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Deuteronomy 33:2

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33:2 He said:

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The Lord came from Sinai

and revealed himself 1  to Israel 2  from Seir.

He appeared in splendor 3  from Mount Paran,

and came forth with ten thousand holy ones. 4 

With his right hand he gave a fiery law 5  to them.

1 tn Or “rose like the sun” (NCV, TEV).

2 tc Heb “to him.” The LXX reads “to us” (לָנוּ [lanu] for לָמוֹ [lamo]), the reading of the MT is acceptable since it no doubt has in mind Israel as a collective singular.

tn Heb “him”; the referent (Israel) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Or “he shone forth” (NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).

4 tc With slight alteration (מִמְרִבַת קָדֵשׁ [mimrivat qadesh] for the MT’s מֵרִבְבֹת קֹדֶשׁ [merivvot qodesh]) the translation would be “from Meribah Kadesh” (cf. NAB, NLT; see Deut 32:51). However, the language of holy war in the immediate context favors the reading of the MT, which views the Lord as accompanied by angelic hosts.

5 tc The mispointed Hebrew term אֵשְׁדָּת (’eshdat) should perhaps be construed as אֵשְׁהַת (’eshhat) with Smr.



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