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Deuteronomy 3

Benson's Commentary of the Old and New TestamentsBenson's Commentary


A.M. 2553. B.C. 1451.

The conquest of Og and his country, Deuteronomy 3:1-11 . The distribution of it to the two tribes and a half, Deuteronomy 3:12-17 ; on condition of assisting their brethren, Deuteronomy 3:18-20 . Joshua encouraged, Deuteronomy 3:21 , Deuteronomy 3:22 . Moses prays that he may go into Canaan, Deuteronomy 3:23-25 . But is refused, yet is permitted to see it.

Verse 1

Deuteronomy 3:1. Og, the king of Bashan, came out against us As a further encouragement to the Israelites to confide in the power and faithfulness of God, Moses proceeds to remind them of the wonderful success they had had against Og, who appears to have been the first aggressor, Numbers 21:33.

Verse 8

Deuteronomy 3:8. On this side Jordan So it was when Moses wrote this book: but afterward, when Israel passed over Jordan, it was called the land beyond Jordan.

Verse 9

Deuteronomy 3:9. Sirion Elsewhere called mount Gilead, and Lebanon, and here Shenir, and Sirion, which several names were given to this one mountain, partly by several people, and partly in regard of several tops and parts of it.

Verse 10

Deuteronomy 3:10. All Gilead Gilead is sometimes taken for all the Israelites’ possessions beyond Jordan, and so it comprehends Bashan; but here for that part of it which lies in and near mount Gilead, and so it is distinguished from Bashan and Argob.

Verse 11

Deuteronomy 3:11. Only Og remained of the remnant of giants Namely, in those parts; for there were other giants among the Philistines, and elsewhere. When the Ammonites drove out the Zamzummims, mentioned Deuteronomy 2:20, Og might escape, and so be said to be left of the remnant of the giants, and afterward, fleeing to the Amorites, perhaps was made their king, because of his gigantic stature. His bedstead was a bedstead of iron Bedsteads of iron, brass, and other metals, are not unusual in the warm countries, as a defence against vermin. In Rabbath Where it might now be, either because the Ammonites, in some former battle with Og, had taken it as a spoil; or because, after Og’s death, the Ammonites desired to have this monument of his greatness, and the Israelites permitted them to carry it away to their chief city. Nine cubits

So his bed was four yards and a half long, and two yards broad.

Verse 14

Deuteronomy 3:14. Unto this day This must be put among those passages which were not written by Moses, but added by those holy men who digested the books of Moses into this order, and inserted some few passages to accommodate things to their own time and people.

Verses 15-16

Deuteronomy 3:15-16. Gilead That is, the half part of Gilead. To Machir

That is, unto the children of Machir, son of Manasseh, for Machir was now dead. Half the valley Or rather, to the middle of the river: for the word rendered half, signifies commonly middle, and the same Hebrew word means both a valley and a brook, or river. And this sense is agreeable to the truth, that their land extended from Gilead unto Arnon, and, to speak exactly, to the middle of that river; for as that river was the border between them and others, so one half of it belonged to them, as the other half did to others; see Joshua 12:2, where the same thing is expressed in the same words, in the Hebrew, though our translators render them there, from the middle of the river, and here, half of the valley.

Verse 17

Deuteronomy 3:17. The plain The low country toward Jordan. The sea of the plain That is, that salt sea, which before that dreadful conflagration was a goodly plain.

Verse 18

Deuteronomy 3:18. I commanded you Namely, the Reubenites and Gadites. All that are meet In such number as your brethren shall judge necessary. They were in all above a hundred thousand. Forty thousand of them went over Jordan before their brethren.

Verses 23-24

Deuteronomy 3:23-24. I besought the Lord We should allow no desire in our hearts, which we cannot in faith offer unto God by prayer. Thou hast begun to show thy servant thy greatness Lord, perfect what thou hast begun. The more we see of God’s glory in his works, the more we desire to see. And the more affected we are with what we have seen of God, the better we are prepared for further discoveries.

Verse 25

Deuteronomy 3:25. Let me go over For he supposed God’s threatening might be conditional and reversible, as many others were. That goodly mountain Which the Jews not improbably understood of that mountain on which the temple was to be built. This he seems to call that mountain, emphatically and eminently, that which was much in Moses’s thoughts, though not in his eye.

Verse 28

Deuteronomy 3:28. He shall go over It was not Moses, but Joshua, or Jesus, that was to give the people rest, Hebrews 4:8. It is a comfort to those who love mankind, when they are dying and going off, to see God’s work likely to be carried on by other hands when they are silent in the dust.

Bibliographical Information
Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3". Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/rbc/deuteronomy-3.html. 1857.
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