Jacob prophesied, Genesis 48:19, that the younger should be greater than the elder; so here Tens of thousands are given to Ephraim, and only thousands to Manasseh. Deuteronomy 33:1-28.THE MAJESTY OF GOD. All shall be sanctified to true believers; if their way be rough, their feet shall be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. In the Alexandrian copy of the Septuagint the clause stands thus: Και Συμεων εστω πολυς εν αριτμῳ, and let Simeon be very numerous, but none of the other versions insert the word. Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant. Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob. He is the Holy One who was tempted by them at Massah, who suffered their manners in the wilderness, who slew 23,000 of the most incorrigible transgressors, and who brought them into the promised land by his deputy, Joshua, whose name and that of Jesus have the same signification. And of treasures hid in the sand - Jonathan ben Uzziel has probably hit upon the true meaning of this difficult passage: "From the sand," says he, "are produced looking-glasses and glass in general; the treasures - the method of finding and working this, was revealed to these tribes." 1. xxxvi., c. 26; Tacitus, Hist. Instead of he came with ten thousand saints, by which our translators have rendered מרבבת קדש meribeboth kodesh, Dr. Kennicott reads Meribah-Kadesh, the name of a place: for we find that, towards the end of forty years, the Israelites came to Kadesh, Numbers 20:1, which was also called Meribah, on account of their contentious opposition to the determinations of God in their favor, Numbers 20:13; and there the glory of the Lord again appeared, as we are informed Numbers 20:6. Never were people so well provided for. The meaning is obvious: "Whatever thy trials or difficulties may be, I shall always give thee grace to support thee under and bring thee through them." This makes a very good sense also. The reader will observe that, though the latter part of this chapter appears in the form of prose in our Bibles, yet it is written in hemistichs or short metrical lines in the original, which is the form in which all the Hebrew poetry is written; and as in other cases, so in this, it would contribute much to the easy understanding of the author's meaning, were the translation produced in lines corresponding to those of the original. Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.. a. Moses the man of God: As he looked at Israel with a shepherd’s heart, he could not leave them without blessing them.It must be this way. The original is only two words, the latter of which has been translated in a great variety of ways, וכימיך דבאך ucheyameycha dobecha. 1. Moses largely blesses the tribe of Levi. Introduction to the blessing of the tribes. And as thy days, so shall thy strength be - If we take this clause as it appears here, we have at once an easy sense; and the saying, I have no doubt, has comforted the souls of multitudes. What is here said of the church of Israel is to be applied to the spiritual church. (26-29). Moses delivers a prophetical blessing to the children of Israel, And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand, And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people. He came with the heads of the people - Notwithstanding this portion fell unto them on the east side of Jordan, yet they proceeded with the heads of the people, the chiefs of the other tribes. He who controverts this position knows little of the ground on which he stands. - God contended with Aaron as well as with Moses at the waters of Meribah, and excluded him from the promised land because he did not sanctify the Lord before the people. 5. It would be almost endless to follow interpreters through their conjectures concerning its meaning. And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and. And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD. 1. The blessing of Judah may refer to the whole tribe in general, or to David as a type of Christ. This is an unfailing promise of God: "I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon me, because he trusteth in me;" therefore "trust ye in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength;" Isaiah 26:4. He dwelleth as a lion - Probably the epithet of lion or lion-like was applied to this tribe from their fierce and warlike disposition. He also changes ישא yissa, He shall receive, into ישאו yisseu, They shall receive. Whatever our place and business are, it is our wisdom and duty to apply thereto; and it is happiness to be well pleased therewith. The favour of God is the only favour satisfying to the soul. (24,25) The excellency of Israel. That his hands shall be increased, and that he shall prevail over his enemies. His law works like fire. Tearing the arm or shoulder with the crown of the head seems simply to mean that no force should be able to prevail over them, or stand against them; as the arm or shoulder signifies dominion, and the crown of the head, sovereign princes. Both these chapters constitute a part of those Scriptures which, according to St. Paul, Romans 15:4, were written for our learning; and, as to instruct the reader and make him wise unto salvation was the gracious design of God, we should particularly beg of him "that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of his holy word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life which he has given us in our Savior Jesus Christ" - Collect for the second Sunday in Advent. Some object to our translation of the Hebrew ידיד yedid by the term beloved, and think the original should be divided as it is in the Samaritan, יד יד yad yad, the hand, even the hand of the Lord shall dwell for safety or protection, עליו alaiv, upon him. Moses the man of God--This was a common designation of a prophet ( 1 Samuel 2:27, 9:6), and it is here applied to Moses, when, like Jacob, he was about to deliver ministerially before his death, a prophetic benediction to Israel.. 2-4. Of the first term there can be no doubt, it literally means, and as thy days; the second word, דבא dobe, occurs nowhere else in the Hebrew Bible: the Septuagint have rendered it by ισχυς, strength, and most of the versions have followed them; but others have rendered it affliction, old age, fame, weakness, etc., etc. Dr. Kennicott proposes to translate the whole five verses thus: -. As thy days, so shall thy strength be. "The river Belus falls into the Jewish sea, about whose mouth those sands, mixed with nitre, are collected, out of which glass is formed," or which is melted into glass. The manifestation of the Divine glory on Sinai, as it was prior in time and more magnificent in splendor, is mentioned first. Have they work allotted? See the notes on Genesis 49:25, etc. Read Deuteronomy 33 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Jehovah came from Sinai, And he arose upon them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And he came from Meribah-kadesh: From his right hand a fire shone forth upon them. We should thankfully receive the earthly blessings sent to us, through the successive seasons. Have they burdens appointed? The word Moses, he thinks, should therefore be left out of the text, as it is improbable that he should here introduce his own name; and that if the word be allowed to be legitimate, then the word king must apply to him, and not to God, which would be most absurd. Truly, he loved the people, And he blessed all his saints For they fell down at his feet, And they received of his words. The providence of God appoints men's habitations, and wisely disposes men to different employments for the public good. 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