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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Deuteronomy 6:17-25

Here, I. Moses charges them to keep God's commandments themselves: You shall diligently keep God's commandments, Deut. 6:17-19. Note, It requires a great deal of care and pains to keep up religion in the power of it in our hearts and lives. Negligence will ruin us; but we cannot be saved without diligence. To induce them to this, he here shows them, 1. That this would be very acceptable to God: it is right and good in the sight of the Lord; and that is right and good indeed that is, so in... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 6:21

In order to lead him into the spring and original of them, and to acquaint him with the goodness of God, which laid them under obligation to observe them: we were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt ; were brought into bondage and slavery to Pharaoh king of Egypt, into whose country their ancestors came, and where they resided many years, and at length were reduced to the utmost servitude and misery: and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand ; by the exertion of his mighty power,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 6:22

And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and sore ,.... Meaning the ten plagues, which were signs of the power of God, marvellous works, great, above the power of nature, and very sore or "evil" F25 ורעים "et pessima", V. L. Junius & Tremellius; "et noxia", Tigurine version; "et mala", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator. ; very distressing to the Egyptians; for they came and lay heavy upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes ; upon the king, his... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 6:23

And he brought us out from thence ,.... By means of those miraculous plagues, even out of a state of bondage and misery: and in order that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers ; to bring them into the land of Canaan, give it to them, and put them in the possession of it; and so fulfil his promise and his oath made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Deuteronomy 6:10-25

The Israelites were at the point of quitting a normal, life for a fixed and settled abode in the midst of other nations; they were exchanging a condition of comparative poverty for great and goodly cities, houses and vineyards. There was therefore before them a double danger;(1) a God-forgetting worldliness, and(2) a false tolerance of the idolatries practiced by those about to become their neighbors.The former error Moses strives to guard against in the verses before us; the latter in... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 6:1-25

The power of love (6:1-25)No matter how strong their determination to do right, the people would be unable to keep God’s law unless they first had a strong and genuine love for God himself. Love for him would give them the inner power to walk in his ways (6:1-5). As well as keeping God’s commandments themselves, they had to teach their children to do likewise. Their family life was to be guided by the knowledge of God’s law. Their house was to be known as a place where people loved God’s law... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Deuteronomy 6:22

sore. Hebrew. r'a = inflicted evil, not moral. Compare Jeremiah 18:11 .Amos 3:6 , and see note on Isaiah 45:7 . read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Deuteronomy 6:20-24

Ver. 20-24. And when thy son asketh thee, &c.— What Moses says in this place principally concerns the observation of the solemnities established to keep up a perpetual memory of God's mercies towards the Israelites, particularly the observation of the sabbath, and the passover. Compare Exodus 13:14. In the following verses, Moses offers three motives to obedience, which the Jews ought never to forget. 1. The happy liberty which God had procured for them, with a mighty hand and a... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Deuteronomy 6:20-25

Exhortation to remember the past 6:20-25God explained more fully here the teaching of children that He had hinted at previously (Deuteronomy 6:7). We can learn from these verses how to maintain and transmit a realistic consciousness of the true God from one generation to the next. This whole chapter deals with the first commandment in the Decalogue."Later Judaism wrongly concluded that covenant keeping was the basis for righteousness rather than an expression of faithful devotion. But true... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Deuteronomy 6:1-25

Practical ExhortationsTo the repetition of the Decalogue Moses adds in the following chapters a practical exhortation to obedience founded on the special relation of Jehovah to Israel as their Redeemer (6-11). Deuteronomy 6 particularly insists upon the remembrance of God’s statutes and the training of the children in them.4, 5. Our Lord calls these words ’the first and great commandment.’ They express the highest truth and duty revealed to the Hebrew nation: the truth of God’s unity and... read more

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