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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Deuteronomy 3:24

 

 

`O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

O Lord God, thou hast begun to show thy servant thy greatness and thy mighty hand,.... To give a specimen of the greatness of his power in subduing the two kings and their kingdoms, and delivering them up into the hands of the Israelites. Moses had seen instances of the mighty power of God in Egypt, at the Red sea, and in the wilderness; but this was the beginning of his power, in vanquishing the Canaanites, and putting their land into the possession of the Israelites, as he had promised; of which the Amorites were a part, and a principal nation of them: and thus God, when he begins a work of grace upon the soul of man, begins to show the exceeding greatness of his power, and which is further exerted in carrying it on, and bringing it to perfection:

for what God is there in heaven or in earth that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might? here Moses speaks according to the notion of Heathens, who supposed there were other gods in heaven and in earth besides the true God; and upon this supposition observes, let there be as many as they will, or can be imagined, there is none of them like the Lord God of Israel for power and might; or are able to do such works as he has done, in nature, in the creation of all things out of nothing, in providence, in supporting what he has made, and in governing the world; and in those amazing instances of his power, in bringing down judgments upon wicked men, kings, and kingdoms; and in the deliverance of his own people from them, and putting them and their kingdoms into the possession of them; which were the wondrous works of might Moses had in view, and a sense of which was impressed on his mind at this time.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/deuteronomy-3.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God [is there] in heaven or in earth, that can i do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

(i) He speaks according to the common and corrupt speech of those who attribute power to idols that only belongs to God.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/deuteronomy-3.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

Thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness — Lord, perfect what thou hast begun. The more we see of God's glory in his works, the more we desire to see. And the more we are affected with what we have seen of God, the better we are prepared for farther discoveries.


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Bibliography
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/deuteronomy-3.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Deuteronomy 3:24 O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God [is there] in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

Ver. 24. What god is there?] Whether deputed or reputed?


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/deuteronomy-3.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 24. What god is there in heaven, &c.— Moses here speaks in reference to the popular notion of the times concerning particular and tutelary gods; yet, at the same time, with a full confession of his belief in the omnipotence of Jehovah. St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 8:5 seems plainly to refer to this passage.

See commentary on Deuteronomy 3:29


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/deuteronomy-3.html. 1801-1803.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Lord GOD = Adonai J"ehovah. See App-4. This prayer not mentioned elsewhere.

hand. Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), put for works wrought by the hand.


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Bibliography
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/deuteronomy-3.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?
thy greatness
11:2; Nehemiah 9:32; Psalms 106:2; 145:3,6; Jeremiah 32:18-21
what God
Exodus 15:11; 2 Samuel 7:22; Psalms 35:10; 71:19; 86:8; 89:6,8; Isaiah 40:18,25; Jeremiah 10:6; Daniel 3:29

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/deuteronomy-3.html.

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

"Handfuls of Purpose"

For All Gleaners

"Thou hast begun to skew thy servant thy greatness."— Deuteronomy 3:24

This is what is always happening.

—The broadest revelation is but a beginning of the disclosure of divine riches.—Even if there be no more seed given, the possibilities of growth and development are infinite.—At the last we shall feel that we have but begun to see the greatness of God.—This is the glory of the Bible: no man can read it through with the feeling that he has exhausted its whole meaning.—The Bible grows by being read.—Without doing any violence to words or to historical forms it is felt that again and again new meanings surprise the soul like unexpected light.—The same rule holds good with regard to providence, or the daily ministry of life.—There comes a day in every man"s history when he sees the beginning of the greatness of God in the outlining and direction of his own life.—Looking back to his fancy, his weakness, his poverty, his friendlessness it may be, he is surprised to find how out of the very dust of the earth God has made a man.—It is a singular testimony but universal in the Christian Church that God is never regarded as a dwindling quantity or as a contracting revelation; he is always represented as surprising students, believers, worshippers, with new resources.—He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.—When man has overtaken God he will himself be God.—It is of the very essence of God that he should be unsearchable and his wisdom past finding out.—This should be an encouragement to us in our spiritual education.—Progress should be the law and the motto of every process of spiritual inquiry.—There is always some unattained height, some unmeasured orb, some un-traversed ocean.—"I count not myself to have apprehended."—Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.—All human education is but a series of beginnings.—Finality in religious progress is impossible, and where it is supposed to have been attained the supposition risks the destiny of the soul.


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Parker, Joseph. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 3:24". The People's Bible by Joseph Parker. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jpb/deuteronomy-3.html. 1885-95.

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