Deuteronomy 4:27
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
For the LORD will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive.

English Standard Version
And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you.

Berean Study Bible
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.

New American Standard Bible
"The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD drives you.

King James Bible
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be reduced to a few survivors among the nations where the LORD your God will drive you.

Contemporary English Version
Only a few of you will survive, and the LORD will force you to leave the land and will scatter you among the nations.

Good News Translation
The LORD will scatter you among other nations, where only a few of you will survive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be reduced to a few survivors among the nations where the LORD your God will drive you.

International Standard Version
Moreover, the LORD will scatter you among the nations, and you'll be fewer in number in the nations where the LORD your God will drive you.

NET Bible
Then the LORD will scatter you among the peoples and there will be very few of you among the nations where the LORD will drive you.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where the LORD will drive you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will scatter you among the people of the world, and only a few of you will be left among the nations where the LORD will force you to live.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the LORD shall lead you away.

New American Standard 1977
“And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where the LORD shall drive you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the Gentiles, unto whom the LORD shall take you.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where the LORD shall lead you.

American King James Version
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and you shall be left few in number among the heathen, where the LORD shall lead you.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah will scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither Jehovah shall lead you away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And scatter you among all nations, and you shall remain a few among the nations, to which the Lord shall lead you.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah will scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left a small company among the nations to which Jehovah will lead you.

English Revised Version
And the LORD shall scatter you among the peoples, and ye shall be left few in number among the nations, whither the LORD shall lead you away.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.

World English Bible
Yahweh will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where Yahweh shall lead you away.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah hath scattered you among the peoples, and ye have been left few in number among the nations, whither Jehovah leadeth you,
Study Bible
Warning Against Idolatry
26I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live long upon it, but will be utterly destroyed. 27Then 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. 28And there you will serve man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.…
Cross References
Genesis 11:4
"Come," they said, "let us build for ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens, that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."

Genesis 34:30
Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble upon me by making me repugnant to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people of this land. We are few in number; if they unite against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed."

Leviticus 26:33
But I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out a sword after you as your land becomes desolate and your cities are laid waste.

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.

Deuteronomy 29:28
The LORD uprooted them from their land in His anger, rage, and great wrath, and He cast them into another land, where they are today.'

Deuteronomy 30:3
then He will restore you from captivity and have compassion on you and gather you from all the nations to which the LORD your God has scattered you.

Deuteronomy 32:26
I would have said I will cut them to pieces and blot out their memory from mankind,

Nehemiah 1:8
Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses when You said, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations,

Psalm 44:11
You have given us up as sheep to be devoured; You have scattered us among the nations.

Psalm 106:27
to disperse their offspring among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands.

Isaiah 17:6
Yet gleanings will remain, like an olive tree that has been beaten--two or three berries atop the tree, four or five on its fruitful branches," declares the LORD, the God of Israel.

Jeremiah 16:13
So I will cast you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known. There you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.'

Ezekiel 20:23
However, with an uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the lands.

Ezekiel 22:15
I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you throughout the lands; I will purge your uncleanness.

Daniel 9:7
To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but this day we are covered with shame--the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel, near and far, in all the countries to which You have driven us because of our unfaithfulness to You.

Zechariah 7:14
But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known, and the land was left desolate behind them, so that no one could come or go. Thus they turned a pleasant land into a desolation."

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and you shall be left few in number among the heathen, where the LORD shall lead you.

Deuteronomy 28:62-64 And you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars …

Nehemiah 1:3,8,9 And they said to me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there …

Ezekiel 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them …

Ezekiel 32:26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round …







(27) And the Lord shall scatter you.--Our familiarity with this fact in history must not blind us to its force when uttered as a prophecy. The fact that the Jews were taken captive for idolatry, and dispersed for the rejection of JESUS, is a remarkable proof that the real reason why they were brought into Canaan, and kept there, was to be witnesses for Jehovah.

Verse 27. - Few in number; literally, men of number, i.e. that may be counted; few as compared with the heathen among whom they should be dispersed (Genesis 34:30). Shall lead you. The verb here (נִהֵג, Piel of נָהַג) is frequently used in the sense of conducting gently and kindly (Isaiah 49:10; Isaiah 63:14; Psalm 48:14; Psalm 78:52); but it also means to drive, to carry off, to convey forcibly (Exodus 14:25; Genesis 31:26; Exodus 10:13; Psalm 78:26); the connection shows that it is in the latter sense it is to be taken here. Dispersed among the heathen, they, who had dishonored God by making an image to represent him, should be compelled to do service to mere dead idols, the work of men's hands, which not only could not hear or see, as God can, but also could not-perform even such animal functions as eating and smelling (Psalm 115:4-7; Jeremiah 10:3-9). These idols are called "gods" by Moses, because they were so counted by those who worshipped them; elsewhere he stigmatizes them as "abominations," things to be loathed and abhorred (שִׁקּוּצִים, Deuteronomy 27:15; Deuteronomy 29:17). As had been their sin, so should be their punishment; as they had dishonored God, so should they be themselves dishonored; as they had worshipped by an image him who is spirit and without form, they should be made to sink down to an utterly materialized worship, that of mere idols, the work of men's hands; as they had apostatized from the one holy and true God, they should be degraded to become the servants of abominations, objects of loathing and abhorrence (Jeremiah 16:13; Acts 7:42). God, however, would not utterly cast them off: if, in their misery and degradation, they should repent and turn again to him and seek him sincerely and earnestly, they should find him; for he is a merciful God, and mindful of the covenant which he swam unto their fathers (cf. Leviticus 26:39, etc.). And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations,.... As they were by both captivities; the ten tribes were dispersed among the cities of the Medes, and the two tribes throughout the empire of Babylon:

and ye shall be left few in number among the Heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you; or be "men of number" (i), so few that they might be easily numbered; which intimates that it should be other wise with them than when in Egypt; there they were multiplied and increased the more they were afflicted, but in these captivities they should be greatly diminished.

(i) "viri numeri", Montanus, Drusius. 4:24-40 Moses urged the greatness, glory, and goodness of God. Did we consider what a God he is with whom we have to do, we should surely make conscience of our duty to him, and not dare to sin against him. Shall we forsake a merciful God, who will never forsake us, if we are faithful unto him? Whither can we go? Let us be held to our duty by the bonds of love, and prevailed with by the mercies of God to cleave to him. Moses urged God's authority over them, and their obligations to him. In keeping God's commandments they would act wisely for themselves. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. Those who enjoy the benefit of Divine light and laws, ought to support their character for wisdom and honour, that God may be glorified thereby. Those who call upon God, shall certainly find him within call, ready to give an answer of peace to every prayer of faith. All these statutes and judgments of the Divine law are just and righteous, above the statutes and judgments of any of the nations. What they saw at mount Sinai, gave an earnest of the day of judgment, in which the Lord Jesus shall be revealed in flaming fire. They must also remember what they heard at mount Sinai. God manifests himself in the works of the creation, without speech or language, yet their voice is heard, Ps 19:1,3; but to Israel he made himself known by speech and language, condescending to their weakness. The rise of this nation was quite different from the origin of all other nations. See the reasons of free grace; we are not beloved for our own sakes, but for Christ's sake. Moses urged the certain benefit and advantage of obedience. This argument he had begun with, ver. 1, That ye may live, and go in and possess the land; and this he concludes with, ver. 40, That it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee. He reminds them that their prosperity would depend upon their piety. Apostacy from God would undoubtedly be the ruin of their nation. He foresees their revolt from God to idols. Those, and those only, shall find God to their comfort, who seek him with all their heart. Afflictions engage and quicken us to seek God; and, by the grace of God working with them, many are thus brought back to their right mind. When these things are come upon thee, turn to the Lord thy God, for thou seest what comes of turning from him. Let all the arguments be laid together, and then say, if religion has not reason on its side. None cast off the government of their God, but those who first abandon the understanding of a man.
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