Deuteronomy 32:29
New International Version
If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!

New Living Translation
Oh, that they were wise and could understand this! Oh, that they might know their fate!

English Standard Version
If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern their latter end!

Berean Study Bible
If only they were wise, they would understand it; they would comprehend their fate.

King James Bible
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

New King James Version
Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

New American Standard Bible
“If only they were wise and they understood this; If only they would discern their future!

NASB 1995
“Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!

NASB 1977
“Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!

Amplified Bible
“O that they were wise, that they understood this, That they could discern their future and ultimate fate!

Christian Standard Bible
If only they were wise, they would comprehend this; they would understand their fate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only they were wise, they would figure it out; they would understand their fate.

American Standard Version
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If only they were wise and they understood this and considered their end!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They had not sense to understand: let them reserve these things against the time to come.

Contemporary English Version
If you did, you could see where you are headed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O that they would be wise and would understand, and would provide for their last end.

English Revised Version
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

Good News Translation
They fail to see why they were defeated; they cannot understand what happened.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only they were wise enough to understand this and realize what will happen to them!

International Standard Version
O, that they were wise to understand this and consider their future!

JPS Tanakh 1917
If they were wise, they would understand this, They would discern their latter end.

Literal Standard Version
If only they were wise, They would deal wisely [with] this, They would attend to their latter end!

NET Bible
I wish that they were wise and could understand this, and that they could comprehend what will happen to them."

New Heart English Bible
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.

World English Bible
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Young's Literal Translation
If they were wise -- They deal wisely with this; They attend to their latter end:

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Song of Moses
28Israel is a nation devoid of counsel, with no understanding among them. 29If only they were wise, they would understand it; they would comprehend their fate. 30How could one man pursue a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up?…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:29
If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commandments always, so that it might be well with them and with their children forever.

Deuteronomy 31:29
For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and turn from the path I have commanded you. And in the days to come, disaster will befall you because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger by the work of your hands."

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may present a heart of wisdom.

Isaiah 47:7
You said, 'I will be queen forever.' You did not take these things to heart or consider their outcome.

Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to My commandments, your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like waves of the sea.

Lamentations 1:9
Her uncleanness stains her skirts; she did not consider her end. Her downfall was astounding; there was no one to comfort her. Look, O LORD, on my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed!

Haggai 2:18
Consider carefully from this day forward--from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, the day the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid--consider carefully:


Treasury of Scripture

O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

O that

Deuteronomy 5:29
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!

Psalm 81:13
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

Psalm 107:15,43
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! …

they would

Isaiah 10:3
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

Isaiah 47:7
And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?









(29) Consider their latter end.--Have some discernment as to their hereafter, what their destiny was, and what they will miss, if they fail to fulfil it.

Verse 29. - Oh that they were wise, that they understood this; rather, If they were wise they would understand this. They would consider their latter end! i.e. the end to which they were going, the inevitable issue of the course they were taking.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If only
ל֥וּ (lū)
Preposition
Strong's 3863: If, would that!

they were wise,
חָכְמ֖וּ (ḥā·ḵə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2449: To be wise

they would understand
יַשְׂכִּ֣ילוּ (yaś·kî·lū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

it;
זֹ֑את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

they would comprehend
יָבִ֖ינוּ (yā·ḇî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

their fate.
לְאַחֲרִיתָֽם׃ (lə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯām)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 319: The last, end, the future, posterity


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