Deuteronomy 9:25

25 I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

Read Deuteronomy 9:25 Using Other Translations

Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.
"So I lay prostrate before the LORD for these forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy you.
“That is why I threw myself down before the LORD for forty days and nights—for the LORD said he would destroy you.

What does Deuteronomy 9:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 9:25

Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights,
as I fell down at the first
Which Jarchi says are the selfsame said above, ( Deuteronomy 9:18 ) , but doubled or repeated, because of the order of his prayer. The words "at the first" are not in the text; and, as before observed, we do not read that Moses fell down at the first forty days he was in the mount, unless it can be thought he did, ( Exodus 32:11 ) , wherefore this falling down seems to be as he fell down at the second forty days; and so this was a third forty days, according to the Jewish writers, and of which opinion were Dr. Lightfoot and others; (See Gill on Exodus 34:28),

because the Lord had said he would destroy you;
threatened them with destruction, and seemed as if it was his intention to destroy them; nay, even after Moses's first prayer, though he bid him go and lead the people on, yet he declared that he would visit their sin upon them, ( Exodus 32:34 ) .

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