Deuteronomy 33:5

5 He was king over Jeshuruna when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel.

Read Deuteronomy 33:5 Using Other Translations

And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
Thus the LORD became king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
The LORD became king in Israel — when the leaders of the people assembled, when the tribes of Israel gathered as one.”

What does Deuteronomy 33:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 33:5

And he was king in Jeshurun
That is, in Israel, or over the people of Israel, of which name of theirs, (See Gill on Deuteronomy 32:15); either God, as Jarchi; for the government of the Israelites was a theocracy, and their laws were immediately from God, and by him they were guided and directed in all things; wherefore, when they were so importunate for a change in their government, and to have a king over them, they are said to reject the Lord, that he should not reign over them, ( 1 Samuel 8:7 ) ; or Moses, as Aben Ezra on the place, Maimonides F6, and others F7; who, under God, had the civil government of the Hebrews; both may be received, God was the supreme Governor, and Moses the chief magistrate under him:

when the heads of Israel [and] the tribes of the people were gathered
together;
at Mount Sinai, to hear the law there and then given, or to hear it repeated by Moses, as in this book of Deuteronomy, who were at different times convened together for that purpose, see ( Deuteronomy 1:1 ) ( 5:1 ) ; next follow the particular blessings of the several tribes, beginning with Reuben the firstborn.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 In Misn. Shebuot, c. 2. sect. 2.
F7 Philo de Vita Mosis, l. 3. p. 681.
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