English Standard Version
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
King James Bible
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
American Standard Version
For what great nation is there, that hath a god so nigh unto them, as Jehovah our God is whensoever we call upon him?
Neither is there any other nation so great, that hath gods so nigh them, as our God is present to all our petitions.
English Revised Version
For what great nation is there, that hath a god so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is whensoever we call upon him?
Webster's Bible Translation
For what nation is there so great, which hath God so nigh to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The Israelites were to hearken to the laws and rights which Moses taught to do (that they were to do), that they might live and attain to the possession of the land which the Lord would give them. "Hearkening" involves laying to heart and observing. The words "statutes and judgments" (as in Leviticus 19:37) denote the whole of the law of the covenant in its two leading features. חקּים, statutes, includes the moral commandments and statutory covenant laws, for which חק and חקּה are mostly used in the earlier books; that is to say, all that the people were bound to observe; משׁפּטים, rights, all that was due to them, whether in relation to God or to their fellow-men (cf. Deuteronomy 26:17). Sometimes המּצוה, the commandment, is connected with it, either placed first in the singular, as a general comprehensive notion (Deuteronomy 5:28; Deuteronomy 6:1; Deuteronomy 7:11), or in the plural (Deuteronomy 8:11; Deuteronomy 11:1; Deuteronomy 30:16); or העדת, the testimonies, the commandments as a manifestation of the will of God (Deuteronomy 4:45, Deuteronomy 6:17, Deuteronomy 6:20). - Life itself depended upon the fulfilment or long life in the promised land (Exodus 20:12), as Moses repeatedly impressed upon them (cf. Deuteronomy 4:40; Deuteronomy 5:30; Deuteronomy 6:2; Deuteronomy 8:1; Deuteronomy 11:21; Deuteronomy 16:20; Deuteronomy 25:15; Deuteronomy 30:6, Deuteronomy 30:15., Deuteronomy 32:47). ירשׁתּם, for ירשׁתּם (as in Deuteronomy 4:22, Joshua 1:16; cf. Ges. 44, 2, Anm. 2).
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that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
"For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of.
and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised."
2 Samuel 7:23
And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods?
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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