I denounce to you this day, that you shall surely perish, and that you shall not prolong your days on the land, where you pass over Jordan to go to possess it.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Deuteronomy 6:6; Deuteronomy 11:18-20.
15-20. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil—the alternative of a good and happy, or a disobedient and miserable life. Love of God and compliance with His will are the only ways of securing the blessings and avoiding the evils described. The choice was left to them, and in urging upon them the inducements to a wise choice, Moses warmed as he proceeded into a tone of solemn and impressive earnestness similar to that of Paul to the elders of Ephesus (Ac 20:26, 27).Deuteronomy 4:26,
and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it; but be cut short by death, of one kind or another, by sword, or famine, or pestilence, or be carried into captivity; one or other of which were frequently their case.I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)18. denounce] An archaism for announce. The Heb. simply means declare, Deuteronomy 17:9; Deuteronomy 17:11, R.V. shew and tell of a judgement, i.e. make it public; Deuteronomy 26:3 R.V. profess.
unto you] Change to the Pl. address confirmed by Sam. LXX; it is striking that the following phrase, surely perish, also occurs in Deuteronomy 8:19, which is likewise an interruption of the Sg. by the Pl. address, and is found in Deut. only with the Pl. See on Deuteronomy 8:19.
ye shall not prolong, etc.] Elsewhere both with Sg. and Pl.; see on Deuteronomy 4:26.
thou passest over Jordan] Sam. LXX, ye; perhaps rightly, but see on Deuteronomy 6:1.Deuteronomy 30:11-14, viz., that He might turn the blessing to them. God had done everything to render the observance of His commandments possible to Israel. "This commandment" (used as in Deuteronomy 6:1 to denote the whole law) is "not too wonderful for thee," i.e., is not too hard to grasp, or unintelligible (vid., Deuteronomy 17:8), nor is it too far off: it is neither in heaven, i.e., at an inaccessible height; nor beyond the sea, i.e., at an unattainable distance, at the end of the world, so that any one could say, Who is able to fetch it thence? but it is very near thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart to do it. It not only lay before the people in writing, but it was also preached to them by word of mouth, and thus brought to their knowledge, so that it had become a subject of conversation as well as of reflection and careful examination. But however near the law had thus been brought to man, sin had so estranged the human heart from the word of God, that doing and keeping the law had become invariably difficult, and in fact impossible; so that the declaration, "the word is in thy heart," only attains its full realization through the preaching of the gospel of the grace of God, and the righteousness that is by faith; and to this the Apostle Paul applies the passage in Romans 10:8.
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