For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out--The physical features of Palestine present a striking contrast to those of the land of bondage. You can find the best commentary on Deuteronomy for you using the tools on the right side. All rights reserved. Moses then appointed a public and solemn proclamation of the blessing and curse, to be made upon the two mountains of Gerizim and Ebal. An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Deuteronomy. In this chapter, the exhortation to love the Lord, and keep his commands, is repeated and urged again and again from various considerations; as not only from the chastisement of Pharaoh and the wicked Egyptians, but of such Israelites who offended the Lord, and transgressed his law, Deuteronomy 12:1, from the goodness and excellency of the land they were going to inherit, Deuteronomy 11:8, from the blessing of rain that would come upon it, and be productive of all good things for man and beast, in case of obedience, and a restraint of it in case of disobedience, Deuteronomy 11:12, from the continuance of them and their offspring in the land, should they be careful to observe the commands themselves, and teach them their children, Deuteronomy 11:18, and from the extensiveness of their conquests and dominions, Deuteronomy 11:22 and from the different issue and effects of their conduct and behaviour, a blessing upon them if obedient, but a curse if disobedient, Deuteronomy 11:26 and the chapter is concluded with an exhortation to pronounce the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and the curse on Mount Ebal; the situation of which places is described when they should come into the land of Canaan, of which they are assured, Deuteronomy 11:29. Thus was the land watered in which the Israelites had dwelt so long. 11:8 "therefore" This refers to all preceding historical allusions of chapter 11 or possibly even farther back. That your days may be multiplied,.... Long life being a very desirable blessing, and which is promised to those that obey and keep the law; see Deuteronomy 30:19. and the days of your children; which are dear to parents, and the continuance of whose lives, next to their own, is most desirable, yea, as desirable as their own; and especially it is desirable that they might have a posterity descending from them, to enjoy for ever their estates and possessions; as it was to the people of Israel, that they might have a seed always to dwell. Their grant of dominion extended so far, and the right was fulfilled to Solomon. 15-17. And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots,.... At the Red sea, when they pursued Israel in order to bring them back or destroy them, after they had let them go, which army was very numerous; see Exodus 14:7. how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them; "or to flow over their faces"F2הציף־על פניהם "fecit inundare super facics eorum", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. Deuteronomy 11:1-32.AN EXHORTATION TO OBEDIENCE. Which is often observed, as being near at hand; and when and where many things were to be done, which could not be done in the place and circumstances they now were, particularly what follows: that thou shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim, and the curse upon Mount Ebal; that is, pronounce the one on one mountain, and the other on the other mountain, or at least towards them, or over against them. Meaning not a single man, such an one as Og, or any of the sons of Anak, the giants; because it could never be thought, imagined, or feared, that one man only should be able to stand against 600,000 fighting men, but any people or nation, though greater and mightier than they: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you, and the dread of you, upon all the land that ye shall tread upon: that is, upon all the land of Canaan, and the inhabitants of it; who should hear what wonderful things had been done for them in Egypt, and at the Red sea, and in the wilderness; and what they had done to Sihon and Og, and to their countries, and which accordingly was fulfilled, Joshua 2:9. as he hath said unto you; had promised them, Deuteronomy 2:25 and which was prophesied of in the prophetic song at the Red sea; see Exodus 15:14. Jarchi interprets this of prayer; but it is not to be restrained to that only, but includes the whole service of God, in all the parts of it, performed from a principle of love to him, and in sincerity and truth. 2 Remember this today! In Egypt rain seldom fell, especially in some places it was very rare, though that there was none at all is a vulgar mistake; See Gill on Zechariah 14:18 F5See also Vansleb's Relation of a Voyage to Egypt, p. 213. who speaks of large rains in Egypt. And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you,.... For their idolatry, nothing being more provoking to him than that, it being contrary to his nature and being, as well as to his will, and to his honour and glory: and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain; the treasures and storehouses of it there, or the windows of it, the clouds, which when opened let it down, but when shut withhold it; the key of rain is one of the keys which the Jews sayF11Targum Jon. of It is not intended to be the “final word” because of its limitations. The offering of first fruits in thankful celebration of God’s good gift of the land to Israel is the surprising topic of this First Reading for the First Sunday in Lent. Instead of being visited with moisture only at one brief season and left during the rest of the year under a withering blight, every season it would enjoy the benign influences of a genial climate. 1. Read Deuteronomy 11 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). 5. it is said,"as soon as Israel passed over Jordan, they came to Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, which are in Samaria;'but those mountains were not near Jordan nor Jericho, to which the people of Israel came first, but sixty miles from thence; though they were, as Moses says, on the other side from the place they now were: by the way wherewith the sun goeth down; or, as the Targum of Jonathan,"after the way of the sun setting;'following that, or taking their direction from thence, signifying that they lay to the west of Jordan: in the land of the Canaanites; of that particular tribe or nation which were eminently called Canaanites, for these dwelt by the sea by the coast of Jordan, Numbers 13:29 or as further described: that dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal; in the plain open champaign country opposite to Gilgal; not that Gilgal Joshua encamped at before he came to Jericho, which in Moses's time was not known by that name, but another, as Dr. LightfootF21Chorograph. 1 An exhortation to obedience, 2 by their own experience of God's great works, 8 by promise of God's great blessings, 16 and by threatenings. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God,.... That is, a blessing should come upon them, even all temporal blessings they stood in need of; they should be blessed in body and estate, in their families, and in their flocks, in town and country; see Deuteronomy 28:1. which I command you this day; afresh repeated to them, and enjoined them the observation of it in the name of the Lord. Love and Obey the Lord. And that ye may prolong your days in the land,.... Not only enter it, and take possession of it, but continue in it long, which depended upon their obedience to the laws of God: which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed; had promised with an oath, so that they might be assured of the enjoyment of it, though they could not be of their continuance in it, unless they obeyed the divine commands: a land that floweth with milk and honey; abounds with all good things, whose fruits are fat as milk, and sweet as honey; so the Targum of Jonathan. It is true that occasional showers fell all the winter; but, at the autumnal and vernal seasons, they were more frequent, copious, and important; for the early rain was necessary, after a hot and protracted summer, to prepare the soil for receiving the seed; and the latter rain, which shortly preceded the harvest, was of the greatest use in invigorating the languishing powers of vegetation ( Jeremiah 5:24 , Joel 2:23 , Amos 4:7 , 5:7 ). He charged the people to choose which they would have. Comment : About . And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came unto this place. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. 975. ; and, besides, the tents of Dathan and Abiram, Reubenites, were not in the midst of Israel. Deuteronomy 11:2 And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, 24. Commonly, the words were embossed on paper or sewn into cloth and placed in a frame on a wall or a table where everyone who entered the room could see it. in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them; the land of Canaan, so often spoken of as the promise, oath, and gift of God: as the days of heaven upon the earth; that is, as long as the heavens and the earth shall be, and the one shall be over the other, as they will be to the end of time. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and his statutes and his judgments, and his commandments, alway, for I speak not unto your children which have not known, and which have not seen, the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt, unto Pharaoh king, of Egypt, and unto all his land, And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots, how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them. DEUTERONOMY 11 COMMENTARY EDITED BY GLENN PEASE Love and Obey the Lord 1 Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:26-32 (Read Deuteronomy 11:26-32) Moses sums up all the arguments for obedience in two words, the blessing and the curse. Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart, and in your soul,.... Treasure up the laws of God delivered to them in their minds, retain them in their memories, and cherish a cordial affection for them; which would be an antidote against apostasy, idolatry, and other sins, Psalm 119:11. and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes; of this and the two following verses; see Gill on Deuteronomy 6:7; see Gill on Deuteronomy 6:8; see Gill on Deuteronomy 6:9. You saw that he can do that. ; that is, the good of it, and to make it convenient, useful, and delightful to his people; yea, which he sought for and desired for his own habitation, Psalm 132:13. the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year; his eyes of providence, to give the former and the latter rain, and that there be seedtime and harvest in their seasons, and that the fruits of it be produced at their proper time; some at the beginning, others at the end of the year, and others in the intervening months, and all wisely suited to the good of the inhabitants of it. Nevertheless, a list based on aggregate reviews is likely to point many people in the right direction to find the right resource for their purposes. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Deuteronomy: God’s Law of Love. Love and Obey the *LORD your God. And know you this day,.... Take notice of, and diligently attend unto, what is now about to be delivered: for I speak not unto your children which have not known, and which have not seen, the chastisement of the Lord your God; who have no knowledge and experience of the chastisement of the Lord on themselves, or on their foes or friends; and with whom the argument drawn from it could not come with that force, and make that impression, as it might be thought it would, being used with them who had perfect knowledge of it. Jump to: Deuteronomy 11, Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this nine-volume commentary, respected by legions of devoted students, still ring with timeless truth Moses recalled something of their history, including their wilderness years—years spent wandering because of their unfaithfulness to Deuteronomy 11 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. "Most clearly," says he, "did I perceive that the barrenness of large portions of the country was owing to the cessation of the early and latter rain, and that the absence of grass and flowers made it no longer the land ( Deuteronomy 11:9 ) flowing with milk and honey. Philip Smith. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Deuteronomy 11:11. Cent. A list of the best commentaries on Deuteronomy ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. Deuteronomy 11. And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came unto this place. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle,.... By giving plentiful showers of rain at proper times, to cause it to spring up and grow, that so there might be food for the cattle of every sort, greater or lesser; see Psalm 104:13. that thou mayest eat and be full; which refers to the preceding verse as well as to this; and the sense is, that the Israelites might eat of and enjoy the fruits of the earth to satiety; namely, their corn, wine, and oil; and that their cattle might have grass enough to supply them with. Deuteronomy 11 Love and obey the Lord. I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle--Undoubtedly the special blessing of the former and the latter rain [ Deuteronomy 11:14 ] was one principal cause of the extraordinary fertility of Canaan in ancient times. After forty years in the wilderness, Moses instructs the Israelites about God’s covenantal way of life and blessing in the Promised Land. 1 Love the Lord your God always. 2-9. 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