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Deuteronomy 32:5


32:5 His people have been unfaithful 1  to him;

they have not acted like his children 2  – this is their sin. 3 

They are a perverse 4  and deceitful generation.

Deuteronomy 32:30


32:30 How can one man chase a thousand of them, 5 

and two pursue ten thousand;

unless their Rock had delivered them up, 6 

and the Lord had handed them over?

1 tc The 3rd person masculine singular שָׁחַת (shakhat) is rendered as 3rd person masculine plural by Smr, a reading supported by the plural suffix on מוּם (mum, “defect”) as well as the plural of בֵּן (ben, “sons”).

tn Heb “have acted corruptly” (so NASB, NIV, NLT); NRSV “have dealt falsely.”

2 tn Heb “(they are) not his sons.”

3 tn Heb “defect” (so NASB). This highly elliptical line suggests that Israel’s major fault was its failure to act like God’s people; in fact, they acted quite the contrary.

4 tn Heb “twisted,” “crooked.” See Ps 18:26.

5 tn The words “man” and “of them” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation for clarity.

6 tn Heb “sold them” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).

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