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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Deuteronomy 11:21

 

 

so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The sense is: “Keep the covenant faithfully, and so shall your own and your children‘s days be multiplied as long as the heaven covers the earth.” The promise of Canaan to Israel was thus a perpetual promise, but also a conditional one.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/deuteronomy-11.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

That your days may be multiplied,.... Long life being a very desirable blessing, and which is promised to those that obey and keep the law; see Deuteronomy 30:19.

and the days of your children; which are dear to parents, and the continuance of whose lives, next to their own, is most desirable, yea, as desirable as their own; and especially it is desirable that they might have a posterity descending from them, to enjoy for ever their estates and possessions; as it was to the people of Israel, that they might have a seed always to dwell

in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them; the land of Canaan, so often spoken of as the promise, oath, and gift of God:

as the days of heaven upon the earth; that is, as long as the heavens and the earth shall be, and the one shall be over the other, as they will be to the end of time.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/deuteronomy-11.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as g the days of heaven upon the earth.

(g) As long as the heavens and earth endure, (2 Peter 3:10) , (2 Peter 3:12).

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/deuteronomy-11.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

As the days of heaven — As long as the heaven keeps its place and continues its influences upon earth.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/deuteronomy-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Deuteronomy 11:21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

Ver. 21. As the days of heaven,] i.e., As long as the world standeth. Hence haply we may conceive hope of the repentance of the Jews, and their re-establishment in this Promised Land.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/deuteronomy-11.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

Deuteronomy 11:21

The text shows us a Divine method in providence; a law for individual and national life, and for the larger life of the race; a law borne witness to by the history of the people whose history is a light for all time, and by which we have gleams through experience of bitter times, foretastes and earnests of the inheritance of light, periods filled with special mercy and truth, times of quickening and spiritual growth, days of heaven upon earth.

I. The first days of the Christian revelation were, in the highest and most absolute sense, days of heaven upon earth. And these days still return to us. Times of revival are simply repetitions on a smaller scale of the first days of the Church.

The old doctrines, the old familiar facts of the Gospel, are transfigured as Christ was. They rise, as He rose, from the dead, and again we behold the miracle of a nation being born in a day.

II. The times when the soul is open to the revelations and offers of Divine life are days of heaven upon earth. The dawns and sunsets of these days are in the soul itself. "Be not disobedient to the heavenly vision." While the light of it is shining walk in the light. It is the light which is the life both of God and man.

III. The coming of Christ into a life is the beginning of days of heaven for that life. That would be a day of heaven to Zaccheus when Christ said to him, "To-day I must abide at thy house." Suddenly, by Christ's visit, life changes for him, and the poor lorn, lost, hated Zaccheus has a song in his heart, and a heart resolute to be on God's side and do God's will.

IV. Times of service under Christ are days of heaven upon earth. The time spent in Christian service seems to expand, to become more capacious for enterprise, more filled with opportunity, until we come, in our experience of it, to have vivid conceptions of the state concerning which it is written, "There is no night there," and real gleams of days of heaven upon earth.

V. The beautiful days of earth are types and sometimes actual realisations of such days of heaven.

VI. Christ is the Light which makes days of heaven possible. And such days fail of their purpose if they fail to increase our joy in Him.

A. MACLEOD, Days of Heaven upon Earth, p. 1.


References: Deuteronomy 11:21.—G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 326. Deuteronomy 11:26-32.—Parker, vol. iv., p. 212.




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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "Sermon Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/deuteronomy-11.html.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 21. As the days of heaven upon the earth This phrase signifies a long time, indefinitely. So it is said of David in the Psalms, His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. Psalms 89:29. Baruch says, that the Jews in Babylon were commanded to pray for Nebuchadnezzar and his son, that their days might be upon earth as the days of heaven. Such hyperbolical expressions are usual in all languages, and found in the best writers of antiquity. See, for example, Virgil AEn. 1: ver. 612.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/deuteronomy-11.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. As long as this visible world lasts, whilst the heaven keeps its place and continues its influences upon earth, until all these things be dissolved. Compare Psalms 72:5 81:15 89:29 Jeremiah 33:25.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/deuteronomy-11.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

21. As the days of heaven upon the earth — If obedient to these precepts, faithful to Jehovah your God, the goodly land will be yours and your children’s as long as heaven is above the earth. Deuteronomy 11:18-21 is, in part, a repetition of Deuteronomy 6:6-9.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/deuteronomy-11.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Deuteronomy 11:21. As the days of heaven — As long as the heaven keeps its place, and continues its influences upon the earth. Thus the psalmist says of the son of David, the Messiah, His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.


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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". Joseph Benson's Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/deuteronomy-11.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Earth, as long as the world shall endure. The psalmist (Psalm lxxxviii. 30,) expresses the duration of the reign of the Messias nearly in the same terms. See Baruch i. 2. (Calmet) --- If the Jews had continued faithful to God, and had submitted to the Messias, they might never have been banished from their country. (Haydock)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/deuteronomy-11.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(21) In the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them.—“It is not written here ‘to give you,’ but ‘to give them.’ Hence we find the resurrection of the dead taught in the Law.” If this were the remark of a Christian commentator, it would be thought fanciful; but it is only the comment of a Jew. And the Jewish belief in the literal fulfilment of these promises to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, simply on the ground of God’s word, is an unquestionable fact, whatever may be thought of it. Comp. Acts 7:5, which is singularly pointed. God “gave him (Abraham) none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on; yet He promised that He would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him,” besides.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/deuteronomy-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
your days
4:40; 5:16; 6:2; Proverbs 3:2,16; 4:10; 9:11
as the days
Psalms 72:5; 89:28,29; Isaiah 65:20; Revelation 20:6

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 11:21". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/deuteronomy-11.html.

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