29:1 These [are] the a words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in b Horeb.
(a) That is, the articles, or conditions.
(b) At the first giving of the law, which was
forty years earlier.
29:3 The c
great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great
(c) The proofs of my power.
29:4 Yet the LORD hath not d
given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this
(d) He shows that it is not in man's power to
understand the mysteries of God if it is not given to him from above.
29:6 Ye have not eaten e
bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I
[am] the LORD your God.
(e) Made by man's art, but manna, which is
called the bread of angels.
Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your f
God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, [with] all
the men of Israel,
(f) Who knows your hearts, and therefore you may
not think to conceal from him.
29:12 That thou shouldest g
enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy
God maketh with thee this day:
(g) Alluding to them, that when they made a sure
covenant, divided a beast in two, and past between the parts divided, (Genesis
But with [him] that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and
also with [him] h that [is] not here
with us this day:
(h) Meaning, their posterity.
Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart
turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go [and] serve the gods of these
nations; lest there should be among you i
a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
(i) Such sin, as the bitter fruit of it might
choke and destroy you.
29:19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the
words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have
peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add k
drunkenness to thirst:
(k) For as he that is thirsty desires to drink
much so he that follows his appetites seeks by all means and yet cannot be
So that the l generation to come of your
children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a
far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses
which the LORD hath laid upon it;
(l) God's plagues on those who rebel against
him will be so strong, that all ages will be astonished.
The m secret [things belong] unto the
LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our
children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.
(m) Moses by this proves their curiosity, who
seek those things that are only known to God: and their negligence who do not
regard that which God has revealed to them, as the law.