Deuteronomy 32:40
New International Version
I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,

New Living Translation
Now I raise my hand to heaven and declare, "As surely as I live,

English Standard Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever,

Berean Study Bible
For I lift up My hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever,

New American Standard Bible
'Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever,

King James Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

Christian Standard Bible
I raise my hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever,

Contemporary English Version
"I make this solemn promise: Just as I live forever,

Good News Translation
As surely as I am the living God, I raise my hand and I vow

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I raise My hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever,

International Standard Version
"I solemnly swear to heaven— I say 'As certainly as I'm alive and living forever,

NET Bible
For I raise up my hand to heaven, and say, 'As surely as I live forever,

New Heart English Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, 'As I live forever,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I raise my hand toward heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I lift up My hand to heaven, And say: As I live for ever,

New American Standard 1977
‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever,

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I shall lift up my hand to the heavens and shall say, I live for ever,

King James 2000 Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, As I live forever.

American King James Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

American Standard Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live for ever,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I will lift up my hand to heaven, and swear by my right hand, and I will say, I live for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will lift up my hand to heaven, and I will say: I live for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
For I lift up my hand to the heavens, and say, I live for ever!

English Revised Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live for ever,

Webster's Bible Translation
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

World English Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live forever,

Young's Literal Translation
For I lift up unto the heavens My hand, And have said, I live -- to the age!
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
39See now that I am He; there is no God besides Me. I bring death and I give life; I wound and I heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand. 40For I lift up My hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever, 41when I sharpen My flashing sword, and My hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on My adversaries and repay those who hate Me.…
Cross References
Revelation 4:9
And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne who lives forever and ever,

Revelation 4:10
the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

Revelation 10:5
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven.

Genesis 21:33
And Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

Numbers 14:21
"Yet as surely as I live and as surely as the whole earth is filled with the glory of the LORD,

Psalm 144:8
whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:11
Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Jeremiah 44:26
Nevertheless, hear the word of the LORD, all you Jews living in Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by My great name, says the LORD, that My name will never again be invoked by anyone of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "As surely as the Lord GOD lives."

Ezekiel 20:5
and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'On the day I chose Israel, I swore an oath to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt. With an uplifted hand I said to them, "I am the LORD your God."

Ezekiel 20:6
On that day I swore to them to bring them out of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the glory of all lands.

Ezekiel 21:4
Because I will cut off both the righteous and the wicked, My sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.

Ezekiel 21:5
Then all flesh will know that I, the LORD, have taken My sword from its sheath, not to return it again.'

Treasury of Scripture

For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

Genesis 14:22
And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

Exodus 6:8
And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

Numbers 14:28-30
Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: …







Lexicon
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I lift up
אֶשָּׂ֥א (’eś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

My hand
יָדִ֑י (yā·ḏî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

heaven
שָׁמַ֖יִם (šā·ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

and declare:
וְאָמַ֕רְתִּי (wə·’ā·mar·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

As surely as I
אָנֹכִ֖י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

live
חַ֥י (ḥay)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

forever,
לְעֹלָֽם׃ (lə·‘ō·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always
(40, 41) For I lift up my hand.--This is the form in taking an oath. (Comp. Revelation 10:5.) The two verses may be connected thus: "For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, As I live for ever, if I whet my lightning sword, and my hand take hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and repay them that hate me."

Verses 40, 41. - These verses should be read continuously: For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, As I live forever, if I whet my glittering sword, and if my hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, etc. Lifting up the hand to heaven was a gesture intended to express that the person taking an oath appealed to God as a witness of his oath, and who would perish for falsehood (cf. Genesis 14:22); and "as the Lord liveth" was a common formula in taking an oath (cf. Numbers 14:21; 1 Samuel 14:39, 45; Jeremiah 5:2). As God could swear by none greater, he swore by himself (cf. Exodus 6:8; Numbers 14:30; Isaiah 45:23; Jeremiah 22:5; Hebrews 6:17), that if he did come forth to avenge himself of his enemies, he would not spare, but would do thoroughly what he had come forth to do. - Glittering sword; literally, lightning of sword (cf. Ezekiel 21:10 [15]). 32:39-43 This conclusion of the song speaks, 1. Glory to God. No escape can be made from his power. 2. It speaks terror to his enemies. Terror indeed to those who hate him. The wrath of God is here revealed from heaven against them. 3. It speaks comfort to his own people. The song concludes with words of joy. Whatever judgments are brought upon sinners, it shall go well with the people of God.
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