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Deuteronomy 10

Deu 10:6

Vv 6-9: An interpolation: Since Aaron was now dead, and Moses would soon follow him, the listeners would wonder who would then intercede for them, as Moses did here.

JAAKANITES: Jaakan: a descendant of Seir, the Horite (1Ch 1:38-42), of Esau (Gen 36). The children of Israel (Jacob) left the children of Jaakan (Esau).

Deu 10:7

GUDGODAH: "A narrow passage of great affliction": cp Mat 19:24: "eye of needle". Many Israelites died here (see Psa 90; 91).

Deu 10:16

The first ref in Bible to circumcision of the heart. See Deu 30:6; Lev 26:41; Jer 4:,14; Rom 2:28,29; Col 2:11.

Deu 10:18

THE FATHERLESS... THE WIDOW... THE ALIEN: "This wide compassion is part of our understanding of God. He giveth His rain to the good and evil, and causeth His sun to shine on the just and unjust. So the Israelite must love the Israelite and the stranger, having compassion on every man who was oppressed. In this Jesus our Lord excelled: his words to the Samaritan woman at the well, to the Syrophoenician woman whose child was sick, to the woman who was a sinner, were all examples of his extensive mercy on those in need. If we would capture this spirit our lives would be enriched. It would increase our understanding of men, invigorate our preaching, and free us from the sin of 'respect of persons' which besets us in a variety of forms" (MMS 176,177).

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