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this custom was so ancient as Moses. Or, blessing to them all, before he begins to 2. To the place where the people waited speak in particular to each tribe : for that is when the law was delivered, which was at meant by “the Lord came from Sinai; ” the foot of the mount. Shall receive of thy where he appeared in a most particular words; the people, easily understood from manner, and from thence promulgated his the foregoing words, did or will receive or law with the greatest solemnity (Exod. xx.). submit to thy instructions and commands. Ile come with ten thousands of saints.] Or, This may respect either, 1. The people's as our Mr. Mede thinks it shouid be transpromise when they heard the law, that they lated, “with his holy ten thousands," or would hear and do all that was commanded, “ myriads;" that is, attended with an inDeut. v. 27. Or, 2. The people's duty to do numerable company of angels, who waited so. 3. The people's privilege, that they were on him at the giving of the law. See admitted to receive so great a privilege as the Psalm lxvii. 7; Dan. vii. 10, of which words and laws of God were.
Enoch, perhaps, prophesied in part, Jude 4 Moses commanded us a law.] Moses 14, 15. And from hence it may be thought, speaks this of himself in the third person, that notion of the Jewish doctors, followed which is very usual in the IIebrew language. by St. Stephen and St. Paul, that the law The law is called their inheritance, partly was given by angels, had its beginning because the obligation of it was hereditary, (Mede, book ii., p. 137); that is, they atpassing from parents to their children, and tended upon God as his ministers when he partly because this was the best part of all bimself gave the law. their inheritance and possessions, the greatest Wont a fiery law for them.] For the law of all those gifts and favours which God be- of Vioses was given out of the midst of fire, stowed upon them.
and therefore called a fire of law, as the 5 And he was king in Jeshuru. Moses' words are in the llebrew (Exod. xix. 16, 18; [Jarchi, Rosen., Ilc, i.e., God; see below] Deut. iv. 11, 12; 1.22-21). The cabalists was their king, not in title, but in reality, (as Reuchlin observes) fancy that God being under God their supreme and incon- wrote the law in a globe of fire, and sent, it trollable governor and lawgiver: though the to them. But the Jerusalem Targum is word oft signifies only a prince or chief more sober, which thus expounds it, " He ruler, as Judy. xix. 1; Jer. xix. 3 ; xlvi. 25. stretched his right hand out of the midst of In Joshurun, i. e., in Israel, so called Deut. tames of fire, and gave the law unto his xxxii. 15. When the heads of the people, people.” And Onkelos still better, “The and the tribes of Israel were gathered in-law written with his right hand he gave us gether: when the princes and people met out of the midst of fire.” Or, as Campeg. together for the management of public 'Vitringa would have this latter part of the affairs, Moses was owned by them as their verse translated, “On his right hand a fire, king and lawgiver, and he directed and and out of the fire a law for them.” The ruled them as their superior. This he saith meaning being, that God came to Mount to show that the people approved and con- 'Simai with that fire; for, in Scripture, to be sented to the authority and law of Moses. on the right hand of any one, is to accompany
Bp. Patrick.-1 The man of Civil. ] Or, him (lib, ü. Observ. Sacr., cap. 1). "the prophet of the Lord," as Onkelos: By the conclusion of this verse it is aptranslates it: for prophets are called ment of parent, that the former part of it belongs God in the holy books (1 Sam. is. (;--; catirely to God's mercy unto the children of 1 Kings xii. 1; 1 Tim. vi. 11; 2 Tim. iii. 17; Israch, upon whom he bestowed his law, in 2 Pet. i. 21), because, in the exercise of their most illustrious tokens of his presence. sacred function, they did not deliver their which makes it highly probable, that his own sense, nor the sense of other men, but the rising up from Seir upon them, and shining mind and will of God who spake by them. I from Mount Pran," belongs to the same
2 The Lord came from Sinai.] In the matter; that is, the cloud wherein he defurst place, he endeavours to make them scended on Sinai, with a vast host of angels, sensible of what God had done already for extended itself so far, as to cover the neighthem; and the chief of all of his benefits bouring mountains of Seir and Paran. being the revelation of his mind and will to Though the meaning may be, as I have them, he commemorates that as a common 'shown, that he continued his presence with
ואתה מריבת קדש מימינו אש אור למו :
וישאו מדברותיו : 6 תורה צוה לנו
מורשה קהלת יעקוב : ו ויהי בישרון מלך בהתאסף ראשי עם יחד שבטי ישראל :
them after they went from Sinai, through all | their journeys in the wilderness of Seir and Paran, till they came to the place where they now were.
Dayan 9N 4 3 And they sat down at thy feet.] The first word (which we translate sat down)
705275 700 0775 being nowhere else found but here and Isa. i. 5, where it plainly hath another sense, hath occasioned various interpretations of this sentence. But most agree in this of Sol Jarchi, that as scholars sat at the feet of their master round about him, while he taught them their lesson, so the people encompassed the mount where God was, and heard his law, which he thence delivered. ! 1 And this is the blessing, wherewith But it is a question, whether there was such Moses, the man of God, blessed the children a custom of scholars in those days; and the of Israel, before his death. And he saidpeople did not sit, but stood at the foot of 2 JEHOVAy came from Sinai, the mount (Esod. xs. 18). Therefore On-| And he arose upon them from Seir ; kelos understands this of their sitting down,' 3 Ile shone forth from mount Paran, or pitching their tents, where the glorious And he came from Meribah-Kadesh : clone that led them rested (Mumb. x. 12, 33). From his riglit hand a fire shone forth
Every one shall receive of thy words.] This upon them. still is commonly referred to the people's 4 Truly, he loved the people, receiving the law. But Onkelos thinks it And he blessed all his saints : hath respect to their journey's at the com- 5 For they fell down at his feet, mandment of the Lord" (Numb. X. 13). And they received of his words. For so he interprets it, “They went forward 6 lle commanded us a law, according to the word.” And so the Jeru- The inheritance of the congregation of salem Targum expounds these and the fore Jacob. going words; “ Behold, they were lid, and 7 And he became king in Jeshurun; came to the foot of his cloud, and weni! When the heads of the people were asforward and rosted, according to the com sembled, mand of his word." It takes in also the Together with the tribes of Israel. other sense of the word tuechu (as it signifies! The general nature of this solemn intro. smiting in Isa. i. 5) in this manner, " Though duction is to shew the foundation, which he inflicted many chastisements upon then, Voses had for blessing luis brethren ; namely, yet they did not cease, nor desist from the because God had frequently manifested his doctrine of the law."
glory in their favour. And the several parts 5 did he was king in Jiskurun.] Or, “for of this introduction are disposed in the folhe was kiny," that is, under God, the lowing order— The manifestation of the supreine ruler and governor of Israel; and Divine glory on Sinai, as it was prior in therefore, in his name, and by his authority, time and more magnificent in splendour, is required them to observe these laws.
properly mentioned first-That God manihen.--1--5 These verses being remarkably tested his glory at Seir, is evident from uintelligible, the following correction and Judy. v. 1: Lord, when thou wentest out translation are offered, with difirence, 10 of Scir, when thon marchedst out of the the learned.
ficles of Edom; the earth trembled, and the heavens droppedl,” &c. The next place is Paran; where “the glory of the Lord ap
ו וזאת הברכה אשר ברך משה .11:)ן איש האלהים את בני ישראל לפני
force : all the children of Israel. יי
2 יהוה מסיני בא
וזרח משעיר למו : 3 הופיע מהר פארן
: 797.773 (Numb. xiv. 10). And we read (Numb.
X. 1) that, towards the end of the forty years, they came to Kadesh, which we learn from rer. 13 was called Meribah, on account of their contentious opposition to the determinations of God in their favour; and there signify; the regular word being D'UT, and the glory of the Lord again appeared, as we it occurs in the third line following. are informed in ver. 6. These, then, says Farther: if 77 could properly be transMoses, were the places, from whence God lated saints; then, according to the rules of manifested his glory, in a fiery appearance ; language, the relative pronoun, next folthe more illustriously to proclaim his special lowing, could have no other antecedent : providence over, and care of, Israel. For and hence it will follow, that the fiery law this is the inference he makes from all those (generally supposed to be expressed in the glorious appearances, “Truly he loved the next words) was given to these saints-he people, and he blessed all his saints,'' i.c., came with ten thousands of saints (i. e., all those, whom he had chose unto himself angels) “ from his right hand went a fiery to be, not only a peculiar people, but also an law” for them. Besides; the word saints holy nation. That, in order to make them very seldom, if ever, signifies angels ; for such, God had displayed his glory on mount the prophecy of Enoch, taken literally, isSinai; where they had fallen prostrate at his Behold, the Lord cometh with his holy feet with the humblest adoration, and vowed myriads : and in Zech. xiv. 5, the Lord my the most sincere obedience. For, that God God shall come, and all 7077, his saints had there commanded them the law, which (not 75, with thee, but probably 90), conwas to be the possession and inheritance of formably to all the ancient versions) with all the children of Jacob. And, to crown him ; where the word saints has frequently the whole, God had not only blessed them 'been applied to “the spirits of just men as their lawgiver, but had also vouchsafed to made perfect.” If the preposition be be their king; honours, which had both thought absolutely necessary before nanny, been conferred at that most solem assembly, 'we may conclude it has been omitted, as it when the chiefs and all their several tribes frequently is elsewhere; and where it was were assembled together. Let us proceed not so likely to be omitted as here, the noun now to the observations, which offer them- beginning with the very same letter : thus selves in favour of the preceding altera- we have no frequently for nad: see also tions.
'page 1.57 of this Dissertation. 1. The words 077 72273 cannot regularly 2. 1957 X 17, from his right hand a signify with ten thousands of saints; because fire of law for them. The word ng is the general senses of > are ab and absque Chaldee; and is not found in any book writ (as in the three instances just before it in the before the captivity, but in this place; and same verse) and because up is not saints but here it is used very obscurely, because it holiness. But Moses seems in this, as in follow's D'x; for certainly a fire of law (if we each of the preceding lines, to have given examine the ideas closely) is a phrase not the name of a place; and who is the constant very intelligible. But farther: the blessing name for Kadesh, otherwise called Veribaha of the law is gratefully acknowledged in Kadesh : and indeed the word is in this very ver. 1, where the law is expressed by its place rendered by the LXX, Kaồns. In the proper word min; and therefore we may eighth verse of this chapter it is called 727), presume it was not intended here in ver. 2, Meribah; but, in the fifty-first verse of this and espressed by the Chald. word i-a former, we have 70173, dioribh-katesh :' word, which is not here acknowledged by the and so in Ezek. vii. 19, 7, 79372, but in Greek and Sir, versions. And that o7 was ch. xlviii. 28, 07. 2017-exactly the same not originally the word here, may be farther as in the instance just quoted from the presumed, because one of the Sam. MSS., chapter preceding, and as in the instance No. jl, reads 17; and in another, No. 50, before us, excepting the change of one letter. the run is placed over the word, as if omitted. The three preceding lines then containing These several reasons concurring against each the name of a place, and these two words the present reading, let i1s see what prospect being (with the change of a single letter) the there may be of a rational emendation; and name of a fourth place, from whence also the perhaps the true sense of this diflicult place Divine glory was manifested in the wildernes: may be best illustrated by its parallel place, it seems preferable to consider these vorils as in the sublime and justly-celebrated ode of implying this place, rather than to translate Ilabakkuk-"T, saints, which it does not properly
3: אליה מתימן יבוא
וקדוש מהר פארן כסה שמים הודו ותהלתו מלאה הארץ : 4 ונגה כאור תהיה קרנים מידי לי ושם חביון עזה :
| originally completed this proposition. And, amidst the uncommon confusion of interI preters and commentators, the Sam. version alone seems to have preserved it. For that version, which in general exactly expresses the words of the text, reads the line here, 75 77 78 772 72103 so that the first word 1999
being the very same, and the second being 3 God came from Teman,
the Chald. word for us, we have the third And the Holy One from Mount Paran; His glory covered the heavens,
is sometimes of the masculine and sometimes And the earth was full of his praise.
of the feminine gender), and this word fills 4 And his brightness was as the sun; | up the line, instead of the present irregular The splendours (issuing forth) from his word ni, or as it has been sometimes writ hand,
017. And indeed this various reading in the For there was the manifestation of his Sam. MSS. strongly confirms this correction ; power.
for, whence can the 1 in 1 be derived, but Before this passage be applied, it may be from the middle of the original word 74, proper to offer a few observations upon it. which has been corrupted in its other two As 78, in Job xxxi. 26, signifies the sun letters? One of the other letters (7) is very (which, being the principal source of light similar to, and therefore may easily have through this system, may properly be called been mistaken for n and (which is exlight, or the light, kat' etoxnv), that ren- tremely observable) the sense with this verb dering seems to improve the sense here. 78 perfectly coincides with the words of As cum is derived from 77, splendere, radios Ilabakkuk before cited; there it is--_“the splendoris emittere, it is much better ren- splendous (issuing forth) from his hand;" dered here splendours than horns. And as and here—“the fire shone forth upon them the hand, and right hand, and arm, are from his right hand." It having been just expressions frequently applied to God, upon presumed, that the 1 in 017 is the middle any signal display of the Divine power, letter of 18, we may remark, that this verb perhaps the hand of God cannot so properly has the , in the preter tense; as appears be said to hide and conceal, as to exert and from Burt. Thesaur., pag. 208, where we manifest his power and majesty; and that read-778 - Cholem per totum præteritum the verl), from whence the noun 79207 is retinet." derived, had this idea of showing forth, is 3. The next line, that requires illustration, evident from several places in the Samaritan is 773 177 50, ommes sancti ejus in manu Version; as Gen. xli. 27, what God is about trâ; and certainly if ever a line wanted to do 277 he hath discovered (or, made illustration, we have such a one now before known) to Pharaoh.
us. Moses, speaking of Jehovah, is here In this illustrious passage then, which is supposed to sayTruly he loved the peoparalld, or at least remarkably similar, to'ple, all his saints are in thy hand!” But that of Moses, we see the brightness or whose saints? And in whose hand? Acsplendour is poetically represented as stream- cording to the l'ulgate the line should be ing from the hand of God; that awful hand, 172 YOTE 4), all his saints are in his hand; which is mighty in operation, and has so and the Chaldee paraphrase gives the same often manifested the Divine power to a sense. This indeed somewhat mends the wondering world. Three', therefore, of the matter; but yet the Syr. version scems to four words here seem to be determined; for, I have preserved the truer reading, which is as in Ilabakkuk the brightness streams from the hand of God, so here the fire fig SSCaspo pesemo proceeds from, or kindles at, the right! hand of Jehovah.
Et omnibus sametis suis benedixit. 791...... CR 1439
This reading of the instead of 773 is a very From his right hand a fire ......to them. small variation, as to the letters; but it
It only remains then to consider here, makes a great improvement in the sense of what was most probably the word, which the line, which is now made perfectly to
agree with the context-“Truly he loved the manded Moses and you? And if such people, and he blessed all his saints.” This language would be absolutely absurd, no reading is confirmed by the Sam. version, friend to the character of Moses will, I supwhich has 7783; which cannot signify in pose, insist upon its having dropped from manu tua, but seems to be Ta with the him on this solemn occasion. But farther : addition of x to express the k'ametz, and a if Moses could have been the person here 7 for a 7. The addition of 1 before the first spoken of (as well as the person here speakword 5has the authority, not only of the ing) he must be also the person intended in Syr. version, but also of the Sam. text. the next verse, as king of Jeshurun or
4. The words ans and 707279 should Israel. But this is a title, which he never asprobably be 17775 and 1077979; because it sumed, or rather disclaimed; see Deut. seems necessary to the sense, that the pro- xvii. 14; and indeed God himself was the noun here suffixed should be of the third only king of Israel before Saul: see 1 Sam. person. There can be no doubt, but the viii. 7, &c. authors of the Greek version read the latter "Tis very probable then, that this word word 1777279, as they have rendered it ato has been inserted by mistake, on account of tov doywv autOV : and the Vulgate has the its remarkable likeness to the very next pronoun in the third person, in both in- word-7203 or 7012 and yet or 7077; for stances; reading--peilibus ejus, and doctrina other instances may be produced, where a illius. The variation seems to have been letter having been negligently omitted or introduced by some ignorant transcriber, added, transcribers hare afterwards inserted who altered these two words, to make them both the proper and improper word, that agree with 77), which had been before cor- they might be sure of having the true readrupted from T. (See page 117.) The ing in one of them. Wherefore, as the context is uniforinly in the third person- transcriber of VS. 1 (2 Kings xv. 17) findJehovah came--he arose--he shone- helored ing some copies had 1709, Ozihu and others -he Blessed: consequently the sense here 1777, Orihu, has inserted both; and as should be they sut down (not at thy, but) at (amb). MS. I bas 1a, Maoth and Dx, his feet, and received of bis vorils. The first ilmolli, in Ezek slv. 2; and lastly, as in of these nouns, though singular in the the printed text of Isaiah xii. 2, are inserted printed Hebrew, is plural not only in the 7", Juk and 717", Jehovah; so here may Sam. text, but in lleh. MSS. 1, 5, 11, 12, have been inserted 7293, Moshe, and 1702, 14, 63 ; in ('amb. 2 ; and in Erfurt 1, 2, 3, 1. Jorshe.-- hennicott's Dissertation on I Chron.
5. That the verb at should be "", will si., page :12:3, &c. be soon evident; because it follows a verb' komuicott's Posthumous Remarks.--Deut. plural, refers likewise to time past, and has xxxii. 1--ī. This introduction to the final the same plural nominative case. Accord- benediction by Moses is generally considered ingly we find, that in the Sam. Pentateuch the as relating only to the Israelites. But the word is 1827, which undoubtedly was at learned Father Hloubigit seems justly to first Wo"; not only because thie', which is suppose, that it relates also to the rest of preserved in the llebrew, is necessary, but mankind, is not excluded from the Divine because the word in the Sam. version is regard ; but who were all to be favoured, in propa, et acceperunt. The Sur., Ari, and future times, with the revelation of God's Chald. versions have this verb in the plural will, as certainly as Israel had been already. number, with the conjunction preecling it. If then these last words of Moses were inThe omission of both at the beginning and tended to celebrate God's universal love to end of this word is just such another cor- men, in Christ and his (iospel; the true transruption, as has been remarked, page 167; lation of the 3d and oth verses may be thiswhere 70 is writ instead of 7.3.
2 Jehovah came from Sinai; 6. That Moses should in this lis final And he arose from Seir upon them; blessing) speak of himself by name, in the leshone forth from mount Paran; third person, is very improbable : and, as ludhucame with ten thousands of saints; the pronous, nobis, occurs in the same From his right hand (went) a fiery luw line, it seems impossible. For could loses for them. say-- Moses commanded 119, i.e., Voses' 3 Truls he loveth (mm) the nations, commandoel me and you, i. c., loses com- And all that are holy he will bless :