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!

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!

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!

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!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

O that there were such a heart in them - Or rather, מי יתן והיה לבבם זה mi yitten vehayah lebabam zeh, Who will give such a heart to them, that they may fear, etc. They refuse to receive such a heart from me; who then can supply it? If they had not been such perfectly free agents as could either use or abuse their liberty, could God have made the complaint or expressed the earnest desire we find in this verse? He made the human will free; and in spite of all the influence of sin and Satan, he preserves its liberty. Had man no free will, he could neither be punished nor rewarded, because a mere machine, and consequently no more accountable for his actions than the fire for its consuming quality, or the stone for its gravity; the one having burned the house of the righteous, the other having crushed the innocent to death. See the note on Deuteronomy 29:4.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Deuteronomy 32:29,30 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!...

Psalm 81:13-15 Oh that my people had listened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!...

Isaiah 48:18 O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:

Jeremiah 44:4 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh...

Ezekiel 33:31,32 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent to you...

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 you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be you reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

keep all

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness at all times.

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, and keep it.

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 to the tree of life...

that it might

Deuteronomy 5:16 Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged...

Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you...

Deuteronomy 6:3,18 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily...

Deuteronomy 12:25,28 You shall not eat it; that it may go well with you, and with your children after you...

Deuteronomy 19:13 Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.

Deuteronomy 22:7 But you shall in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to you; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi her mother in law said to her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?

Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

Jeremiah 22:14,15 That said, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cuts him out windows; and it is paneled with cedar...

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 therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work...

Library
Prayer and Obedience
"An obedience discovered itself in Fletcher of Madeley, which I wish I could describe or imitate. It produced in him a ready mind to embrace every cross with alacrity and pleasure. He had a singular love for the lambs of the flock, and applied himself with the greatest diligence to their instruction, for which he had a peculiar gift. . . . All his intercourse with me was so mingled with prayer and praise, that every employment, and every meal was, as it were, perfumed therewith." -- JOHN WESLEY.
Edward M. Bounds—The Necessity of Prayer

"They have Corrupted Themselves; their Spot is not the Spot of his Children; they are a Perverse and Crooked Generation. "
Deut. xxxii. 5.--"They have corrupted themselves; their spot is not the spot of his children; they are a perverse and crooked generation." We doubt this people would take well with such a description of themselves as Moses gives. It might seem strange to us, that God should have chosen such a people out of all the nations of the earth, and they to be so rebellious and perverse, if our own experience did not teach us how free his choice is, and how long-suffering he is, and constant in his choice.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Deuteronomy
Owing to the comparatively loose nature of the connection between consecutive passages in the legislative section, it is difficult to present an adequate summary of the book of Deuteronomy. In the first section, i.-iv. 40, Moses, after reviewing the recent history of the people, and showing how it reveals Jehovah's love for Israel, earnestly urges upon them the duty of keeping His laws, reminding them of His spirituality and absoluteness. Then follows the appointment, iv. 41-43--here irrelevant (cf.
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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.

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