Deuteronomy 9:6
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New International Version
Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.

New Living Translation
You must recognize that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not--you are a stubborn people.

English Standard Version
“Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people.

New American Standard Bible
"Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.

King James Bible
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

Christian Standard Bible
Understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.

Good News Translation
You can be sure that the LORD is not giving you this fertile land because you deserve it. No, you are a stubborn people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people."

International Standard Version
Know that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving to you this good land to inherit, for you are a stubborn people."

NET Bible
Understand, therefore, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is about to give you this good land as a possession, for you are a stubborn people!

New Heart English Bible
Know therefore, that the LORD your God doesn't give you this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff-necked people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So understand this: It's not because you've been living right that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess. You are impossible to deal with!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Know therefore that it is not for thy righteousness that the LORD thy God giveth thee this good land to possess it; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

New American Standard 1977
“Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Understand, therefore, that the LORD thy God does not give thee this good land to inherit because of thy righteousness, for thou art a stiffnecked people.

King James 2000 Bible
Understand therefore, that the LORD your God gives you not this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff-necked people.

American King James Version
Understand therefore, that the LORD your God gives you not this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff necked people.

American Standard Version
Know therefore, that Jehovah thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Know therefore that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this excellent land in possession for thy justices, for thou art a very stiffnecked people.

Darby Bible Translation
Know therefore that Jehovah thy God doth not give thee this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiff-necked people.

English Revised Version
Know therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

Webster's Bible Translation
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiff-necked people.

World English Bible
Know therefore, that Yahweh your God doesn't give you this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff-necked people.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast known, that not for thy righteousness is Jehovah thy God giving to thee this good land to possess it, for a people stiff of neck thou art.
Study Bible
Assurance of Victory
5"It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 6"Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people. 7"Remember, do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 9:13
"The LORD spoke further to me, saying, 'I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people.

Deuteronomy 10:16
"So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.

Deuteronomy 31:27
"For I know your rebellion and your stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the LORD; how much more, then, after my death?

Ezekiel 36:22
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.
Treasury of Scripture

Understand therefore, that the LORD your God gives you not this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff necked people.

Understand

Deuteronomy 9:3,4 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD your God is he which …

Ezekiel 20:44 And you shall know that I am the LORD when I have worked with you …

giveth thee Moses repeats this a third time, that, if it were possible, he might root out of the Israelites the opinion of their own deserts, before God rooted out the Canaanites from their country.

a stiff-necked

Deuteronomy 9:13 Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, …

Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

Exodus 32:9 And the LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, …

Exodus 33:3 To a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the …

Exodus 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O LORD, let …

2 Chronicles 30:8 Now be you not stiff necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves …

2 Chronicles 36:13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him …

Psalm 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; …

Isaiah 48:3,4 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went …

Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send you to …

Zechariah 7:11,12 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

(6) Understand therefore.--Literally, and thou knowest. Three times the formula occurs in these verses. "The children of Anak thou knowest; and thou knowest the Lord thy God; and (thirdly) thou knowest thyself too."

A stiffnecked people.--The metaphor seems to be taken from a camel or other beast of burden, who hardens his neck, and will not bend it for the driver.

Verse 6. - Stiffnecked, hard of neck; stubborn, obstinate, rebellious. Understand therefore that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness,.... This is again repeated to impress it upon their minds, that it was not for any goodness of theirs, but as a gift of divine goodness to them, that they were put into the possession of the good land, which greatly exceeded any merits of theirs, and was entirely owing to the kindness of God to them, and not to any righteousness of theirs; and this he frequently inculcates, that they might have a thorough understanding of it. And so the doctrines of justification by the righteousness of Christ, and not man's, and of salvation by the grace of God, and not the works of men, are points of knowledge and understanding; and to lead men into an acquaintance with them is the general design of the Gospel; and he cannot be reckoned an understanding man, but ignorant of God and his righteousness, of the law and the spirituality of it, of Christ and the way of salvation by him, of the Spirit and of spiritual things, of the Gospel and its doctrines, nor can he be wise unto salvation, who expects to get to heaven by his own works of righteousness; and it might be added, that he is ignorant of himself, of his state and condition, of his sinfulness and vileness, and of the nature of his best works; as the Israelites in a good measure seemed to be, whose conviction is laboured in the following part of this chapter:

for thou art a stiffnecked people; refractory and unruly, like an heifer unaccustomed to the yoke, that draws back from it, and wriggles its neck out of it; so untoward and perverse were this people, and disobedient to the commands of God; wherefore there was no show of reason that they were put into the possession of Canaan for their righteousness; and to make it appear that they were such a people as here described, several instances are given. 9:1-6 Moses represents the strength of the enemies they were now to encounter. This was to drive them to God, and engage their hope in him. He assures them of victory, by the presence of God with them. He cautions them not to have the least thought of their own righteousness, as if that procured this favour at God's hand. In Christ we have both righteousness and strength; in Him we must glory, not in ourselves, nor in any sufficiency of our own. It is for the wickedness of these nations that God drives them out. All whom God rejects, are rejected for their own wickedness; but none whom he accepts are accepted for their own righteousness. Thus boasting is for ever done away: see Eph 2:9,11,12.
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