Deuteronomy 32:5
New International Version
They are corrupt and not his children; to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.

New Living Translation
"But they have acted corruptly toward him; when they act so perversely, are they really his children? They are a deceitful and twisted generation.

English Standard Version
They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation.

Berean Study Bible
His people have acted corruptly toward Him; their spot is not that of His children, but of a perverse and crooked generation.

New American Standard Bible
"They have acted corruptly toward Him, They are not His children, because of their defect; But are a perverse and crooked generation.

King James Bible
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Christian Standard Bible
His people have acted corruptly toward him; this is their defect--they are not his children but a devious and crooked generation.

Contemporary English Version
But you lie and cheat and are unfaithful to him. You have disgraced yourselves and are no longer worthy to be his children.

Good News Translation
But you are unfaithful, unworthy to be his people, a sinful and deceitful nation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His people have acted corruptly toward Him; this is their defect--they are not His children but a devious and crooked generation.

International Standard Version
But those who are not his children acted corruptly against him; they are a defective and perverted generation.

NET Bible
His people have been unfaithful to him; they have not acted like his children--this is their sin. They are a perverse and deceitful generation.

New Heart English Bible
They have dealt corruptly with him. They are not his children, because of their defect. They are a perverse and crooked generation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He recognizes that his people are corrupt. To their shame they are no longer his children. They are devious and scheming.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is corruption His? No; His children's is the blemish; A generation crooked and perverse.

New American Standard 1977
“They have acted corruptly toward Him, They are not His children, because of their defect; But are a perverse and crooked generation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is that they are not his sons; they are a perverse and crooked generation.

King James 2000 Bible
They have corrupted themselves, their blemish is not the blemish of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

American King James Version
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

American Standard Version
They have dealt corruptly with him, they are not his children, it is their blemish; They are a perverse and crooked generation.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They have sinned, not pleasing him; spotted children, a froward and perverse generation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have sinned against him, and are nose of his children in their filth: they are a wicked and perverse generation.

Darby Bible Translation
They have dealt corruptly with him; Not his children's is their spot: -- A crooked and perverted generation!

English Revised Version
They have dealt corruptly with him, they are not his children, it is their blemish; They are a perverse and crooked generation.

Webster's Bible Translation
They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

World English Bible
They have dealt corruptly with him, [they are] not his children, [it is] their blemish. [They are] a perverse and crooked generation.

Young's Literal Translation
It hath done corruptly to Him; Their blemish is not His sons', A generation perverse and crooked!
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
4He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. A God of faithfulness without injustice, righteous and upright is He. 5His people have acted corruptly toward Him; their spot is not that of His children, but of a perverse and crooked generation. 6Is this how you repay the LORD, O foolish and senseless people? Is He not your Father and Creator? Has He not made you and established you?…
Cross References
Matthew 17:17
"O unbelieving and perverse generation!" Jesus replied. "How long must I remain with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to Me."

Acts 2:40
With many other words he testified, and he urged them, "Be saved from this corrupt generation."

Philippians 2:15
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world

Numbers 23:21
He considers no disaster for Jacob; He sees no trouble for Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of the King is among them.

Deuteronomy 4:25
After you have children and grandchildren and you have been in the land a long time, if you then act corruptly and make an idol in the form of anything, doing evil in the sight of the LORD your God and provoking Him to anger,

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."

Deuteronomy 32:20
He said: I will hide My face from them; I will see what will be their end. For they are a perverse generation--children of unfaithfulness.

Proverbs 8:8
All the words of my mouth are righteous; none are crooked or perverse.

Treasury of Scripture

They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Deuteronomy 4:16
Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

Deuteronomy 31:29
For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

Genesis 6:12
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

John 8:41
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

a perverse

Deuteronomy 9:24
Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.

Psalm 78:8
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

Isaiah 1:4
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.







Lexicon
[His people] have acted corruptly
שִׁחֵ֥ת (ši·ḥêṯ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin

toward Him;
ל֛וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

their spot [is]
מוּמָ֑ם (mū·mām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3971: To stain, a blemish

not
לֹ֖א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

that of His children,
בָּנָ֣יו (bā·nāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

but of a perverse
עִקֵּ֖שׁ (‘iq·qêš)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6141: Twisted, perverted

and crooked
וּפְתַלְתֹּֽל׃ (ū·p̄ə·ṯal·tōl)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6618: Tortuous

generation.
דּ֥וֹר (dō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1755: A revolution of time, an age, generation, a dwelling
(5)--"He (Israel) hath destroyed himself.

Their undutifulness,[5] that is their blot,

[5] Literally, they are no sons to him. (Comp. Deuteronomy 32:20.)

A froward and crooked generation !"

These first two lines are given up as hopeless by many interpreters, not because the words are difficult of translation, but from the great variety of possible interpretations. After careful consideration of the passage with a learned Christian Hebrew,[6] I venture to propound this as the true translation. It is substantially identical with that of the English margin. The Hebrew consists of five words only (1) "He-hath-corrupted (2) to-him (3) not (4) his-sons (5) their blemish." That the first two ought to be taken together, if the text is correct, seems certain. The same construction is found in Numbers 32:15, "ye shall destroy all this people," and also in 1Samuel 23:10, "to destroy the city." As to the third and fourth words, we have thought that their true relation is the same which we find in Deuteronomy 32:21, a "not-God," and a "not-people," and also in Deuteronomy 32:5, "not-wise." In like manner Israel are in this verse called "not-sons of His." Their not-sonship, their unfilial, undutiful, ungodly behaviour to Him who is the perfection of truth and sincerity, a very Rock of fidelity to them, that is their great blemish. He has said, "Israel is my son, even my firstborn." But all Israel's behaviour gives Him the lie. The contrast between the two descriptions--the faithful God of Deuteronomy 32:4, and the unfaithful children of Deuteronomy 32:5--is the cardinal point in the verse. In the form of the expression, lo-banav is strictly parallel to the Lo-ammi of Hosea 1:9. The "froward and crooked generation" supplies two words to Psalm 18:26, "with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward" Compare also the context of the two passages. Many other interpretations have been proposed, and some have altered the text. I believe the text to be correct, and that this is the true meaning.

[6] Mr. Bernhard Maimon, to whom I desire once for all to express my great obligations for assistance in this and many other difficulties.

32:3-6 He is a Rock. This is the first time God is called so in Scripture. The expression denotes that the Divine power, faithfulness, and love, as revealed in Christ and the gospel, form a foundation which cannot be changed or moved, on which we may build our hopes of happiness. And under his protection we may find refuge from all our enemies, and in all our troubles; as the rocks in those countries sheltered from the burning rays of the sun, and from tempests, or were fortresses from the enemy. His work is perfect: that of redemption and salvation, in which there is a display of all the Divine perfection, complete in all its parts. All God's dealings with his creatures are regulated by wisdom which cannot err, and perfect justice. He is indeed just and right; he takes care that none shall lose by him. A high charge is exhibited against Israel. Even God's children have their spots, while in this imperfect state; for if we say we have no sin, no spot, we deceive ourselves. But the sin of Israel was not habitual, notorious, unrepented sin; which is a certain mark of the children of Satan. They were fools to forsake their mercies for lying vanities. All wilful sinners, especially sinners in Israel, are unwise and ungrateful.
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