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Deuteronomy 34:5-8

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34:5 So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab as the Lord had said. 34:6 He 1  buried him in the land of Moab near Beth Peor, but no one knows his exact burial place to this very day. 34:7 Moses was 120 years old when he died, but his eye was not dull 2  nor had his vitality 3  departed. 34:8 The Israelites mourned for Moses in the deserts of Moab for thirty days; then the days of mourning for Moses ended.

1 tc Smr and some LXX mss read “they buried him,” that is, the Israelites. The MT reads “he buried him,” meaning in the context that “the Lord buried him.” This understanding, combined with the statement at the end of the verse that Moses’ burial place is unknown, gave rise to traditions during the intertestamental period that are reflected in the NT in Jude 9 and in OT pseudepigraphic works like the Assumption of Moses.

2 tn Or “dimmed.” The term could refer to dull appearance or to dimness caused by some loss of visual acuity.

3 tn Heb “sap.” That is, he was still in possession of his faculties or liveliness.



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