Deuteronomy 11:1.). But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. ... "stroke to stroke" (BDB 619), meaning some kind of assault (cf. III. (Note: When Riehm objects to this, that if such a prohibition had been unnecessary in a future age, in which the people had reached the full consciousness of its national independence, and every thought of the possibility of a reunion with the Egyptians had disappeared, Moses would never have issued it, since he must have foreseen the national independence of the people; the force of this objection rests simply upon his confounding foreseeing with assuming, and upon a thoroughly mistaken view of the prophet's vision of the future. Either implicitly, when he showed his dislike of their return to Egypt, as Exodus 13:17 Numbers 14:3,4; or expressly at this time, The Lord hath now said it to me, and I in his name, and by his command, declare it to you. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. In many passages the horse is mentioned in connexion with warlike operations. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". “Ye shall henceforth return no more that way,” to encounter past trial, guilt, and suffering. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". Even if Moses, as "a great prophet," did foresee the future national independence of Israel, he had also had such experience of the fickle character of the people, that he could not regard the thought of returning to Egypt as absolutely an impossible one, even after the conquest of Canaan, or reject it as inconceivable. Verse Thoughts. It is now a most significant time for the taking of spiritual stock. Do not, therefore, lose the moments in thinking that you will secure the year; but consider that the year is to be redeemed by the consecration of each moment to the Lord Jesus. Some, too, may have had such a time of labour and anxiety that they are glad to think that it is now behind them and not to be renewed. When the people proposed returning, God severely punished them, Numbers xiv. Lest the people might depend on a well-appointed cavalry as a means of security, and so cease from trusting in the strength and protection of God. Reparation may be effected only within narrow limits; and then the wrong done cannot in the most trivial instance be wholly undone. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/deuteronomy-17.html. But the chance is gone. Deuteronomy 17:16 Context. When God says something through His prophets, we should take heed of what they say. For, supposing Moses to be a mere human legislator, like Solon or Lycurgus, what could tempt him to forbid the princes of his country the use of horses and chariots for their defence? Some explain it, that the horses would be brought contrary to God’s command, who had forbidden them to trade (with that people;) (72) but this does not seem appropriate. 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/deuteronomy-17.html. Our afterthought has shown us much to which our forethought was blind; but we cannot alter anything now. I cannot undo what I have done. The popular proverb says, “It is never too late to mend.” True, it is never too late to mend in the present, but always too late to mend in the past. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself — As the manner of other kings was, contrary to the design of God from the beginning. That the princes prospered, and extended their dominion over great countries, when they had neither chariots nor horses, and were ruined and undone when they were strong in these forces? "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". The Biblical Illustrator. To me it seems probable, that this journey was prohibited them, in order that, being mindful of their deliverance, they should be content with their own boundaries. Some partings have in them more than sorrow. Deuteronomy Chapter 17 דְּבָרִים א לֹא-תִזְבַּח לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ שׁוֹר וָשֶׂה, אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה בוֹ מוּם--כֹּל, דָּבָר רָע: כִּי תוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, הוּא. (Deuteronomy 17:1-7) 1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God. (18-22) Commentary on Deuteronomy 16:1-17 (Read Deuteronomy 16:1-17). Deuteronomy 17:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Deuteronomy 17:16, NIV: "The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, 'You are not to go back that way again.'" 1 “Suppose a man marries a woman but she does not please him. “Ye shall henceforth return no more that way,” to undo evil. That way; in the way that leads to that place. When once settled, they might very well defend their possession without the help of cavalry; but to conquer it without cavalry, and from a warlike people abounding in horse, was more than a raw, unpractised infantry could ever have performed alone. Then in the morning return to your tents. The transactions and figures in his books are unalterable. For, first, in the invasion of a country, the invaded can choose their ground: and as it is their interest to avoid coming to a decisive action; so, being amidst their own native stores and provisions, they have it in their power to decline it: on the contrary, the invader must attack his enemies wherever he finds them posted. Secondly, we may observe, that the possessors of mountainous regions may so dispose their cities and fortresses, with which they cover their country, as to make an invader's cavalry absolutely useless; and consequently to have no occasion for one of their own. The Lord hath said — The Lord hath now said to me, and I by his command declare it to you. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". III. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/deuteronomy-17.html. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. But the multiplication of horses would inevitably lead to many evils, to increased contact with foreign nations, especially with Egypt, to the importation of an animal to which the character of the country was not suited, to the establishment of an Oriental military despotism, to proud and pompous parade in peace, to a dependence upon Egypt in time of war, and a consequent withdrawal of trust and confidence in God (2 Samuel 8:4; 1 Kings 10:26; 2 Chronicles 1:16; 2 Chronicles 9:28; Isaiah 31:3). This, again, is a good time for us to give over lackadaisical complainings about short chances in the past. See Div. In the years now behind thee, has the firmament of thy soul often been dull and sunless, and even louring and tempestuous? We are glad that we have escaped, but, even although we should escape another time, we do not desire to be again in the same peril. “Ye shall henceforth return no more by that way” of youth. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 8., and xxxii. Not in so many words, but by consequence, when he showed his displeasure against such as would have made them a captain to go back to Egypt. The culture of the field and the vineyard exhibits the same law. The reasons for the prohibition are apparent. Complete Concise Chapter Contents. The multiplying horses is also forbidden, lest it should raise too great a correspondence with Egypt, which furnished Canaan with them. Now, the question is, why God forbade His people to return by that way? Nothing can be done with the past. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself — As the manner of other kings was, contrary to the design of God from the beginning. The use of these animals was not absolutely prohibited, nor is there any reason to conclude that they might not be employed as part of the state equipage. “Ye shall henceforth return no more that way,” to make imperfect good better. 5 You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the LORD your God gives you 6 except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. It forms an appropriate motto and admonition for the close of the year. 16:21 Deuteronomy 16:21, 22 and 17:1 are one paragraph. These laws have their fulfilment in the domain of spiritual life. Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. (2 Samuel 8:4; 1 Kings 10:26; 2 Chronicles 1:16; 2 Chronicles 9:28; Isaiah 31:3). "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". 22:8; II Chr. Moreover, the prophetic foresight of Moses was not, as Riehm imagines it, a foreknowledge of all the separate points in the historical development of the nation, much less a foreknowledge of the thoughts and desires of the heart, which might arise in the course of time amidst the changes that would take place in the nation. "The law given to the kings of Israel," says Bishop Sherlock, "considered together with the history of that nation, seems a very strong presumption for the divine original of the law of Moses. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” It matters not how black may have been your deed, nor how terrible soever its burden, it must stand. Without can not be used by it self, meaning that it has to be minimum one more condition included (all/at least one,etc) all: "fish", without: "bread", will search for verses that contains "fish" but NOT "bread" start: We may be in equal peril if an accident should occur in this ceaseless rush of our years. Deuteronomy 17:16, Horses • Deuteronomy 17:16…he shall not multiply horses for himself…” • Off-duty work horses trot across a dry wash in the Sierra Baguales in Patagonia, Chile, February 1960.PHOTOGRAPH BY KIP ROSS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 20. (C. S. Robinson, D. D.). This God forbade to prevent. You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God. Touching and sad is the last look of the emigrant leaving his old home and the white cliffs of his native land. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". (Calmet) --- He precludes also the attempt to conquer Egypt. 17. Deuteronomy 17:16. When the Lord said this is not certain; it may be when they proposed to make a captain, and return unto Egypt; or he said this in his providence, this was the language of it ever since they came out of it, or however this he now said; see Deuteronomy 28:68. Thou wilt never tread that path any more. A foresight of the development of Israel into national independence, so far as we may attribute it to Moses as a prophet, was founded not upon the character of the people, but upon the divine choice and destination of Israel, which by no means precluded the possibility of their desiring to return to Egypt, even at some future time, since God Himself had threatened the people with dispersion among the heathen as the punishment for continued transgression of His covenant, and yet, notwithstanding this dispersion, had predicted the ultimate realization of His covenant of grace. When his examinations are over, if his session has been indolent, unsuccessful, he cannot improve the work which has been unsatisfactorily performed. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Deuteronomy 1:12 "How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?" What Does Deuteronomy 6:4 Mean? 10:12, 13; (Ps. Deuteronomy 17:16. But the Lord Jesus has effected a saving work. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". 12:1 the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 # Ex. The past is always seen more correctly after it has become the past than it was when it was present. Horses. Three rules are laid down for the king himself in Deuteronomy 17:16-20. Deuteronomy 17:13 Ver. 20:20; Deut. 3. Deuteronomy 30:19 Meaning of Now Choose Life. is a mournful utterance. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". The paragraph deals with appropriate ways of offering sacrifices. ii., p. 403. Therefore, in order that the recollection of their redemption should be deeply impressed upon their minds, God would have the honor put upon His miracles, that they should avoid those regions like the abysses of death. God has not yet exhausted Himself in apocalypses of splendid radiance to His waiting people. Pride of heart, and contempt of his people. Carnal confidence, which by this means would be promoted. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/deuteronomy-17.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/deuteronomy-17.html. Victor Hugo confessed to his close friends that the most disagreeable advance in age to him had been that from thirty-nine to forty. There is that in the distance "which eye hath not seen nor ear heard." Matthew 21:5). They were to heed His word, obey His commandments, trust in His faithfulness and circumcise their hearts. BibliographyWesley, John. (h) Hilchot Melachim, c. 3. sect. Then, again, this is a good time for us to give over lackadaisical complainings about short chances in the past. So let us seize every moment as it comes, and use it as we shall wish we had done when we look back upon it from eternity. Concerning the purity and perfection of all those animals that were offered in sacrifice (v. 1). ', To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses, forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, ye shall henceforth return no more that way, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible. For nothing more is related in the history, than that before the time of Solomon the Israelites had not cultivated the rearing of horses, and that David only kept 100 of the war-horses taken from the Syrians for himself, and had the others put to death (2 Samuel 8:4). The Lord, it may be, laid Himself out with parental tenderness to purify thee by disappointment, crosses, and suffering. 16. We feel regarding them as one does who has come safely out of a terrible railway accident, or who sets his foot on land after a dangerous and tempestuous voyage. Deuteronomy 17:16 New International Version (NIV). Go to, "Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, `You shall never again return that way. The reason and the effect of this law are pointed out by Bochart's 'Hierozoicon;' by Paxton, 'Natural History,'. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness, and as God's elect nation, Israel was expected to trust in the Lord with all their heart and soul and mind and strength. The Lord hath said: when or where? “But,” said his companion, “I should think it a great deal brighter to be forty than fifty.” “Not at all,” replied Hugo, gaily; “forty years is the old age of youth, while fifty is the youth of old age.” Ah, just think how many fine chances yet wait for a brave heart in the beautiful future which we hope to enter on after next New Year’s day! What is to be done with it? "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". He cannot transport industry into past idleness, nor introduce a single item of gain into past losses. 29. Nor cause the people to return to Egypt; either for habitation, or for trade. The first reason, which was expressly delivered with the law, is, properly, religious. Horses: chariotry for war. 4. Deuteronomy 13. And some there are who have had such a fierce fight with temptation, and have come out of it, victorious indeed, yet with such exhaustion that they cannot but rejoice in the thought that now it is all behind them in “the irrevocable past.” They are glad for the result, but they would not willingly go back into the agony of the conflict. (1-17) Of judges, Groves and images forbidden. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". If we please, we can obtain, through the great atonement, acceptance with God notwithstanding our sins. sæc. The path of time gone by is closed. Moses saw in the corruptions of Egyptian life the danger there was to the people in a close connexion with that country. Many OT scholars of our day say that Deuteronomy is the book that was found during Josiah's reform hundreds of years later during the monarchial period, and that it was written by the priests then to centralize worship at Jerusalem (cf. 2 “When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman among you might do evil in the sight of the Lord your God and violate the covenant. Book of Deuteronomy Summary. But does anybody really want to do that? Deut. And no leaven shall be seen among yo… 34:14-15). But does anybody really want to do that? The charge of this chapter is, I. 3. The effects of human action are as unchangeable. (B. 1765. The Lord has borne your sins. Following the judgements in Eden, the flood and the tower of Babel man continued to rebel against the Lord and delighted to serve and worship the creation rather than the Creator, and so God took the little nation of Israel to be His chosen people.. His holy, set-apart mouthpiece on earth - to proclaim the good news of … 4., and xii. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. The glory of every true life is in the time to come. He stands between the sinner and the woe that pursues him. Deuteronomy 17:16. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/deuteronomy-17.html. The gathering of large supplies of horses would necessitate great commercial intercourse with Egypt. Does it mean that if a man has an injury to his testicles that he will not be allowed into heaven? (W. M. Taylor, D. D.). So this text, taken as an assurance, that we cannot re-live our lives, or go again through the experiences of the past, has in it an element of comfort. Deuteronomy 17:17. Throw away no lessons which it offers. King Benjamin protected his people from enemies and apparently had a military, but his trust was not in the arm of flesh but in the Lord. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17:16". Solomon received 666 talents of gold per year [], besides what he collected from the merchants, traders, Arabian kings, and governors of the land [].. King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; 600 measures of gold were used for each shield []. He appears constantly in Scripture as the symbol and embodiment of fleshly strength and the might of the creature (compare Psalm 20:7; Psalm 33:16-17; Psalm 147:10; Job 39:19 ff), and is sometimes significantly spoken of simply as “the strong one” (compare Jeremiah 8:16). 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