Deuteronomy 33:4
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New International Version
the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.

King James Bible
Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.

Darby Bible Translation
Moses commanded us a law, The inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.

World English Bible
Moses commanded us a law, An inheritance for the assembly of Jacob.

Young's Literal Translation
A law hath Moses commanded us, A possession of the assembly of Jacob.

Deuteronomy 33:4 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Yea, he loved the people - This is the inference which Moses makes from those glorious appearances, that God truly loved the people; and that all his saints, קדשיו kedoshaiv, the people whom he had consecrated to himself, were under his especial benediction; and that in order to make them a holy nation, God had displayed his glory on Mount Sinai, where they had fallen prostrate at his feet with the humblest adoration, sincerely promising the most affectionate obedience; and that God had there commanded them a law which was to be the possession and inheritance of the children of Jacob, Deuteronomy 33:4. And to crown the whole, he had not only blessed them as their lawgiver, but had also vouchsafed to be their king, Deuteronomy 33:5.

Dr. Kennicott proposes to translate the whole five verses thus: -

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

the inheritance

Deuteronomy 9:26-29 I prayed therefore to the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not your people and your inheritance...

Psalm 119:72,111 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver...

Israel the Beloved
'The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between His shoulders.'--DEUT. xxxiii. 12. Benjamin was his father's favourite child, and the imagery of this promise is throughout drawn from the relations between such a child and its father. So far as the future history of the tribes is shadowed in these 'blessings' of this great ode, the reference of the text may be to the tribe of Benjamin, as specially distinguished by Saul
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Shoes of Iron, and Strength Sufficient: a New Year's Promise
"And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be."--Deuteronomy 33:24-25. I once heard an old minister say that he thought the blessing of Asher was peculiarly the blessing of ministers; and his eyes twinkled as he added, "At any rate, they are usually blessed with children, and it is a great blessing for them if they are acceptable to their
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 35: 1889

On Deut. xxxiii. Ii
On Deut. xxxiii. II Hippolytus, the expositor of the Targum, has said that Moses, when he had finished this prophecy, also pronounced a blessing upon all the children of Israel, by their several tribes, and prayed for them. Then God charged Moses, saying to him, Go up to Mount Nebo, which indeed is known by the name of the mount of the Hebrews, which is in the land of Moab over against Jericho. And He said to him: View the land of Chanaan, which I am to give to the children of Israel for an inheritance.
Hippolytus—The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus

The Best Things Work for Good to the Godly
WE shall consider, first, what things work for good to the godly; and here we shall show that both the best things and the worst things work for their good. We begin with the best things. 1. God's attributes work for good to the godly. (1). God's power works for good. It is a glorious power (Col. i. 11), and it is engaged for the good of the elect. God's power works for good, in supporting us in trouble. "Underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. xxxiii. 27). What upheld Daniel in the lion's den?
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

Cross References
John 7:19
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"

Deuteronomy 4:2
Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

Psalm 119:111
Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

Psalm 147:19
He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.

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