Deuteronomy 4:24
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New International Version
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

New Living Translation
The LORD your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.

English Standard Version
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

New American Standard Bible
"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

King James Bible
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God."

International Standard Version
Indeed, the LORD your God is a consuming fire. He is a jealous God."

NET Bible
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire; he is a jealous God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD your God is a raging fire, a God who does not tolerate rivals.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

King James 2000 Bible
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

American King James Version
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

American Standard Version
For Jehovah thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah thy God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

English Revised Version
For the LORD thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

World English Bible
For Yahweh your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

Young's Literal Translation
for Jehovah thy God is a fire consuming -- a zealous God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:24-40 Moses urged the greatness, glory, and goodness of God. Did we consider what a God he is with whom we have to do, we should surely make conscience of our duty to him, and not dare to sin against him. Shall we forsake a merciful God, who will never forsake us, if we are faithful unto him? Whither can we go? Let us be held to our duty by the bonds of love, and prevailed with by the mercies of God to cleave to him. Moses urged God's authority over them, and their obligations to him. In keeping God's commandments they would act wisely for themselves. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. Those who enjoy the benefit of Divine light and laws, ought to support their character for wisdom and honour, that God may be glorified thereby. Those who call upon God, shall certainly find him within call, ready to give an answer of peace to every prayer of faith. All these statutes and judgments of the Divine law are just and righteous, above the statutes and judgments of any of the nations. What they saw at mount Sinai, gave an earnest of the day of judgment, in which the Lord Jesus shall be revealed in flaming fire. They must also remember what they heard at mount Sinai. God manifests himself in the works of the creation, without speech or language, yet their voice is heard, Ps 19:1,3; but to Israel he made himself known by speech and language, condescending to their weakness. The rise of this nation was quite different from the origin of all other nations. See the reasons of free grace; we are not beloved for our own sakes, but for Christ's sake. Moses urged the certain benefit and advantage of obedience. This argument he had begun with, ver. 1, That ye may live, and go in and possess the land; and this he concludes with, ver. 40, That it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee. He reminds them that their prosperity would depend upon their piety. Apostacy from God would undoubtedly be the ruin of their nation. He foresees their revolt from God to idols. Those, and those only, shall find God to their comfort, who seek him with all their heart. Afflictions engage and quicken us to seek God; and, by the grace of God working with them, many are thus brought back to their right mind. When these things are come upon thee, turn to the Lord thy God, for thou seest what comes of turning from him. Let all the arguments be laid together, and then say, if religion has not reason on its side. None cast off the government of their God, but those who first abandon the understanding of a man.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - A consuming fire. When God spoke to Israel at Sinai, his glory appeared "like devouring (consuming) fire on the top of the mount" (Exodus 24:17); and in allusion to this Moses here calls God "a consuming fire." He is so to all his enemies, and to all who disobey him; by severe inflictions he will punish, and, if they persist in their hostility and rebellion, will ultimately destroy them (comp. Deuteronomy 9:3; Isaiah 10:16-18; Amos 5:6; Zephaniah 1:18; Hebrews 12:29). A jealous God; LXX., Θεὸς ζηλωτής God has a burning zeal for his own glory; he guards it with jealous care; and he will not spare those who do him dishonor, especially those who are guilty of idolatry, whereby they "change the truth of God into a lie" (Romans 1:25; cf. Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 6:14, 15; Deuteronomy 32:16, etc.; Psalm 78:58, etc.; Nahum 1:2). He is jealous also over his people, because he loves them, and will not endure any rival in their affection and devotion.

CHAPTER 4:25-49

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire,.... To his enemies; his wrath is like fire to burn up and destroy all that oppose him and break his commands, and especially idolaters; whose sin of all others is the most provoking to him, since it strikes at his being, his honour and glory; wherefore it follows:

even a jealous God; who is jealous of his honour in matters of worship, and will not suffer his glory to be given to another, nor his praise to graven images, without resenting it or punishing for it.



Deuteronomy 4:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warning against Idolatry
23"So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you. 24"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. 25"When you become the father of children and children's children and have remained long in the land, and act corruptly, and make an idol in the form of anything, and do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD your God so as to provoke Him to anger,…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:29
for our "God is a consuming fire."

Exodus 15:7
"In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.

Exodus 20:5
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

Exodus 24:17
To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

Exodus 34:14
Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 5:9
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

Deuteronomy 6:15
for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.

Deuteronomy 9:3
But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.

2 Kings 24:20
It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Isaiah 30:27
See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire.

Isaiah 33:14
The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: "Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?"

Amos 5:6
Seek the LORD and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

they God

Deuteronomy 9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD your God is he which …

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, …

Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on …

Psalm 21:9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger: the …

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. …

Jeremiah 21:12-14 O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, …

Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness …

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

a jealous God

Deuteronomy 6:15 (For the LORD your God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger …

Deuteronomy 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

Deuteronomy 32:16,21 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations …

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the …

Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, …

Psalm 78:58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved …

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, …

Nahum 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revenges; the LORD revenges, and is …

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait you on me, said the LORD, until the day that I rise …

1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

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