Bible Commentaries

E.W. 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. Romans 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". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.