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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Deuteronomy 16

Verse 1

Observe. Compare Exodus 13:3, Exodus 13:4. Leviticus 23:5, Leviticus 23:6. Numbers 28:16.

Abib is Egyptian and means "green ears". Compare Exodus 9:31. Leviticus 2:14. Not found again after this passage. "Nisan" substituted for it.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

Verse 2

to place = to make a habitation for.

Verse 3

bread of affliction. Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject) = bread which is the symbol of their affliction in Egypt.

in haste. Not the reason given in Exodus 12:17 for the Exodus. But here the reason why the bread was un-. leavened. There was no time for it to "rise" by fermentation.

Verse 4

leavened = fermented. Compare Exodus 13:7; Exodus 12:18-20.

Verse 5

gates. Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Part), App-6, put for the cities themselves. Note the Introversion of the lines of this member, verses: Deuteronomy 16:5, Deuteronomy 16:6.

Verse 7

roast = -cook.

Verse 8

seventh day. Compare Exodus 12:16; Exodus 13:6.

Verse 9

corn = standing corn.

Verse 11

And. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton in this verse. See App-6.

Verse 12

in Egypt. Some codices, with Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint, have "in the land of Egypt".

Verse 13

corn = threshing-floor Put by Figure of speech Metonymy,

wine = winepress. for what is produced from them.

Verse 14

And. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton. App-6.

Verse 16

appear. See note on Exodus 23:15, Exodus 23:17.

Verse 17

man. Hebrew. "ish. See App-14.

Verse 19

thou shalt not. A special reading, known as Sevir, has "neither shalt thou". See App-34.

gift = bribe.

Verse 20

altogether just. This is the rendering of the Figure of speech Epizeuxis (App-6). Hebrew "just, just", i.e. perfectly just.

Verse 21

grove. Hebrew. "asherah. See App-42. Here in the feminine gender.

Verse 22

image = pillar.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/deuteronomy-16.html. 1909-1922.