Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Deuteronomy 4:21 - 4:21

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Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Deuteronomy 4:21 - 4:21


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The bringing of Israel out of Egypt reminds Moses of the end, viz., Canaan, and leads him to mention again how the Lord had refused him permission to enter into this good land; and to this he adds the renewed warning not to forget the covenant or make any image of God, since Jehovah, as a jealous God, would never tolerate this. The swearing attributed to God in Deu 4:21 is neither mentioned in Num 20 nor at the announcement of Moses' death in Num 27:12.; but it is not to be called in question on that account, as Knobel supposes. It is perfectly obvious from Deu 3:23. that all the details are not given in the historical account of the event referred to. כֹּל תְּמוּנַת פֶּסֶל, “image of a form of all that Jehovah has commanded,” sc., not to be made (Deu 4:16-18). “A consuming fire” (Deu 4:24): this epithet is applied to God with special reference to the manifestation of His glory in burning fire (Exo 24:17). On the symbolical meaning of this mode of revelation, see at Exo 3:2. “A jealous God:” see at Exo 20:5.