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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:10-29

It appears by the length of the sentences here, and by the copiousness and pungency of the expressions, that Moses, now that he was drawing near to the close of his discourse, was very warm and zealous, and very desirous to impress what he said upon the minds of this unthinking people. To bind them the faster to God and duty, he here, with great solemnity of expression (to make up the want of the external ceremony that was used (Exod. 24:4-8), concludes a bargain (as it were) between them and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:11

Your little ones, your wives ,.... Who are scarce ever mentioned in any special law or solemn transaction: and thy stranger that is in thy camp ; not only the proselyte of righteousness, who embraced the Jewish religion entirely, but the proselyte of the gate, who was admitted to dwell among them, having renounced idolatry. These standing with the Israelites, when this covenant was made, has respect to the Gentiles, who as well as the Jews have an interest in the covenant of grace made... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:1-13

The renewal of God's covenant with Israel. Every act of obedience is a step of the soul upward. It leads us into clearer light and into purer air. The man is braced by the exercise. On the other hand, the neglect of a great occasion of blessing is an irreparable loss. I. NOTE GOD 'S GRACIOUS ACTIVITY ON BEHALF OF HIS COVENANT PEOPLE . Ancient Israel was sadly prone to forget what God had done for them. Ingratitude is base. It injures greatly the man who is guilty of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:10-15

Summons to enter into the covenant of the Lord with fresh ardor and cordiality. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:10-15

National covenanting. This covenant— I. WAS MADE WITH THE NATION AS SUCH . National covenanting finds modern exemplifications in the Scotch covenants, and in the " Solemn League and Covenant " of 1643-44. Irrespective, however, of the particular stipulations of these covenants, the propriety of such engagements must be pronounced doubtful. The case of Israel can scarcely be pleaded as a precedent. Certainly, were God to reveal himself to any nation now as he did to that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:10-21

Apostasy in heart a root of bitterness. In the midst of this paragraph there is an expression of which the writer to the Hebrews makes use as a warning. It is found in the eighteenth verse: "Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood." In the Epistle to the Hebrews 12:10 , the sacred writer says, "Looking diligently … lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." The root bearing gall and wormwood which Moses deprecates is,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:10-28

The land of promise becoming accursed. Moses has tried the principle of gratitude with the Israelites, urging obedience from a sense of the great goodness of the Lord. And now he turns to the other principle of fear , which cannot be dispensed with in religion, £ and urges obedience out of respect for the Promised Land, since if they are disobedient it will be turned to a land accursed. The land will in such a ease become a witness to the curse of God, instead of continuing a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 29:11-14

The covenant was a national engagement, and as such included not only the adults anti existing generation, but the little ones, the strangers resident in Israel, the lowest menial servants, that is, all the elements of which the nation was composed, as well as their posterity in coming, generations. That thou shouldest enter into covenant. The expression in the Hebrew is a strong one, indicating not a mere formal engagement, but a going thoroughly into the covenant; the phrase is used of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Deuteronomy 29:11

The covenant was national, and therefore embraced all the elements which make up the nation. The “little ones” would of course be represented by their parents or guardians; the absent Deuteronomy 29:15 by those present; nor were the servants and proselytes to be excluded (compare Acts 2:39). The text is fairly alleged in justification of the Church’s practice of admitting little ones into covenant with God by Baptism, and accepting promises made on their behalf by sponsors. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Deuteronomy 29:10-12

Deuteronomy 29:10-12. Ye stand before the Lord your God They were assembled at the tabernacle, from whence he delivered these words to them by the priests and Levites, Deuteronomy 27:9; Deuteronomy 27:14. Thy stranger Such strangers as had embraced their religion: all sorts of persons, yea, even the meanest of them. Into covenant, and into his oath A covenant confirmed by a solemn oath. Hebrew, באלתו , bealatho, his adjuration, execration, or curse; for they entered into this... read more

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