Deuteronomy 33:3
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New International Version
Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction,

New Living Translation
Indeed, he loves his people; all his holy ones are in his hands. They follow in his steps and accept his teaching.

English Standard Version
Yes, he loved his people, all his holy ones were in his hand; so they followed in your steps, receiving direction from you,

New American Standard Bible
"Indeed, He loves the people; All Your holy ones are in Your hand, And they followed in Your steps; Everyone receives of Your words.

King James Bible
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed He loves the people. All Your holy ones are in Your hand, and they assemble at Your feet. Each receives Your words.

International Standard Version
Indeed, lover of people, all of his holy ones are in your control. They gather at your feet to do as you have instructed.

NET Bible
Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, he loves the people. All his holy ones are in your hand. They sat down at your feet; each receives your words.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You certainly love your people. All your holy ones are in your hands. They bow at your feet to receive your instructions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, He loveth the peoples, All His holy ones--they are in Thy hand; And they sit down at Thy feet, Receiving of Thy words.

New American Standard 1977
“Indeed, He loves the people;
            All Thy holy ones are in Thy hand,
            And they followed in Thy steps;
            Everyone receives of Thy words.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yea, he loved the peoples; all his saints are in thy hand; they also united at thy feet; they received thy words.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; everyone shall receive of your words.

American King James Version
Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; every one shall receive of your words.

American Standard Version
Yea, he loveth the people; All his saints are in thy hand: And they sat down at thy feet; Every one'shall receive of thy words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath loved the people, all the saints are in his hand: and they that approach to his feet, shall receive of his doctrine.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, he loveth the peoples, All his saints are in thy hand, And they sit down at thy feet; Each receiveth of thy words.

English Revised Version
Yea, he loveth the peoples; All his saints are in thy hand: And they sat down at thy feet; Every one shall receive of thy words.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

World English Bible
Yes, he loves the people. All his saints are in your hand. They sat down at your feet; [Everyone] shall receive of your words.

Young's Literal Translation
Also He is loving the peoples; All His holy ones are in thy hand, And they -- they sat down at thy foot, Each He lifteth up at thy words.
Study Bible
The Majesty of God
2He said, "The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them. 3"Indeed, He loves the people; All Your holy ones are in Your hand, And they followed in Your steps; Everyone receives of Your words. 4"Moses charged us with a law, A possession for the assembly of Jacob.…
Cross References
Matthew 23:2
"The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.

Luke 10:39
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet, listening to His message.

Deuteronomy 4:37
"Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them. And He personally brought you from Egypt by His great power,

Deuteronomy 6:1
"Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it,

Deuteronomy 7:6
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 14:2
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Psalm 147:19
He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.

Ecclesiastes 9:1
For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.

Malachi 1:2
"I have loved you," says the LORD. But you say, "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet I have loved Jacob;
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; every one shall receive of your words.

he loved

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you …

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Psalm 47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom …

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

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you …

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Malachi 1:2 I have loved you, said the LORD. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved …

Romans 9:11-13 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

all his saints

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Psalm 31:15 My times are in your hand: deliver me from the hand of my enemies, …

Psalm 50:5 Gather my saints together to me; those that have made a covenant …

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

John 10:28,29 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

John 17:11-15 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and …

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

they sat

Luke 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the …

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found …

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, …

Acts 22:3 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …

shall receive

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

(3) Yea, he loved.--The connection appears to be this--

"From His right hand went a fire, a law for them (Israel).

Loving the peoples also;

(i.e., all who should hereafter become His people)

All His saints are in Thy hand:

(the hand of Him who spake on Sinai, and now "speaketh from heaven")

And they are seated at Thy feet;

(the feet of the same heavenly Prophet. Comp. Matthew 5:1-2)

Every one shall receive of Thy words."

Or, possibly, He, that prophet, will take of thy (i.e., of Moses') words, We know he did so.

Verse 3. - Yea, he loved the people. The proper rendering is, he loveth peoples (עַמִּים). This is generally understood of the tribes of Israel; but some would understand it of nations in general, on the ground that such is the proper meaning of the word, as in Deuteronomy 32:8 and other places. A reference to nations at large, however, would seem incongruous here; and the use of the word in relation to Israel in such passages as Genesis 28:3; Judges 5:14; Isaiah 3:13; Hoe. 10:14; Zechariah 11:10, justifies the taking it so here. All his saints are in thy hand. The people of Israel are here called God's saints, or holy ones, because they were chosen by and consecrated to him. It is not probable, as some suggest, that the angels are here intended. The change from the third person to the second is not uncommon in Hebrew poetry (cf. Deuteronomy 32:15; Psalm 49:14, etc.). They sat down at thy feet. The verb rendered "sat down" here (תֻּכּוּ) is found only in this passage, and is of uncertain meaning. Kimchi explains it as "they united or assembled together to follow thy steps;" Knobel makes it "they wandered at thy feet," and understands it of Israel's following the lead of Jehovah in the wilderness, when the ark of the covenant preceded them in their march; Gesenius and Furst, "they lie down at thy feet." This last is accepted by Keil, and seems to have most in its favor. Every one shall receive of thy words. Some render here, they rise up at thy words; but though the verb נָשַׂא is sometimes used intransitively, it is properly an active verb, and there seems no reason why it should not be so regarded here: every one receives [the singular, יִשַּׂא, used distributively] thy words. Yea, he loved the people,.... The people of Israel, of which his giving the law to them in such a glorious manner was an instance, and was a distinguishing blessing which other nations were not favoured with, see Deuteronomy 4:6; how much more is the love of God shown to his spiritual Israel and special people, by giving them his Gospel, the precious truths, promises, and ordinances of it, and, above all, in giving them his Son to be the Redeemer and Saviour of them, as revealed therein! these he embraces in his arms and in his bosom, as the word here signifies; admitting them to great nearness and familiarity with him, to commune with Father, Son, and Spirit, to a participation of all the blessings of grace here, and to the enjoyment of glory hereafter:

all his saints are in thy hand; not the sons of Levi, who were round about the ark, as Aben Ezra interprets it; rather all the people of Israel, who were chosen to be an holy people to the Lord above all people, and who were the care of his providence, protected by his power, and guided with his right hand; and were in a wonderful manner kept and preserved by him, both at the time of the giving of the law, and in their passage through the wilderness; it is eminently true of the chosen people of God, who are given to Christ, and made his care and charge, as all such who are sanctified and set apart by God the Father are, they are preserved in Christ, Jde 1:1; and these are sanctified in and by Christ, and by the Spirit of Christ, and so may be truly called his saints; and they are in the hands of Christ, as dear to him as his right hand, highly valued by him, held in his right hand; they are in his possession, are his peculiar people, portion, and inheritance, they are at his dispose, under his guidance and direction; and are in his custody and under his protection, and where they are safe from every enemy, and can never be snatched, taken, or removed from thence; see John 10:28; here they are put by the Father, as an instance of his love to them, and care of them, though not without the consent and desire of the Son, and this was done in eternity, when they were chosen in him:

and they sat down at thy feet; which may respect the position of the Israelites at the bottom of Mount Sinai, while the law was giving, which may be said to be the feet of the Lord, he being on the top of the mount, see Exodus 19:17; all the Targums interpret it of the feet of the cloud of glory, they pitching their tents where that rested, Numbers 9:17; some think it an allusion to scholars sitting at the feet of their masters to receive instructions from them, see Acts 22:3; so the disciples and followers of Christ sit at his feet, attending on his word and ordinances with calmness and serenity of mind, with much spiritual pleasure and delight, and where they continue and abide; and which may denote their modesty and humility, their subjection to his ordinances, and readiness to receive his doctrines, and their perseverance in them, see Mark 5:15; the word signifies, in the Arabic language, to sit down at a table (e), and so the word is used in the Arabic version of Matthew 8:11; and the ancient manner being reclining, the guests might be said to sit at the feet of each, especially at the feet of the master; so Christ sits at his table, and his people with him at his feet, Sol 1:12,

everyone shall receive of thy words; of the words of the law, as the Israelites, who heard them and promised obedience to them, Exodus 24:7; and would hear and receive them again, Joshua 8:34; and so Christ's disciples, everyone of them that hath heard and learned of the Father, and comes to him, and believes in him, receives the words or doctrines given him by the Father, John 17:8; so as to understand them, approve of them, love them, believe them, and act according to them; these they receive into their hearts as well as into their heads, with all readiness, gladness, and meekness; even everyone of the persons before described or loved by the Lord, are in the hands of Christ and sitting at his feet.

(e) Hence "a table", with the Talmudists. T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 42. 1. Pesach. fol. 110. 2. Kiddushin, fol. 81. 1.33:1-5 To all his precepts, warnings, and prophecies, Moses added a solemn blessing. He begins with a description of the glorious appearances of God, in giving the law. His law works like fire. If received, it is melting, warming, purifying, and burns up the dross of corruption; if rejected, it hardens, sears, pains, and destroys. The Holy Spirit came down in cloven tongues, as of fire; for the gospel also is a fiery law. The law of God written in the heart, is a certain proof of the love of God shed abroad there: we must reckon His law one of the gifts of his grace.
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