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1 Moses from mount Nebo views the land.
5 He dies there.
6 His burial.
7 His age.
8 Thirty days' mourning for him
9 Joshua succeeds him.
10 The praise of Moses.
- the mountain. See on ch.
* De 32:49 Nu 27:12; 33:47
- Pisgah. or, the hill. See on
* Nu 21:20 *marg:
- shewed him.
* :4; 3:27 Nu 32:33-40 Eze 40:2 Re 21:10
* Ge 14:14 Jos 19:47 Jud 18:29
* De 11:24 Ex 23:31 Nu 34:6 Jos 15:12
- the city of palm.
* Jud 1:16; 3:13 2Ch 28:15
* Ge 14:2,8; 19:22 Nu 34:3
- This is the land.
* Ge 12:7; 13:15; 15:18-21; 26:3; 28:13 Ps 105:9-11
- I have caused.
* De 3:26,27; 32:52 Nu 20:12 Joh 1:17
- So Moses.
* Jos 1:1 Mal 4:4 Joh 8:35,36 2Ti 2:25 Heb 3:3-6 2Pe 1:1
* Re 15:3
- died there.
* De 31:14; 32:50 Jos 1:1,2
- he buried him.
* Jude 1:9
- an hundred.
* De 31:2 Ac 7:23,30,36
- his eye.
* Ge 27:1; 48:10 Jos 14:10,11
- natural force abated. Heb. moisture fled.
- wept for Moses.
* Ge 50:3,10 Nu 20:29 1Sa 25:1 Isa 57:1 Ac 8:2
- full of the spirit.
* Ex 31:3 Nu 11:17 1Ki 3:9,12 2Ki 2:9,15 Isa 11:2 Da 6:3
* Joh 3:34 Col 2:3
* Nu 27:18-23 Ac 6:6; 8:17-19 1Ti 4:14; 5:22
- the children.
* Jos 1:16-18
- there arose.
* De 18:15-18 Ac 3:22,23; 7:37 Heb 3:5,6
- the Lord.
* De 5:4,5 Ex 33:11 Nu 12:6-8
- In all the signs.
Rather, "with respect to all the signs and wonders," etc.
* De 4:34; 7:19 Ps 78:43-58; 105:26-38
CONCLUDING REMARKS ON DEUTERONOMY & THE PENTATEUCH.
Thus ends the book of Deuteronomy, and with it the Pentateuch,
commonly called the Law of Moses; a work every way worthy of God
its author, and only less than the New Testament, the Law and
Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Its antiquity
places it at the head of all the writings in the world; and the
various subjects it embraces render it of the utmost importance
to every part of the civilized world. Its philosophy, history,
geography, and chronology entitle it to the respect of the whole
human race; while its system of theology and religion
demonstrably proves it to be a revelation from God. The Law of
Moses is more properly the Law of Jehovah, [t"rÉh <08451>
yeh"vÉh <03068>,] torath yehowah, the grand title of the
Pentateuch. Could we conceive Moses to have been the author of
this system, we must consider him more than mortal:--no wisdom
of man has ever yet invented such a Code of Laws. His merit,
however, has been disputed, and his laws severely criticised, by
persons whose interest it was to prove religion a cheat, because
they had none themselves. To some, whose mental taste and
feeling are strangely perverted, everything in heathenism wears
not only the most fascinating aspect, but appears to lay claim
to and possess every excellence; and hence they have called up
Confucius, Menu, Zoraster, and Mohammed himself, to dispute the
palm with Moses! On this subject in general, it may be just
necessary to add, that the utmost that can be said of all laws,
merely human, is, that they restrain vices, through the terror
of punishment. God's law not only restrains vice, but it
infuses virtue. It alone brings man to the footstool of his
Maker; and keeps him dependent on the strong for strength, on
the wise for wisdom, and on the merciful for grace. It abounds
with promises of support, and salvation for the present life,
which no false system dared ever to propose: every where,
Moses, in the most confident manner, pledges his God for the
fulfilment of all the exceeding great and precious promises,
with which his laws are so plentifully interspersed; and while
they were obedient they could say, "Not one word hath failed us,
of all the good things which the Lord our God spake concerning
us." Who that dispassionately reads the Pentateuch, that
considers it in itself and in its reference to that glorious
Gospel which it was intended to introduce, can for a moment deny
it the palm of infinite superiority over all the systems ever
framed or imagined by man? Well might the Israelitish people
triumphantly exclaim, "There is none like the God of Jeshurun!"
and with what striking propriety does the glorious legislator
add, "Happy art thou, O Israel! who is like unto thee? O
people, saved of the Lord!" Finally, the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge, which are amassed in these five books, have enriched
the whole civilized earth, and, indeed, greatly promoted that
very civilization. They have been a kind of text-book to almost
every writer on geology, geography, chronology, astronomy,
natural history, ethics, jurisprudence, political economy,
theology, poetry, and criticism, from the time of Moses to the
present day--books to which the choicest writers and
philosophers in Pagan antiquity, have been deeply indebted; and
which were the text-books to all the prophets--books from which
the flimsy writers against Divine Revelation have derived their
natural religion, and all their moral excellence--books written
in all the energy, and purity, of the incomparable language in
which they are composed; and lastly, books, which for importance
of matter, variety of information, dignity of sentiment,
accuracy of facts, impartiality, simplicity, and sublimity of
narration, tending to improve and ennoble the intellect and
ameliorate the physical and moral condition of man, have never
been equalled, and can only be paralleled by the Gospel of the
Son of God! Fountain of endless mercy, justice, truth, and
beneficence! How much are thy gifts and bounties neglected by
those who do not read this law; and by those who having read it,
are not morally improved by it, and made wise unto salvation!
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