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Deuteronomy 32:22

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32:22 For a fire has been kindled by my anger,

and it burns to lowest Sheol; 1 

it consumes the earth and its produce,

and ignites the foundations of the mountains.

Deuteronomy 32:26

Context
The Weakness of Other Gods

32:26 “I said, ‘I want to cut them in pieces. 2 

I want to make people forget they ever existed.

1 tn Or “to the lowest depths of the earth”; cf. NAB “to the depths of the nether world”; NIV “to the realm of death below”; NLT “to the depths of the grave.”

sn Sheol refers here not to hell and hell-fire – a much later concept – but to the innermost parts of the earth, as low down as one could get. The parallel with “the foundations of the mountains” makes this clear (cf. Pss 9:17; 16:10; 139:8; Isa 14:9, 15; Amos 9:2).

2 tc The LXX reads “I said I would scatter them.” This reading is followed by a number of English versions (e.g., KJV, ASV, NIV, NCV, NRSV, NLT, CEV).



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