Deuteronomy 9:25
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New International Version
I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

New Living Translation
"That is why I threw myself down before the LORD for forty days and nights--for the LORD said he would destroy you.

English Standard Version
“So I lay prostrate before the LORD for these forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

New American Standard Bible
"So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and nights, which I did because the LORD had said He would destroy you.

King James Bible
Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I fell down in the presence of the LORD 40 days and 40 nights because the LORD had threatened to destroy you.

International Standard Version
I fell down in the LORD's presence for 40 days and nights, because the LORD said he was ready to destroy you.

NET Bible
I lay flat on the ground before the LORD for forty days and nights, for he had said he would destroy you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I threw myself down in front of the LORD for 40 days and 40 nights because the LORD said he would destroy you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first, because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

American King James Version
Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

American Standard Version
So I fell down before Jehovah the forty days and forty nights that I fell down, because Jehovah had said he would destroy you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I lay prostrate before the Lord forty days and nights, in which I humbly besought him, that he would not destroy you as he had threatened:

Darby Bible Translation
So I fell down before Jehovah the forty days and forty nights, as I fell down; for Jehovah had said he would destroy you.

English Revised Version
So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and forty nights that I fell down; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

World English Bible
So I fell down before Yahweh the forty days and forty nights that I fell down, because Yahweh had said he would destroy you.

Young's Literal Translation
'And I throw myself before Jehovah, the forty days and the forty nights, as I had thrown myself, for Jehovah hath said -- to destroy you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25-29. - Having enumerated these instances of the rebelliousness of the people, Moses reverts to the apostasy at Sinai, in order still more to impress on the minds of the people the conviction that not for any righteousness or merit of theirs, but solely of his own grace, was God fulfilling to them his covenant with their fathers. Verse 25. - Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; rather, the forty days and forty nights in which I fell down. The reference is to the intercession before Moses came down from the mount, described in Exodus 32:11-13. (For the form of the expression, cf. Deuteronomy 1:46.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first,.... Which Jarchi says are the selfsame said above, Deuteronomy 9:18, but doubled or repeated, because of the order of his prayer. The words "at the first" are not in the text; and, as before observed, we do not read that Moses fell down at the first forty days he was in the mount, unless it can be thought he did, Exodus 32:11, wherefore this falling down seems to be as he fell down at the second forty days; and so this was a third forty days, according to the Jewish writers, and of which opinion were Dr. Lightfoot and others; See Gill on Exodus 34:28,

because the Lord had said he would destroy you; threatened them with destruction, and seemed as if it was his intention to destroy them; nay, even after Moses's first prayer, though he bid him go and lead the people on, yet he declared that he would visit their sin upon them, Exodus 32:34.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first—After the enumeration of various acts of rebellion, he had mentioned the outbreak at Kadesh-barnea, which, on a superficial reading of this verse, would seem to have led Moses to a third and protracted season of humiliation. But on a comparison of this passage with Nu 14:5, the subject and language of this prayer show that only the second act of intercession (De 9:18) is now described in fuller detail.

Deuteronomy 9:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Golden Calf
24"You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day I knew you. 25"So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and nights, which I did because the LORD had said He would destroy you. 26"I prayed to the LORD and said, 'O Lord GOD, do not destroy Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 9:18
Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD's sight and so arousing his anger.

Psalm 106:23
So he said he would destroy them-- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Treasury of Scripture

Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

Deuteronomy 9:16,18 And I looked, and, behold, you had sinned against the LORD your God, …

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