Deuteronomy 32:29
New International Version
If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!

New Living Translation
Oh, that they were wise and could understand this! Oh, that they might know their fate!

English Standard Version
If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern their latter end!

Berean Study Bible
If only they were wise, they would understand it; they would comprehend their fate.

New American Standard Bible
"Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!

King James Bible
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Christian Standard Bible
If only they were wise, they would comprehend this; they would understand their fate.

Contemporary English Version
If you did, you could see where you are headed.

Good News Translation
They fail to see why they were defeated; they cannot understand what happened.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only they were wise, they would figure it out; they would understand their fate.

International Standard Version
O, that they were wise to understand this and consider their future!

NET Bible
I wish that they were wise and could understand this, and that they could comprehend what will happen to them."

New Heart English Bible
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only they were wise enough to understand this and realize what will happen to them!

JPS Tanakh 1917
If they were wise, they would understand this, They would discern their latter end.

New American Standard 1977
“Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that they were wise, if they were prudent, they would understand their latter end!

King James 2000 Bible
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

American King James Version
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

American Standard Version
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They had not sense to understand: let them reserve these things against the time to come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O that they would be wise and would understand, and would provide for their last end.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that they had been wise! they would have understood this, They would have considered their latter end!

English Revised Version
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end!

Webster's Bible Translation
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

World English Bible
Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

Young's Literal Translation
If they were wise -- They deal wisely with this; They attend to their latter end:
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
28Israel is a nation devoid of counsel, with no understanding among them. 29If only they were wise, they would understand it; they would comprehend their fate. 30How 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?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:29
If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commandments always, so that it might be well with them and their children forever.

Deuteronomy 31:29
For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and turn from the path I have commanded you. And in the days to come, disaster will befall you because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger by the work of your hands."

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may present a heart of wisdom.

Isaiah 47:7
You said, 'I will be queen forever.' You did not take these things to heart or consider their outcome.

Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to My commandments, your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like waves of the sea.

Lamentations 1:9
Her uncleanness stains her skirts; she did not consider her end. Her downfall was astounding; there was no one to comfort her. Look, O LORD, on my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed!

Haggai 2:18
Consider carefully from this day forward--from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, the day the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid--consider carefully:

Treasury of Scripture

O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

O that

Deuteronomy 5:29
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Psalm 81:13
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

Psalm 107:15,43
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! …

they would

Isaiah 10:3
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

Isaiah 47:7
And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?







Lexicon
If only
ל֥וּ (lū)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3863: If, would that!

they were wise,
חָכְמ֖וּ (ḥā·ḵə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2449: To be wise

they would understand
יַשְׂכִּ֣ילוּ (yaś·kî·lū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

it;
זֹ֑את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

they would comprehend
יָבִ֖ינוּ (yā·ḇî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

their fate.
לְאַחֲרִיתָֽם׃ (lə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯām)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 319: The last, end, the future, posterity
(29) Consider their latter end.--Have some discernment as to their hereafter, what their destiny was, and what they will miss, if they fail to fulfil it.

Verse 29. - Oh that they were wise, that they understood this; rather, If they were wise they would understand this. They would consider their latter end! i.e. the end to which they were going, the inevitable issue of the course they were taking. 32:26-38 The idolatry and rebellions of Israel deserved, and the justice of God seemed to demand, that they should be rooted out. But He spared Israel, and continues them still to be living witnesses of the truth of the Bible, and to silence unbelievers. They are preserved for wise and holy purposes and the prophecies give us some idea what those purposes are. The Lord will never disgrace the throne of his glory. It is great wisdom, and will help much to the return of sinners to God, seriously to consider their latter end, or the future state. It is here meant particularly of what God foretold by Moses, about this people in the latter days; but it may be applied generally. Oh that men would consider the happiness they will lose, and the misery they will certainly plunge into, if they go on in their trespasses! What will be in the end thereof? Jer 5:31. For the Lord will in due time bring down the enemies of the church, in displeasure against their wickedness. When sinners deem themselves most secure, they suddenly fall into destruction. And God's time to appear for the deliverance of his people, is when things are at the worst with them. But those who trust to any rock but God, will find it fail them when they most need it. The rejection of the Messiah by the Jewish nation, is the continuance of their ancient idolatry, apostacy, and rebellion. They shall be brought to humble themselves before the Lord, to repent of their sins, and to trust in their long-rejected Mediator for salvation. Then he will deliver them, and make their prosperity great.
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