Deuteronomy 32:40
New International Version
I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,

New Living Translation
Now I raise my hand to heaven and declare, “As surely as I live,

English Standard Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever,

Berean Study Bible
For I lift up My hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever,

King James Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

New King James Version
For I raise My hand to heaven, And say, “As I live forever,

New American Standard Bible
‘Indeed, I raise My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever,

NASB 1995
‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever,

NASB 1977
‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, And say, as I live forever,

Amplified Bible
‘Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, And say (swear an oath), as I live forever,

Christian Standard Bible
I raise my hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I raise My hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever,

American Standard Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live for ever,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore I have lifted my hands over Heaven and I have said: ‘I live to eternity.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I will lift up my hand to heaven, and swear by my right hand, and I will say, I live for ever.

Contemporary English Version
"I make this solemn promise: Just as I live forever,

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will lift up my hand to heaven, and I will say: I live for ever.

English Revised Version
For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live for ever,

Good News Translation
As surely as I am the living God, I raise my hand and I vow

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I raise my hand toward heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever,

International Standard Version
"I solemnly swear to heaven— I say 'As certainly as I'm alive and living forever,

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I lift up My hand to heaven, And say: As I live for ever,

Literal Standard Version
For I lift up My hand to the heavens, And have said, I live for all time!

NET Bible
For I raise up my hand to heaven, and say, 'As surely as I live forever,

New Heart English Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, 'As I live forever,

World English Bible
For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live forever,

Young's Literal Translation
For I lift up unto the heavens My hand, And have said, I live -- to the age!

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Song of Moses
39See now that I am He; there is no God besides Me. I bring death and I give life; I wound and I heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand. 40For I lift up My hand to heaven and declare: As surely as I live forever, 41when I sharpen My flashing sword, and My hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on My adversaries and repay those who hate Me.…

Cross References
Revelation 4:9
And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne who lives forever and ever,

Revelation 4:10
the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

Revelation 10:5
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven.

Genesis 21:33
And Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

Numbers 14:21
"Yet as surely as I live and as surely as the whole earth is filled with the glory of the LORD,

Psalm 144:8
whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:11
Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.


Treasury of Scripture

For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

Genesis 14:22
And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

Exodus 6:8
And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

Numbers 14:28-30
Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: …









(40, 41) For I lift up my hand.--This is the form in taking an oath. (Comp. Revelation 10:5.) The two verses may be connected thus: "For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, As I live for ever, if I whet my lightning sword, and my hand take hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and repay them that hate me."

Verses 40, 41. - These verses should be read continuously: For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, As I live forever, if I whet my glittering sword, and if my hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, etc. Lifting up the hand to heaven was a gesture intended to express that the person taking an oath appealed to God as a witness of his oath, and who would perish for falsehood (cf. Genesis 14:22); and "as the Lord liveth" was a common formula in taking an oath (cf. Numbers 14:21; 1 Samuel 14:39, 45; Jeremiah 5:2). As God could swear by none greater, he swore by himself (cf. Exodus 6:8; Numbers 14:30; Isaiah 45:23; Jeremiah 22:5; Hebrews 6:17), that if he did come forth to avenge himself of his enemies, he would not spare, but would do thoroughly what he had come forth to do. - Glittering sword; literally, lightning of sword (cf. Ezekiel 21:10 [15]).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I lift up
אֶשָּׂ֥א (’eś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

My hand
יָדִ֑י (yā·ḏî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

heaven
שָׁמַ֖יִם (šā·ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

and declare:
וְאָמַ֕רְתִּי (wə·’ā·mar·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

As surely as I
אָנֹכִ֖י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

live
חַ֥י (ḥay)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

forever,
לְעֹלָֽם׃ (lə·‘ō·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always


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