Deuteronomy 7:7
New International Version
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

New Living Translation
"The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations!

English Standard Version
It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

Berean Study Bible
The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than the other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

New American Standard Bible
"The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

King James Bible
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Christian Standard Bible
"The LORD had his heart set on you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

Contemporary English Version
You were the weakest of all nations,

Good News Translation
"The LORD did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

International Standard Version
"It wasn't because you were more numerous than other people of the earth that the LORD committed himself to you and chose you. In fact, you were the least numerous of all the peoples.

NET Bible
It is not because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the LORD favored and chose you--for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD set his heart on you and chose you, even though you didn't outnumber all the other people. You were the smallest of all nations.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people--for ye were the fewest of all peoples--

New American Standard 1977
“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not because ye were more than the other peoples has the LORD desired you and chosen you; for ye were the fewest of all the peoples;

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people:

American King James Version
The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people:

American Standard Version
Jehovah did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all peoples:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It was not because ye are more numerous than all other nations that the Lord preferred you, and the Lord made choice of you: for ye are fewer in number than all other nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not because you surpass all nations in number, is the Lord joined unto you, and hath chosen you, for you are the fewest of any people:

Darby Bible Translation
Not because ye were more in number than all the peoples, hath Jehovah been attached to you and chosen you, for ye are the fewest of all the peoples;

English Revised Version
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all peoples:

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

World English Bible
Yahweh didn't set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples:

Young's Literal Translation
Not because of your being more numerous than any of the peoples hath Jehovah delighted in you, and fixeth on you, for ye are the least of all the peoples,
Study Bible
Casting out the Nations
6For you are a people holy unto the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be as a people for His prized possession, above all peoples on the face of the earth. 7The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than the other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:10
The LORD your God has multiplied you, so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

Deuteronomy 4:37
Because He loved your fathers, He chose their descendants after them and brought you out of Egypt by His presence and great power,

1 Chronicles 16:19
When they were few in number, few indeed, and strangers in the land,

Psalm 44:3
For it was not by their sword that they took the land; their arm did not bring them victory; it was by Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your face; for You delighted in them.

Psalm 105:12
When they were few in number, few indeed, and strangers in the land,

Isaiah 63:9
In all their distress, He too was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. In His love and compassion He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Ezekiel 36:22
Therefore, tell the house of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'It is not for your sake that I will act, O house of Israel, but for My holy name, which you profaned among the nations to which you went.

Treasury of Scripture

The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people:

The Lord

Psalm 115:1
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

Romans 9:11-15,18,21
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) …

Romans 11:6
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

ye were

Deuteronomy 10:22
Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

Isaiah 51:2
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Matthew 7:14
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.







Lexicon
The LORD
יְהוָ֛ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

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

set His affection on you
חָשַׁ֧ק (ḥā·šaq)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2836: To cling, join, to love, delight in, elliptically, to deliver

[and] choose you
וַיִּבְחַ֣ר (way·yiḇ·ḥar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

because you were more numerous
מֵֽרֻבְּכֶ֞ם (mê·rub·bə·ḵem)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

than the other
מִכָּל־ (mik·kāl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

peoples,
הָֽעַמִּ֗ים (hā·‘am·mîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

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

you
אַתֶּ֥ם (’at·tem)
Pronoun - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

were the fewest
הַמְעַ֖ט (ham·‘aṭ)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

of all
מִכָּל־ (mik·kāl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

peoples.
הָעַמִּֽים׃ (hā·‘am·mîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock
(7) The Lord did not . . . choose you, because ye were more.--The danger lest Israel's peculiar relation to the Most High should beget national pride is so obvious, that Moses takes special pains to counteract it by asserting God's sovereignty in the choice.

Ye were the fewest of all people.--It may be observed that the development of the Moabites, Ammonites, Ishmaelites, and Edomites (all, like Israel, descended from Terah), was far more rapid than that of the chosen line. Abraham had twelve grandsons through Ishmael, but only the same number of great grandsons through Isaac and Jacob. Edom, Moab, and Ammon all preceded Israel in the conquest of territory. Kings reigned in Edom "before there reigned any king over the children of Israel" (Genesis 36:31). It was only "when the time of the promise drew nigh" that "the (chosen) people grew and multiplied in Egypt." The Scripture is throughout consistent in representing their development as due to the special providence of God. (See also on Deuteronomy 10:22.)

Verse 7. - Set his love upon you. The Hebrew verb meaning primarily to cleave to, to be attached to, is used to express ardent and loving affection (cf. Genesis 34:8; Deuteronomy 10:15; Isaiah 38:17). The fewest of all people. It might have been supposed that, in choosing a people to be his special treasure, the Almighty would have selected some one of the great nations of the world; but, instead of that, he had chosen one of the smallest. They had, indeed, grown till now they were as the stars for multitude; but it was not in prospect of this that they were chosen. The election of Israel was purely of grace. 7:1-11 Here is a strict caution against all friendship and fellowship with idols and idolaters. Those who are in communion with God, must have no communication with the unfruitful works of darkness. Limiting the orders to destroy, to the nations here mentioned, plainly shows that after ages were not to draw this into a precedent. A proper understanding of the evil of sin, and of the mystery of a crucified Saviour, will enable us to perceive the justice of God in all his punishments, temporal and eternal. We must deal decidedly with our lusts that war against our souls; let us not show them any mercy, but mortify, and crucify, and utterly destroy them. Thousands in the world that now is, have been undone by ungodly marriages; for there is more likelihood that the good will be perverted, than that the bad will be converted. Those who, in choosing yoke-fellows, keep not within the bounds of a profession of religion, cannot promise themselves helps meet for them.
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