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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Deuteronomy 9

Verse 1

this day: i.e. it is declared this day that, &c. Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), App-6 , where the action is put for the declaration concerning it. Punctuate thus: "Hear, O Israel this day", &c. See note on Deuteronomy 4:26 .

nations. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), App-6 , for the countries inhabited by them.

Verse 2

children = sons.

Anakims. The descendants of Anak; the progeny of the second irruption of fallen angels (see Genesis 6:4 and App-25 , and compare Joshua 11:22 .

Verse 3

the LORD thy God = Jehovah thy 'Elohim. App-4 .

consuming fire. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6 .

shall destroy. Hebrew. shamad, exterminate.

and destroy. Hebrew. 'abad, cause to perish.

quickly. See note on Deuteronomy 7:22 .

as = according as. See Exodus 23:29 , Exodus 23:30 . Moab subdued (Judges 3:30 ); Midian subdued (Judges 8:28 ); Ammon subdued (Judges 11:33 ); Philistines subdued (1 Samuel 7:13 ). Compare Nehemiah 9:24 .

Verse 4

wickedness. Hebrew. rash'a . App-44 .

Verse 5

Not. Compare Titus 3:5 . Rom 11:6 . 2 Timothy 1:9 .

thy fathers. All three named in connection with the oath.

Verse 7

ye came. So some codices, with Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, and Syriac; but Hebrew text reads "thou camest".

Verse 8

destroyed. Hebrew. shamad, exterminate, or cut off.

Verse 9

forty days. Exodus 24:18 ; Exodus 34:28 . See App-10 .

Verse 10

written. See note on Exodus 17:14 and App-47 .

Verse 12

said. See note on Deuteronomy 2:9 , and compare Exodus 32:7 , Exodus 32:8 .

Verse 13

spake. See note on Deuteronomy 2:1 .

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .

Verse 14

Let Me alone. Compare Psalms 46:10 , where it is rendered "Be still".

Verse 15

I turned. Compare Exodus 32:15 .

Verse 16

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6 .

sinned. Hebrew. chat'a . See App-44 .

Verse 17

I took. Compare "Exodus 32:19 .

Verse 18

wickedly. Hebrew. ra'a , the wicked thing: i.e. idolatry. See App-44 .

Verse 19

afraid = alarmed.

Verse 21

burnt it = burnt it up. Hebrew. saraph. App-43 .

descended. Compare Exodus 32:20 , which is here explained.

Verse 22

And, &c. Note the Parenthesis of verses: Deuteronomy 9:22-24 .

Taberah. Compare Numbers 11:1-3 .

Massah. Compare Exodus 17:7 .

Kibroth-hattaavah. Compare Numbers 11:34 .

Verse 23

commandment. Hebrew mouth. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), for what is spoken by it. App-6 .

Verse 26

I prayed. Compare Exodus 32:11-13 .

Lord GOD = Adonai Jehovah. God's ownership emphasized by this title. See App-4 .

Verse 27

stubbornness = obduracy, or obstinacy.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 9". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/deuteronomy-9.html. 1909-1922.