the righteousness of Christ, as do Pelagians and Arminians; and were they wise, they would be hereby cautioned against such notions; and though imbibed by them, would relinquish them; as they may justly fear some such like end will be theirs: for if God does not give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth their end must be miserable; since the errors they embrace and profess are what the apostle calls "damnable heresies"; who, denying the Lord that bought them, bring on themselves swift destruction; and whose judgment, he says, lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not, 2 Peter 2:1.

(k) "o si sapcrent", Tigurine version; "si sapuissent", Vatablus; "si saperent", Cocceius. 29. Oh, … that they would consider their latter end—The terrible judgments, which, in the event of their continued and incorrigible disobedience, would impart so awful a character to the close of their national history.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.
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