Deuteronomy 7:6-8

6 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
7 The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
8 But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter the Israelites are exhorted to destroy the seven nations of the land of Canaan, when they entered into it, and to make no alliances with them of any kind, nor suffer any remains of idolatry to continue, De 7:1-5 to observe which, and other commands of God, they are urged from the consideration of their being freely chosen of God above all other people, and of their being redeemed out of the house of bondage, and of the Lord's being a covenant keeping God to them, De 7:6-11 and it is promised them, for their further encouragement to keep the commands of God, that they should have an increase of all temporal good things, and no evils and calamities should come upon them, De 6:12-16, and, lest they should be disheartened at the numbers and might of their enemies, they are put in mind of what God had done for them in Egypt, and of what he had promised to do for them now, De 7:17-20 and they are assured that the nations should be cast out before them by little and little, until they were utterly destroyed, De 7:21-24 and the chapter is concluded with an exhortation to destroy their images, and not admit anything of that sort to be brought into their houses, De 7:25,26.

Cross References 12

  • 1. Exodus 19:6; S Leviticus 27:30; Exodus 19:5-6; 1 Peter 2:9
  • 2. Deuteronomy 26:19; Psalms 30:4; Psalms 37:28; Psalms 50:5; Psalms 52:9; Jeremiah 2:3
  • 3. Deuteronomy 14:2; 1 Kings 3:8; Isaiah 41:9; Ezekiel 20:5
  • 4. S Genesis 17:7; S Exodus 8:22; S Exodus 34:9; Isaiah 43:1; Romans 9:4; Titus 2:14
  • 5. S Genesis 22:17
  • 6. Genesis 34:30
  • 7. Deuteronomy 4:37; Deuteronomy 10:22
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 4:37; 1 Kings 10:9; 2 Chronicles 2:11; Psalms 44:3; Deuteronomy 10:15
  • 9. Exodus 32:13; S Numbers 14:8; Romans 11:28
  • 10. S Exodus 3:20
  • 11. S Exodus 6:6
  • 12. S Exodus 13:14
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