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Numbers 32:23

Overview - Numbers 32
The Reubenites and Gadites sue for their inheritance on the east side of Jordan.
Moses reproves them.
16 They offer him conditions with which he is content.
33 Moses assigns them the land.
39 They conquer it.
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Numbers 32:23  (King James Version)
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
 


if ye will
Leviticus 26:14-46 ; Deuteronomy 28:15-68

be sure your sin
If the persons concerned prevaricated, and so imposed on men, or if they afterwards refused to fulfil their engagement, God would most certainly detect and expose their wickedness, and inflict condign punishment upon them. Of all the ways, says Dr. South, to be taken for the prevention of that great plague of mankind, Sin, there is none so rational and efficacious as to confute and baffle those motives by which men are induced to embrace it; and among all such motives, the heart of man seems to be chiefly overpowered and prevailed upon by two, viz. secrecy in committing sin, and impunity with respect to its consequences. Accordingly, Moses, in this chapter, having to deal with a company of men suspected of a base and fraudulent design, though couched under a very fair pretence, as most such designs are, endeavours to quash it in its very conception, by secretly applying himself to encounter those secret motives and arguments, which he knew were the most likely to encourage them in it. And this he does very briefly, but effectually, by assuring them, that how covertly and artificially soever they might carry on their dark project, yet their sin would infallibly find them out. Though the subject and occasion of these words are indeed particular, yet the design of them is manifestly of an universal import, as reaching the case of all transgressors, in their first entrance on any sinful act or course.
Genesis 4:7 ; 44:16 Psalms 90:8 ; 139:11 140:11 Proverbs 13:21 ; Isaiah 3:11
Isaiah 59:1 Isaiah 59:2 Isaiah 59:12 ; Romans 2:9 ; 1 Corinthians 4:5
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