Deuteronomy 32:23
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New International Version
"I will heap calamities on them and spend my arrows against them.

King James Bible
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

Darby Bible Translation
I will heap mischiefs upon them; Mine arrows will I spend against them.

World English Bible
"I will heap evils on them. I will spend my arrows on them.

Young's Literal Translation
I gather upon them evils, Mine arrows I consume upon them.

Deuteronomy 32:23 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will spend mine arrows upon them - The judgments of God in general are termed the arrows of God, Job 6:4; Psalm 38:2, Psalm 38:3; Psalm 91:5; see also Ezekiel 5:16; Jeremiah 50:14; 2 Samuel 22:14, 2 Samuel 22:15. In this and the following verses, to the 28th inclusive, (Deuteronomy 32:23-28), God threatens this people with every species of calamity that could possibly fall upon man. How strange it is that, having this law continually in their hands, they should not discern those threatened judgments, and cleave to the Lord that they might be averted!

It was customary among the heathens to represent any judgment from their gods under the notion of arrows, especially a pestilence; and one of their greatest deities, Apollo, is ever represented as bearing a bow and quiver full of deadly arrows; so Homer, Il. i., ver. 43, where he represents him, in answer to the prayer of his priest Chryses, coming to smite the Greeks with the pestilence: -

Ὡς εφατ' ευχομενος· του δ' εκλυε Φοιβος Απολλων·

Βη δε κατ' Ουλυμποιο καρηνων χωομενος κηρ,

Τοξ' ωμοισιν εχων αμφηρεφεα τε φαρετρην. -

Ἑζετ' επειτ' απανευθε νεων· μετα δ' ιον ἑηκε·

Δεινη δε κλαγγη γενετ' αργυρεοιο βιοιο. κ. τ. λ.

"Thus Chryses pray'd; the favoring power attends,

And from Olympus' lofty tops descends.

Bent was his bow the Grecian hearts to wound;

Fierce as he moved, his silver shafts resound; -

The fleet in view, he twang'd his deadly' bow,

And hissing fly the feather'd fates below.

On mules and dogs the infection first began;


Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

heap mischiefs

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of the LORD your God...

Leviticus 26:18,24 And if you will not yet for all this listen to me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins...

Isaiah 24:17,18 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are on you, O inhabitant of the earth...

Isaiah 26:15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation: you are glorified...

Jeremiah 15:2,3 And it shall come to pass, if they say to you, Where shall we go forth? then you shall tell them, Thus said the LORD...

Ezekiel 14:21 For thus said the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments on Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine...

Matthew 24:7,8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes...


Psalm 7:12,13 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready...

Lamentations 3:13 He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.

Ezekiel 5:16 When I shall send on them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you...

The Eagle and Its Brood
'As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings.'--DEUT. xxxii. 11. This is an incomplete sentence in the Authorised Version, but really it should be rendered as a complete one; the description of the eagle's action including only the two first clauses, and (the figure being still retained) the person spoken of in the last clauses being God Himself. That is to say, it should read thus, 'As an eagle stirreth up his nest,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Religion --A Reality
Now we will grant you this morning that much of the religion which is abroad in the world is a vain thing. The religion of ceremonies is vain. If a man shall trust in the gorgeous pomp of uncommanded mysteries, if he shall consider that there resides some mystic efficacy in a priest, and that by uttering certain words a blessing is infallibly received, we tell him that his religion is a vain thing. You might as well go to the Witch of Endor for grace as to a priest; and if you rely upon words, the
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863

We have not treated the Latin Church after that fashion. There is not a hymn of real merit in the Latin which has not been translated, and in not a few cases oftener than once, with the result that the gems of Latin hymnody are the valued possession of the Christian Church in all English-speaking lands. One does not proceed far without making some discoveries which may account, to a certain extent, for the neglect of Greek hymnody by those men who are best qualified to pursue the study of it. The
John Brownlie—Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church

The Call of Moses
There is a great deal more room given in Scripture to the call of men to God's work than there is to their end. For instance, we don't know where Isaiah died, or how he died, but we know a great deal about the call God gave him, when he saw God on high and lifted up on His throne. I suppose that it is true to-day that hundreds of young men and women who are listening for a call and really want to know what their life's mission is, perhaps find it the greatest problem they ever had. Some don't
Dwight L. Moody—Men of the Bible

Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:21
The LORD will single them out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.

Deuteronomy 32:42
I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders."

2 Samuel 22:15
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.

Psalm 18:14
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.

Psalm 45:5
Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

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