Deuteronomy 4:7
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New International Version
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

New Living Translation
For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?

English Standard Version
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?

New American Standard Bible
"For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

King James Bible
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what great nation is there that has a god near to it as the LORD our God is to us whenever we call to Him?

International Standard Version
For what great nation has a god so near like the LORD our God whenever we call on him?

NET Bible
In fact, what other great nation has a god so near to them like the LORD our God whenever we call on him?

New Heart English Bible
For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them, as the LORD our God is whenever we call on him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What great nation ever had their gods as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we pray to him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For what great nation is there, that hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is whensoever we call upon Him?

New American Standard 1977
“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what nation is there so great who has God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

King James 2000 Bible
For what nation is there so great, that has God so near unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

American King James Version
For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call on him for?

American Standard Version
For what great nation is there, that hath a god so nigh unto them, as Jehovah our God is whensoever we call upon him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither is there any other nation so great, that hath gods so nigh them, as our God is present to all our petitions.

Darby Bible Translation
For what great nation is there that hath God near to them as Jehovah our God is in everything we call upon him for?

English Revised Version
For what great nation is there, that hath a god so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is whensoever we call upon him?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what nation is there so great, which hath God so nigh to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

World English Bible
For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them, as Yahweh our God is whenever we call on him?

Young's Literal Translation
For which is the great nation that hath God near unto it, as Jehovah our God, in all we have called unto him?
Study Bible
An Exhortation to Obedience
6"So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' 7"For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him? 8"Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?…
Cross References
Acts 17:27
God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Deuteronomy 4:32
"Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it?

Deuteronomy 26:19
and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the LORD your God, as He has spoken."

2 Samuel 7:23
"And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods?

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 46:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Psalm 85:9
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.

Psalm 145:18
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Psalm 147:20
He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!
Treasury of Scripture

For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call on him for?

what nation

Numbers 23:9,21 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold …

2 Samuel 7:23 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, …

Isaiah 43:4 Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honorable, and …

who hath

Deuteronomy 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living …

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in …

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.

Psalm 148:14 He also exalts the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; …

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Ephesians 2:12-22 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

Verses 7, 8. - Translate, For what great nation is there that hath gods that draft near to it, as Jehovah our God whenever we call upon him? And what great nation is there that hath righteous statutes and ordinances like this whole Law which I am giving before you this day? (comp. Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalm 34:17-20; Psalm 145:18; 1 Samuel 14:36; 1 Kings 18:26-29, 37; James 4:8). "True right has its roots in God; and with the obscuration of the knowledge of God, law and right, with their divinely established foundations, are also shaken and obscured (cf. Romans 1:26-32)" (Keil). Not so much for their number, for they were the fewest of all people; nor for the largeness of their territories, for the land they were going to possess was but a small country; nor for their wealth and riches, and warlike exploits, though they were not contemptible in either; but for their happy constitution in church and state, being directed and governed in both by laws which came immediately from God himself; for their knowledge of divine things, and for spiritual blessings and privileges they were favoured with, of which a special instance is given:

who hath God so nigh unto them as the Lord our God is, in all things that we call upon him for? God was nigh unto them in respect of relation, being their covenant God and Father, and they his sons and daughters, to whom the adoption belonged; and with respect to place and presence, his tabernacle being in the midst of them, the seat of his Shechinah, or divine Majesty, being in the most holy place, between the cherubim over the mercy seat; and he going before them in the pillar of cloud by day, and in the pillar of fire by night, and who might be applied unto at all times for whatsoever they stood in need of; and who was always near unto them, to give them advice and counsel, help and assistance; to hear their prayers, and communicate unto them things temporal and spiritual they stood in need of: and so the Lord is nigh to all that call upon him in faith, with fervency, and in sincerity and truth; and herein the glory and greatness of a people, as of Israel, lies, in being nearly related to God, a people near unto him, both as to union and communion; and in having a communication of good things from him. God is both a God at hand and afar off, Jeremiah 23:23. 7-9. what nation is there so great—Here he represents their privileges and their duty in such significant and comprehensive terms, as were peculiarly calculated to arrest their attention and engage their interest. The former, their national advantages, are described (De 4:7, 8), and they were twofold: 1. God's readiness to hear and aid them at all times; and 2. the excellence of that religion in which they were instructed, set forth in the "statutes and judgments so righteous" which the law of Moses contained. Their duty corresponding to these pre-eminent advantages as a people, was also twofold: 1. their own faithful obedience to that law; and 2. their obligation to imbue the minds of the young and rising generation with similar sentiments of reverence and respect for it.4:1-23 The power and love of God to Israel are here made the ground and reason of a number of cautions and serious warnings; and although there is much reference to their national covenant, yet all may be applied to those who live under the gospel. What are laws made for but to be observed and obeyed? Our obedience as individuals cannot merit salvation; but it is the only evidence that we are partakers of the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Considering how many temptations we are compassed with, and what corrupt desires we have in our bosoms, we have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. Those cannot walk aright, who walk carelessly. Moses charges particularly to take heed of the sin of idolatry. He shows how weak the temptation would be to those who thought aright; for these pretended gods, the sun, moon, and stars, were only blessings which the Lord their God had imparted to all nations. It is absurd to worship them; shall we serve those that were made to serve us? Take heed lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God. We must take heed lest at any time we forget our religion. Care, caution, and watchfulness, are helps against a bad memory.
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