Deuteronomy 29:23-29

23 The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.
24 All the nations will ask: “Why has the LORD done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?”
25 And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their ancestors, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt.
26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.
27 Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book.
28 In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”
29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 29:23-29 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter begins with an intimation of another covenant the Lord was about to make with the people of Israel, De 29:1; and, to prepare their minds to an attention to it, various things which the Lord had done for them are recited, De 29:2-9; the persons are particularly mentioned with whom the covenant would now be made, the substance of which is, that they should be his people, and he their God, De 29:10-15; and since they had seen the idols in Egypt and other countries, with which they might have been ensnared, they are cautioned against idolatry and idolaters, as being most provoking to the Lord, De 29:16-21; which would bring destruction not only on particular persons, but upon their whole land, to the amazement of posterity; who, inquiring the reason of it, will be told, it was because they forsook the covenant of God, and particularly were guilty of idolatry, which, whether privately or openly committed, would be always punished, De 29:22-29.

Cross References 11

  • 1. Isaiah 1:7; Isaiah 6:11; Isaiah 9:18; Isaiah 64:10; Jeremiah 12:11; Jeremiah 44:2,6; Micah 5:11; Isaiah 34:9
  • 2. S Genesis 13:10; Ezekiel 47:11; Jeremiah 17:6
  • 3. S Genesis 19:24,25; Zephaniah 2:9; S Matthew 10:15; Romans 9:29
  • 4. S Genesis 14:8
  • 5. 1 Kings 9:8; 2 Chronicles 36:19; Jeremiah 16:10; Jeremiah 22:8-9; Jeremiah 52:13
  • 6. 2 Kings 17:23; 2 Chronicles 36:21
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 28:15; Da 9:11,13,14
  • 8. Psalms 7:11
  • 9. 1 Kings 14:15; 2 Chronicles 7:20; Psalms 9:6; Psalms 52:5; Proverbs 2:22; Jeremiah 12:14; Jeremiah 31:28; Jeremiah 42:10; Ezekiel 19:12
  • 10. Acts 1:7
  • 11. John 5:39; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:16
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