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Deuteronomy 8:9

9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

Read Deuteronomy 8:9 Using Other Translations

A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills.

What does Deuteronomy 8:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 8:9

A land wherein thou shall eat bread without scarceness
That is, should have plenty of all sorts of provisions, which bread is often put for:

thou shall not lack anything in it;
for necessity and convenience, and for delight and pleasure:

a land whose stones are iron;
in which were iron mines:

and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass;
both which are taken out of the earth and the stones of it, ( Job 28:2 ) and were to be found in the land of Canaan, and particularly in the tribe of Asher, as seems from ( Deuteronomy 33:25 ) and more particularly at Sidon and Sarepta, which were in that tribe; the latter of which seems to have its name from the melting of metals there, and the former is said in Homer F20 to abound with brass.


F20 (ek men sidwnov polucalkou) . Homer. Odyss. 15. l. 424.
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