NETBible KJV GRK-HEB XRef Arts Hymns
  Discovery Box

Deuteronomy 32:21

Context

32:21 They have made me jealous 1  with false gods, 2 

enraging me with their worthless gods; 3 

so I will make them jealous with a people they do not recognize, 4 

with a nation slow to learn 5  I will enrage them.

Deuteronomy 32:31

Context

32:31 For our enemies’ 6  rock is not like our Rock,

as even our enemies concede.

1 sn They have made me jealous. The “jealousy” of God is not a spirit of pettiness prompted by his insecurity, but righteous indignation caused by the disloyalty of his people to his covenant grace (see note on the word “God” in Deut 4:24). The jealousy of Israel, however (see next line), will be envy because of God’s lavish attention to another nation. This is an ironic wordplay. See H. Peels, NIDOTTE 3:938-39.

2 tn Heb “what is not a god,” or a “nondeity.”

3 tn Heb “their empty (things).” The Hebrew term used here to refer pejoratively to the false gods is הֶבֶל (hevel, “futile” or “futility”), used frequently in Ecclesiastes (e.g., Eccl 1:1, “Futile! Futile!” laments the Teacher, “Absolutely futile! Everything is futile!”).

4 tn Heb “what is not a people,” or a “nonpeople.” The “nonpeople” (לֹא־עָם, lo-am) referred to here are Gentiles who someday would become God’s people in the fullest sense (cf. Hos 1:9; 2:23).

5 tn Heb “a foolish nation” (so KJV, NAB, NRSV); NIV “a nation that has no understanding”; NLT “I will provoke their fury by blessing the foolish Gentiles.”

6 tn Heb “their,” but the referent (enemies) is specified in the translation for the sake of clarity.



TIP #07: Use the Discovery Box to further explore word(s) and verse(s). [ALL]
created in 0.03 seconds
powered by bible.org