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Bible Commentaries
Deuteronomy 5

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-33

Now to chapter 5.

AND Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the judgments, that you may learn them, and keep them, and do them ( Deuteronomy 5:1 ).

So these three things; you're to learn them, you're to do them and to keep them.

The LORD made a covenant with you ( Deuteronomy 5:2 )

A conditional covenant. They're keeping His law; they're doing His commandments.

The LORD talked with you face to face. (and I stood between the LORD and you at the time, to show you the word of the LORD: for you were afraid;) And God said, I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me ( Deuteronomy 5:4-7 ).

And now again the Ten Commandments are reiterated for us here in Deuteronomy. As they were given in Exodus. This is a repetition of the Ten Commandments.

And he said, God wrote them in the two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. And it came to pass, that when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain burned with fire,) that you came unto me, all of the heads of the tribes. And you said, Behold, the LORD God has shown his glory, his greatness, we heard his voice: but no man can talk with God and still live. Therefore, why should we die? and this fire consume us ( Deuteronomy 5:22-25 );

And so they commanded Moses to go and listen to the voice of the Lord and come back and tell them, and whatever God said they promised that they would do.

Verse twenty-nine:

O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever ( Deuteronomy 5:29 )!

This is God's cry; this is God's lamentation. "Oh that the people would hear Me and obey Me that they might be able to enjoy My blessings forever." I'm sure that God laments over us. "Oh, if you would only follow me completely so that I can do for you all that I'm wanting to do." We so limit that which God wants to do because He loves you so much. He is wanting to do so much for you.

Jude says, "Keep yourself in the love of God" ( Jude 1:21 ). What does he mean? He means keep yourself in that place where God can demonstrate His love for you. God loves you so much. He wants to demonstrate that love but you got to be in harmony with Him. "Oh, that you would obey his voice. Oh, that you would be in harmony with the plan and purposes of God". "For the eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the entire earth to show himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are perfect towards him"( 2 Chronicles 16:9 ). If your heart is really completely towards God, Oh, what he wants to do in your life. Things that God longs to do for you. And so God cries over the failure of the people, and thus, His inability to bless them the way He is desiring to bless them.


Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 5". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/deuteronomy-5.html. 2014.
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