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Deuteronomy 33:27-29

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33:27 The everlasting God is a refuge,

and underneath you are his eternal arms; 1 

he has driven out enemies before you,

and has said, “Destroy!”

33:28 Israel lives in safety,

the fountain of Jacob is quite secure, 2 

in a land of grain and new wine;

indeed, its heavens 3  rain down dew. 4 

33:29 You have joy, Israel! Who is like you?

You are a people delivered by the Lord,

your protective shield

and your exalted sword.

May your enemies cringe before you;

may you trample on their backs.

1 tn Heb “and from under, arms of perpetuity.” The words “you” and “his” are supplied in the translation for clarification. Some have perceived this line to be problematic and have offered alternative translations that differ significantly from the present translation: “He spread out the primeval tent; he extended the ancient canopy” (NAB); “He subdues the ancient gods, shatters the forces of old” (NRSV). These are based on alternate meanings or conjectural emendations rather than textual variants in the mss and versions.

2 tn Heb “all alone.” The idea is that such vital resources as water will some day no longer need protection because God will provide security.

3 tn Or “skies.” The Hebrew term שָׁמַיִם (shamayim) may be translated “heaven(s)” or “sky” depending on the context.

4 tn Or perhaps “drizzle, showers.” See note at Deut 32:2.



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