9:1 Hear, O Israel: Thou [art] to pass over Jordan a this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven,
(a) Meaning shortly.
9:2 A people great and tall, the children of the
Anakims, whom thou knowest, and [of whom] thou hast b
heard [say], Who can stand before the children of Anak!
(b) By the report of the spies. (Numbers
9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy
God [is] he which c goeth over before
thee; [as] a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down
before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the
LORD hath said unto thee.
(c) To guide you and govern you.
9:4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the
LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my d
righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the
wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
(d) Man by himself deserves nothing but God's
anger, and if God spares anyone it comes from his great mercy.
9:6 Understand therefore, that
the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy
righteousness; for thou [art] a e
(e) Like stubborn oxen who will not endure their
9:7 Remember, [and] forget not, how thou provokedst
the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: f
from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto
this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.
(f) He proves by the length of time, that their
rebellion was great and intolerable.
9:10 And the
LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the g
finger of God; and on them [was written] according to all the words, which the
LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the
(g) That is, miraculously, and not by the hand of
9:12 And the LORD said unto me,
Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought
forth out of Egypt have h corrupted
[themselves]; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded
them; they have made them a molten image.
(h) As soon as man declines from the obedience of
God, his ways are corrupt.
Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under
heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.
(i) Demonstrating that the prayers of the
faithful are a bar to restrain God's anger so that he does not consume all.
9:16 And I looked, and, behold,
ye had sinned against the LORD your God, [and] had made you a molten calf: ye
had turned aside quickly out of the k
way which the LORD had commanded you.
(k) That is, from the Law: in which he declares
what the cause of our punishment is.
And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have l
destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.
(l) By which he shows the danger they are in who
have authority and do not resist wickedness.
9:21 And I took your sin, the calf which ye had
made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, [and] ground [it] very small,
[even] until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook
that descended out of the m mount.
(m) Horeb, or Sinai.
9:23 Likewise when the LORD
sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have
given you; then ye n rebelled against
the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to
(n) At the return of the spies.
9:25 Thus I fell down before
the LORD o forty days and forty nights,
as I fell down [at the first]; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.
(o) By which is signified that God requires
earnest continuance in prayer.
Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness
of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:
(p) The godly in their prayers ground on God's
promise, and confess their sins.