Deuteronomy 9:17
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New International Version
So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.

New Living Translation
So I took the stone tablets and threw them to the ground, smashing them before your eyes.

English Standard Version
So I took hold of the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes.

New American Standard Bible
"I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands and smashed them before your eyes.

King James Bible
And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands, shattering them before your eyes.

International Standard Version
So I grabbed the two tablets and then threw them out of my hands, breaking them before your eyes.

NET Bible
I grabbed the two tablets, threw them down, and shattered them before your very eyes.

New Heart English Bible
I took hold of the two tablets, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I took the two tablets, threw them down, and smashed them in front of you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I took hold of the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

New American Standard 1977
“And I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands, and smashed them before your eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I took the two tables and cast them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

American King James Version
And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

American Standard Version
And I took hold of the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I cast the tables out of my hands, and broke them in your sight.

Darby Bible Translation
And I seized the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

English Revised Version
And I took hold of the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

World English Bible
I took hold of the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
'And I lay hold on the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and break them before your eyes,
Study Bible
The Golden Calf
16"And I saw that you had indeed sinned against the LORD your God. You had made for yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the LORD had commanded you. 17"I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands and smashed them before your eyes. 18"I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger.…
Cross References
Exodus 32:19
It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses' anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.

Deuteronomy 9:16
"And I saw that you had indeed sinned against the LORD your God. You had made for yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the LORD had commanded you.

Deuteronomy 9:18
"I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger.
Treasury of Scripture

And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes.

cast them Moses might have done this through distress and anguish of spirit, on beholding their abominable idolatry and dissolute conduct; or probably he did it {emblematically}, and perhaps by the direction of God; intimating thereby, that as by this act of his the tables were broken in pieces, on which the Law of God was written, so they, by their present conduct, had made a {breach} in the covenant, and broken the laws of their Maker and Sovereign.

(17) I . . . brake them before your eyes.--This shows that the act was deliberate on Moses' part. He did not simply drop the tables in his passion before they reached the camp; he deliberately broke the material covenant in the face of the people, who had broken the covenant itself. When we remember the effect of hastily touching not the tables of the Law themselves, but the mere chest that contained them, in after-times, we may well believe that the breaking of these two tables was an act necessary for the safety of Israel. In Exodus 33:7, we read that Moses placed the temporary tabernacle outside the camp at the same time. The two actions seem to have had the same significance, and to have been done for the same reason.

Verse 17. - Moses cast from him the two tables of stone on which God had inscribed the words of the Law, and broke them in pieces in the view of the people, when he came down from the mount and saw how they had turned aside from the right way, and were become idolaters. This was not the effect of a burst of indignation on his part; it was a solemn declaration that the covenant of God with his people had been nullified and broken by their sinful apostasy. And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands,.... In wrath and indignation at the sin they were guilty of:

and brake them before your eyes; as an emblem of their breach of them by transgressing them. 17. I took the two tables, … and broke them before your eyes—not in the heat of intemperate passion, but in righteous indignation, from zeal to vindicate the unsullied honor of God, and by the suggestion of His Spirit to intimate that the covenant had been broken, and the people excluded from the divine favor.9:7-29 That the Israelites might have no pretence to think that God brought them to Canaan for their righteousness, Moses shows what a miracle of mercy it was, that they had not been destroyed in the wilderness. It is good for us often to remember against ourselves, with sorrow and shame, our former sins; that we may see how much we are indebted to free grace, and may humbly own that we never merited any thing but wrath and the curse at God's hand. For so strong is our propensity to pride, that it will creep in under one pretence or another. We are ready to fancy that our righteousness has got for us the special favour of the Lord, though in reality our wickedness is more plain than our weakness. But when the secret history of every man's life shall be brought forth at the day of judgment, all the world will be proved guilty before God. At present, One pleads for us before the mercy-seat, who not only fasted, but died upon the cross for our sins; through whom we may approach, though self-condemned sinners, and beseech for undeserved mercy and for eternal life, as the gift of God in Him. Let us refer all the victory, all the glory, and all the praise, to Him who alone bringeth salvation.
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