Deuteronomy 32:9

9 For the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.

Deuteronomy 32:9 in Other Translations

9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
9 But the LORD's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
9 “For the people of Israel belong to the LORD ; Jacob is his special possession.
9 But God himself took charge of his people, took Jacob on as his personal concern.
9 But the Lord's portion is His people, Jacob, His own inheritance.

Deuteronomy 32:9 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 32:9

For the Lord's portion [is] his people, Jacob [is] the lot of
his inheritance.
] This is the reason why the Lord so early provided a portion or inheritance for the children of Israel in the land of Canaan; because they were his part, his portion, his inheritance, which he chose by lot for himself, or allotted to himself; whom he chose to be his special and peculiar people; for though all the world is his, he only reserved a part for himself, which he separated from all the rest, and considers as his portion and inheritance, see ( Psalms 33:12 ) ; thus the spiritual Israel of God, as they are his people, whom he has chosen, taken into covenant, given to Christ, and are redeemed and saved by him; they are his part or portion, separated by distinguishing grace from the rest of the world; and are the inheritance of Christ, who is appointed heir of all things, and is an unalienable inheritance; and is obtained by lot, or rather is measured out by a rod or line; by the line of electing grace, by which the church and people of God are circumscribed, marked out, and distinguished from others; and by the line and rule of the sacred Scriptures, which are the measure and standard of faith and practice, of worship and discipline to them.

Deuteronomy 32:9 In-Context

7 Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
8 When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.
9 For the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.
10 In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 16:5; Psalms 73:26; Psalms 119:57; Psalms 142:5; Jeremiah 10:16
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 9:29; S 1 Samuel 26:19; 1 Kings 8:51,53
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