Deuteronomy 5:29
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New International Version
Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

New Living Translation
Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands! If they did, they and their descendants would prosper forever.

English Standard Version
Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!

New American Standard Bible
'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!

King James Bible
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commands always, so that they and their children will prosper forever.

International Standard Version
If only they would commit to fear me and keep all my commands, then it will go well with them and their children forever.

NET Bible
If only it would really be their desire to fear me and obey all my commandments in the future, so that it may go well with them and their descendants forever.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only they would fear me and obey all my commandments as long as they live! Then things would go well for them and their children forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that there were such a heart in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always that it might be well with them and with their children for ever!

King James 2000 Bible
O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!

American King James Version
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

American Standard Version
Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who shall give them to have such a mind, to fear me, and to keep all my commandments at all times, that it may be well with them and with their children for ever?

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments continually, that it might be well with them and with their sons for ever!

English Revised Version
Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Webster's Bible Translation
O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

World English Bible
Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!

Young's Literal Translation
O that their heart had been thus to them, to fear Me, and to keep My commands all the days, that it may be well with them, and with their sons -- to the age!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:23-33 Moses refers to the consternation caused by the terror with which the law was given. God's appearances have always been terrible to man, ever since the fall; but Christ, having taken away sin, invites us to come boldly to the throne of grace. They were in a good mind, under the strong convictions of the word they heard. Many have their consciences startled by the law who have them not purified; fair promises are extorted from them, but no good principles are fixed and rooted in them. God commended what they said. He desires the welfare and salvation of poor sinners. He has given abundant proof that he does so; he gives us time and space to repent. He has sent his Son to redeem us, promised his Spirit to those who pray for him, and has declared that he has no pleasure in the ruin of sinners. It would be well with many, if there were always such a heart in them, as there seems to be sometimes; when they are under conviction of sin, or the rebukes of providence, or when they come to look death in the face. The only way to be happy, is to be holy. Say to the righteous, It shall be well with them. Let believers make it more and more their study and delight, to do as the Lord God hath commanded.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O that there were such an heart in them,.... Not that there is properly speaking such volitions and wishes in God; but, as Aben Ezra observes, the Scripture speaks after the language of the children of men; and may be considered as upbraiding them with want of such an heart, and with weakness to do what they had promised; and, at most, as approving of those things they spoke of as grateful to him, and profitable to them: the words may be rendered, "who will give (l) that they had such an heart"; not to me, but to them, as Aben Ezra notes; they cannot give it to themselves, nor can any creature give it to them; none but God can, and therefore they ought to have prayed to him to give them an heart to hearken and do; agreeably to which is the Arabic version,"it is to be wished by them, that such an heart would continue with them;''which they by their language signified was in them: that they would fear me; which is not naturally in the heart of man, is a gift of God, a part of the covenant of grace, is implanted in regeneration, and is no inconsiderable branch of it; it is opposed to pride, and is consistent with faith and joy, and is increased by views of the grace and goodness of God, and is a distinguishing character of a good man:

and keep all my commandments always; not only one, but all, and not only at some certain times, but continually; and which are to be kept in faith from a principle of love, with a view to the glory of God, and in the strength of Christ; and to this the fear of God is necessary, for where there is no fear of God, there is no regard to his commandments; but where there is a reverential fear of God, there are faith, hope, love, and every other grace; yea, the Spirit, the author of all, who is in the saints, to enable them to walk in the statutes of the Lord, and to keep his judgments and do them; and such keep the commandments of God, not from a slavish fear, but from a sense of divine goodness:

that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever; for the fear of God, and the keeping of his commandments, issue in the good of men, in their own good, their inward peace, and spiritual welfare; in the good of others, their neighbours, servants, and children, by way of example and instruction; and even in the public peace and prosperity of a nation in which they dwell: not that these things are meritorious of eternal life, but are what are approved of by the Lord, and are grateful to him; which is the chief view in the expression of the text.

(l) "quis det", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius; "quis dabit", Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. Oh, that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me—God can bestow such a heart, and has promised to give it, wherever it is asked (Jer 32:40). But the wish which is here expressed on the part of God for the piety and steadfast obedience of the Israelites did not relate to them as individuals, so much as a nation, whose religious character and progress would have a mighty influence on the world at large.

Deuteronomy 5:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Moses Intercedes for the People
28"The LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They have done well in all that they have spoken. 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! 30'Go, say to them, "Return to your tents."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:40
Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time.

Deuteronomy 5:16
"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 5:30
"Go, tell them to return to their tents.

Deuteronomy 5:33
Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 11:1
Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

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

Psalm 78:7
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Psalm 81:13
"If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,

Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

Jeremiah 42:6
Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God."
Treasury of Scripture

O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

The language of the original is emphatic: {Mee yittain wehayah levavom zeh lahem}, literally, `Who will give that there may be such a heart in them?' They refuse to receive such a heart from me, who then can supply it.

O that there

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Jeremiah 44:4 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Ezekiel 33:31,32 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Luke 19:42 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day…

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

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keep all

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, …

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness …

Psalm 119:1-5 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD…

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

that it might

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Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which …

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Deuteronomy 22:7 But you shall in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to you; …

Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi her mother in law said to her, My daughter, shall I not …

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Ephesians 6:3 That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues …

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