Deuteronomy 7:7
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New International Version
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

New Living Translation
"The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations!

English Standard Version
It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

New American Standard Bible
"The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

King James Bible
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

International Standard Version
"It wasn't because you were more numerous than other people of the earth that the LORD committed himself to you and chose you. In fact, you were the least numerous of all the peoples.

NET Bible
It is not because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the LORD favored and chose you--for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD set his heart on you and chose you, even though you didn't outnumber all the other people. You were the smallest of all nations.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people--for ye were the fewest of all peoples--

New American Standard 1977
“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not because ye were more than the other peoples has the LORD desired you and chosen you; for ye were the fewest of all the peoples;

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people:

American King James Version
The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people:

American Standard Version
Jehovah did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all peoples:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not because you surpass all nations in number, is the Lord joined unto you, and hath chosen you, for you are the fewest of any people:

Darby Bible Translation
Not because ye were more in number than all the peoples, hath Jehovah been attached to you and chosen you, for ye are the fewest of all the peoples;

English Revised Version
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all peoples:

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

World English Bible
Yahweh didn't set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples:

Young's Literal Translation
Not because of your being more numerous than any of the peoples hath Jehovah delighted in you, and fixeth on you, for ye are the least of all the peoples,
Study Bible
Casting out the Nations
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. 7"The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:10
'The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number.

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,

1 Chronicles 16:19
When they were only a few in number, Very few, and strangers in it,

Psalm 44:3
For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.

Psalm 105:12
When they were only a few men in number, Very few, and strangers in it.

Isaiah 63:9
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Ezekiel 36:22
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people:

The Lord

Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for your …

Romans 9:11-15,18,21 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is …

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and …

ye were

Deuteronomy 10:22 Your fathers went down into Egypt with three score and ten persons…

Isaiah 51:2 Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called …

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to …

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to …

Romans 9:27-29 Esaias also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children …

(7) The Lord did not . . . choose you, because ye were more.--The danger lest Israel's peculiar relation to the Most High should beget national pride is so obvious, that Moses takes special pains to counteract it by asserting God's sovereignty in the choice.

Ye were the fewest of all people.--It may be observed that the development of the Moabites, Ammonites, Ishmaelites, and Edomites (all, like Israel, descended from Terah), was far more rapid than that of the chosen line. Abraham had twelve grandsons through Ishmael, but only the same number of great grandsons through Isaac and Jacob. Edom, Moab, and Ammon all preceded Israel in the conquest of territory. Kings reigned in Edom "before there reigned any king over the children of Israel" (Genesis 36:31). It was only "when the time of the promise drew nigh" that "the (chosen) people grew and multiplied in Egypt." The Scripture is throughout consistent in representing their development as due to the special providence of God. (See also on Deuteronomy 10:22.)

Verse 7. - Set his love upon you. The Hebrew verb meaning primarily to cleave to, to be attached to, is used to express ardent and loving affection (cf. Genesis 34:8; Deuteronomy 10:15; Isaiah 38:17). The fewest of all people. It might have been supposed that, in choosing a people to be his special treasure, the Almighty would have selected some one of the great nations of the world; but, instead of that, he had chosen one of the smallest. They had, indeed, grown till now they were as the stars for multitude; but it was not in prospect of this that they were chosen. The election of Israel was purely of grace. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you,.... He had done both, and the one as the effect and evidence of the other; he loved them, and therefore he chose them; but neither of them:

because ye were more in number than any people; not for the quantity of them, nor even for the quality of them:

for ye were the fewest of all people; fewer than the Egyptians, from whence they came, and than the Canaanites they were going to drive out and inherit their land, Deuteronomy 7:1. Those whom God has loved with an everlasting love, and as a fruit of it has chosen them in Christ before the world began to grace and glory, holiness and happiness, are but a small number, a little flock; though many are called, few are chosen; nor are they better than others, being by nature children of wrath even as others, and as to their outward circumstances the poor of this world. 7:1-11 Here is a strict caution against all friendship and fellowship with idols and idolaters. Those who are in communion with God, must have no communication with the unfruitful works of darkness. Limiting the orders to destroy, to the nations here mentioned, plainly shows that after ages were not to draw this into a precedent. A proper understanding of the evil of sin, and of the mystery of a crucified Saviour, will enable us to perceive the justice of God in all his punishments, temporal and eternal. We must deal decidedly with our lusts that war against our souls; let us not show them any mercy, but mortify, and crucify, and utterly destroy them. Thousands in the world that now is, have been undone by ungodly marriages; for there is more likelihood that the good will be perverted, than that the bad will be converted. Those who, in choosing yoke-fellows, keep not within the bounds of a profession of religion, cannot promise themselves helps meet for them.
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