Deuteronomy 32:30
Good News Translation
Why were a thousand defeated by one, and ten thousand by only two? The LORD, their God, had abandoned them; their mighty God had given them up.

Contemporary English Version
How could one enemy soldier chase a thousand of Israel's troops? Or how could two of theirs pursue ten thousand of ours? It can only happen if the LORD stops protecting Israel and lets the enemy win.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How should one pursue after a thousand, and two chase ten thousand? Was it not, because their God had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?

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How should one pursue after a thousand, and two chase ten thousand? Was it not, because their God had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?

one chase

Leviticus 26:8 Five of yours shall pursue a hundred others: and a hundred of you ten thousand. Your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Joshua 23:10 One of you shall chase a thousand men of the enemies: because the Lord your God himself will fight for you, as he hath promised.

Judges 7:22,23 And the three hundred men nevertheless persisted sounding the trumpets. And the Lord sent the sword into all the camp, and they killed one another, . . .

1 Samuel 14:15-17 And there was a miracle in the camp, in the fields: and all the people of their garrison, who had gone out to plunder, were amazed, and the earth trembled: and it happened as a miracle from God. . . .

2 Chronicles 24:24 And whereas there came a very small number of the Syrians, the Lord delivered into their hands an infinite multitude, because they had forsaken the Lord the God of their fathers: and on Joas they executed shameful judgments.

Isaiah 30:17 A thousand men shall flee for fear of one: and for fear of five shall you flee, till you be left as the mast of ship on the top of a mountain, and as an ensign upon a hill.

sold them

Judges 2:14 And the Lord being angry against Israel, delivered them into the hands of plunderers: who took them and sold them to their enemies, that dwelt round about: neither could they stand against their enemies:

Judges 3:8 And the Lord being angry with Israel, delivered them into the hands of Chusan Rasathaim, king of Mesopotamia, and they served him eight years.

Psalm 44:12 Thou hast given us up like sheep to be eaten: thou hast scattered us among the nations.

Isaiah 50:1 Thus saith the Lord: What is this bill of the divorce of your mother, with which I have put her away? or who is my creditor, to whom I sold you: behold you are sold for your iniquities, and for your wicked deeds have I put your mother away.

Isaiah 52:3 For thus saith the Lord: You were sold gratis, and you shall be redeemed, without money.

Matthew 18:25 And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

shut them

Job 11:10 If he shall overturn all things, or shall press them together, who shall contradict him?

Job 16:11 God hath shut me up with the unjust man, and hath delivered me into the hands of the wicked.

Psalm 31:8 And thou hast not shut me up in the hands of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a spacious place.

Context
The Song of Moses
29O that they would be wise and would understand, and would provide for their last end. 30How should one pursue after a thousand, and two chase ten thousand? Was it not, because their God had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?31For our God is not as their gods: our enemies themselves are judges.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:7
You shall pursue your enemies: and they shall fall before you.

Leviticus 26:8
Five of yours shall pursue a hundred others: and a hundred of you ten thousand. Your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Deuteronomy 32:4
The works of God are perfect, and all his ways are judgments: God is faithful and without any iniquity, he is just and right.

Judges 2:14
And the Lord being angry against Israel, delivered them into the hands of plunderers: who took them and sold them to their enemies, that dwelt round about: neither could they stand against their enemies:

1 Samuel 2:2
There is none holy as the Lord is: for there is no other beside thee, and there is none strong like our God.

1 Chronicles 12:14
These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the army: the least of them was captain over a hundred soldiers, and the greatest over a thousand.

Psalm 31:8
And thou hast not shut me up in the hands of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a spacious place.

Psalm 44:12
Thou hast given us up like sheep to be eaten: thou hast scattered us among the nations.

Isaiah 30:17
A thousand men shall flee for fear of one: and for fear of five shall you flee, till you be left as the mast of ship on the top of a mountain, and as an ensign upon a hill.

Isaiah 50:1
Thus saith the Lord: What is this bill of the divorce of your mother, with which I have put her away? or who is my creditor, to whom I sold you: behold you are sold for your iniquities, and for your wicked deeds have I put your mother away.

Additional Translations
How could one man pursue a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up?How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

How should one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, And Jehovah had delivered them up?

How should one pursue a thousand, and two rout tens of thousands, if God had not sold them, and the Lord delivered them up?

How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Were it not that their Rock had sold them, And Jehovah had delivered them up?

How should one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had delivered them up?

How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and Yahweh had delivered them up?

How doth one pursue a thousand, And two cause a myriad to flee! If not -- that their rock hath sold them, And Jehovah hath shut them up?
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