Deuteronomy 32:26
New International Version
I said I would scatter them and erase their name from human memory,

New Living Translation
I would have annihilated them, wiping out even the memory of them.

English Standard Version
I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces; I will wipe them from human memory,”

Berean Study Bible
I would have said I will cut them to pieces and blot out their memory from mankind,

New American Standard Bible
'I would have said, "I will cut them to pieces, I will remove the memory of them from men,"

King James Bible
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

Christian Standard Bible
"I would have said: I will cut them to pieces and blot out the memory of them from mankind,

Contemporary English Version
"I wanted to scatter you, so no one would remember that you had ever lived.

Good News Translation
I would have destroyed them completely, so that no one would remember them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would have said: I will cut them to pieces and blot out the memory of them from mankind,

International Standard Version
"I said, 'I will scatter them, erasing their memory from the human race,

NET Bible
"I said, 'I want to cut them in pieces. I want to make people forget they ever existed.

New Heart English Bible
I said, I want to cut them to pieces. I will remove the memory of them from men;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I said that I would cut them in pieces and erase everyone's memory of them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I thought I would make an end of them, I would make their memory cease from among men;

New American Standard 1977
‘I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces, I will remove the memory of them from men,”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I said I would shatter them in pieces: I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men,

King James 2000 Bible
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

American King James Version
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

American Standard Version
I said, I would scatter them afar, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I said, I will scatter them, and I will cause their memorial to cease from among men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I said: Where are they? I will make the memory of them to cease from among men.

Darby Bible Translation
I would say, I will scatter, I will make the remembrance of them to cease from among men,

English Revised Version
I said, I would scatter them afar, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

Webster's Bible Translation
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men;

World English Bible
I said, I would scatter them afar. I would make the memory of them to cease from among men;

Young's Literal Translation
I have said: I blow them away, I cause their remembrance to cease from man;
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
25Outside, the sword will take their children, and inside, terror will strike the young man and the young woman, the infant and the gray-haired man. 26I would have said I will cut them to pieces and blot out their memory from mankind, 27if I had not dreaded the taunt of the enemy, lest their adversaries misunderstand and say: ‘Our own hand has prevailed; it was not the LORD who did all this.’…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:27
Then the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the LORD will drive you.

Deuteronomy 9:14
Let Me alone, so that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. Then I will make you into a nation mightier and greater than they."

Deuteronomy 28:64
Then the LORD will scatter you among all the nations, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.

Isaiah 48:11
For My own sake, My very own sake, I will act; for how can I let Myself be defamed? I will not yield My glory to another.

Treasury of Scripture

I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

Deuteronomy 28:25,37,64
The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth…

Leviticus 26:33,38
And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste…

Isaiah 63:16
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.







Lexicon
I would have said
אָמַ֖רְתִּי (’ā·mar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

I will cut them to pieces
אַפְאֵיהֶ֑ם (’ap̄·’ê·hem)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6284: To cleave in pieces

and blot out
אַשְׁבִּ֥יתָה (’aš·bî·ṯāh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7673: To repose, desist from exertion

their memory
זִכְרָֽם׃ (ziḵ·rām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2143: A memento, recollection, commemoration

from mankind,
מֵאֱנ֖וֹשׁ (mê·’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind
(26, 27) The argument of these verses is such as no man would dare to put into the mouth of the Most High. Moses had pleaded it (in Numbers 14:13-16; Exodus 32:12), but none but Jehovah Himself would say for Himself, "I feared the wrath of the enemy."

Verses 26, 27. - Israel's desert was to be utterly destroyed, but God refrained from this for his own Name's sake. I said, I would scatter them into corners; rather, I should say, I trill blow them away, i.e. disperse them as by a mighty wind. The verb here is the Hiph, of פָאָה, to breathe, to blow, and is found only here. The rabbins make it a denominative from פֵאָה, a corner, and this the Authorized Version follows; others trace it to an Arabic root, פאא, amputavit, excidit, and render, "will cut them off." The idea intended to be conveyed is obviously that of entire destruction, and this is not satisfied by the representation of their being scared or driven into corners. Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy. Various renderings and interpretations of this passage have been given.

1. Were it not that I feared the provocation of the enemy, i.e. that I should be provoked to wrath by the enemy ascribing the destruction of Israel to their own prowess.

2. Were it not that I feared a wrath upon the enemy, with much the same meaning.

3. Were it not that I feared the fury of the enemy, i.e. against Israel - feared lest the enemy should be encouraged to rise up against Israel and ascribe their destruction to their own valor. Of these that most generally approved is the first. (On this reason for sparing Israel, see Deuteronomy 9:28; Exodus 32:12; Numbers 14:13, etc.; Isaiah 10:5, etc.; Ezekiel 20:13, 14.) Should behave themselves strangely; rather, should mistake or falsely pretend. The verb is the Piel of נָכַר, to look upon, to mark, and conveys the idea of looking on askance or prejudicially, hence being ignorant of, mistaking, feigning, or falsely pretending. Our hand is high; rather, was high, i.e. was mighty in power. Vers 28-33. - The cause of Israel's rejection was that they were a people utterly destitute of counsel and without understanding. Had they been wise, they would have looked to the end, and acted in a way conducive to their own welfare, instead of rushing upon ruin. 32:26-38 The idolatry and rebellions of Israel deserved, and the justice of God seemed to demand, that they should be rooted out. But He spared Israel, and continues them still to be living witnesses of the truth of the Bible, and to silence unbelievers. They are preserved for wise and holy purposes and the prophecies give us some idea what those purposes are. The Lord will never disgrace the throne of his glory. It is great wisdom, and will help much to the return of sinners to God, seriously to consider their latter end, or the future state. It is here meant particularly of what God foretold by Moses, about this people in the latter days; but it may be applied generally. Oh that men would consider the happiness they will lose, and the misery they will certainly plunge into, if they go on in their trespasses! What will be in the end thereof? Jer 5:31. For the Lord will in due time bring down the enemies of the church, in displeasure against their wickedness. When sinners deem themselves most secure, they suddenly fall into destruction. And God's time to appear for the deliverance of his people, is when things are at the worst with them. But those who trust to any rock but God, will find it fail them when they most need it. The rejection of the Messiah by the Jewish nation, is the continuance of their ancient idolatry, apostacy, and rebellion. They shall be brought to humble themselves before the Lord, to repent of their sins, and to trust in their long-rejected Mediator for salvation. Then he will deliver them, and make their prosperity great.
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