33 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. The Lord came — Namely, to the Israelites; manifested himself graciously and gloriously among them. The law itself was “ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator” (Galatians 3:19). And he said What follows, of which, in some things, he was an eye and ear witness, and in others was inspired by the Spirit of God, to deliver his mind and will concerning the future case and state of the several tribes, after he had observed the common benefit and blessing they all enjoyed, by having such a law given them in the manner it was: Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.. a. Moses the man of God: As he looked at Israel with a shepherd’s heart, he could not leave them without blessing them.It must be this way. What does this verse really mean? Read full chapter [10] On this expression see an additional note at the end of the book. His light rose from Sinai, and the tops of the hills of Seir caught its rays. The only question is whether dath, “law,” can be reasonably supposed to have occurred in the Mosaic writings. And there came from the ten thousands of holiness, From His right hand, a fire of law [10] for them.”. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. Deuteronomy 33:12 Translation & Meaning. Deuteronomy 33:27(NASB) Verse Thoughts. 2 And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. Possibly the word was taken as ashdoth (plural of the Chaldee ashda), meaning “rays” (of light?) The three Targums all take dath to be “law” in this place. he shined forth from Mount Paran: in which the metaphor of the sun rising is continued, and as expressive of its increasing light and splendour: near to this mount was a wilderness of the same name, through which the children of Israel travelled, and where the Lord appeared to them: here the cloud rested when they removed from Sinai; here, or near it, the Spirit of the Lord was given to the seventy elders, and from hence the spies were sent into the land of Canaan, Numbers 10:12; in this wilderness Ishmael and his posterity dwelt, Genesis 21:21; but it was not to them the Lord shone forth here, as say the above Jewish writers, and others (d); but to the Israelites, for here Moses repeated the law, or delivered to them what is contained in the book of Deuteronomy, see Deuteronomy 1:1; beside, in a literal sense, as these mountains were very near one another, as Saadiah Gaon observes, the great light which shone on Mount Sinai, when the Lord descended on it, might extend to the other mountains and illuminate them, see Habakkuk 3:3. and he came with ten thousands of saints: or holy angels, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan, and so Jarchi; which sense is confirmed by the authorities of Stephen the protomartyr, and the Apostle Paul, who speak of the law as given by the disposition of angels, they being present, attending and assisting on that solemn occasion, Acts 7:57; see Psalm 68:17; the appearance of those holy spirits in such great numbers added to the grandeur and solemnity of the giving of the holy law to the people of Israel, as the attendance of the same on Christ at his second coming will add to the lustre and glory of it, Luke 9:26. from his right hand went a fiery law for them: the Israelites; Aben Ezra thinks the phrase, "his right hand", is in connection with the preceding clause; and the sense is, that fire came from the law, thousands of saints were at the right hand of God to surround Israel, as the horses of fire and chariots of fire surrounded Elisha; and the meaning of the last words, "a law for them", a law which stands or abides continually; and so the Septuagint version is,"at his right hand angels with him:''no doubt that law is meant which came from God on Mount Sinai, by the ministration of angels, into the hand of Moses; called a fiery law, because it was given out of the midst of the fire, Deuteronomy 5:26; so the Targum of Onkelos. This construction is by far the most simple, and agrees with what we read elsewhere. The only alternative I can suggest is that of the LXX., which cannot be verified with certainty. And it was "the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob," not only from the hereditary obligation under which that people were laid to observe it, but from its being the grand distinction, the peculiar privilege of the nation. The Hebrewsyllable thêth would have nearly the same meaning. To get what Deuteronomy 33:1 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. with flaming fire 2 at his right hand. It is also found in Ezra 8:36. Deuteronomy 33:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Deuteronomy 33:12, NIV: "About Benjamin he said: 'Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.'" It is also possible that the LXX. came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him”, He came with ten thousands of his saints —, And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten. What Does Deuteronomy 33:27 Mean? The preposition is “from,” not “with.” If the verb “he came,” in the fourth line, is taken to refer to God, we must translate: “He came from ten thousands of saints” (to sinful men). Deuteronomy 33 – Moses Blesses the Tribes A. The full blaze of light shone on Paran. The parallels referred to in the notes on the verse show that “fiery law” will yield a good sense. 2 And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. The appearance of God on Sinai is described as a sunrise. But, obviously, these Chaldæan reminiscences would be fewer as the years rolled on. He begins with this, that he may, in the first place, make them sensible of that most signal blessing which God had bestowed upon them, in choosing them to be his peculiar people. ten thousands of saints—rendered by some, "with the ten thousand of Kadesh," or perhaps better still, "from Meribah" [Ewald]. ... Deuteronomy 33:27(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Little by little the eternal Lord of the universe and the omniscient creator of humanity graciously unveiled Himself to mankind and Moses discovered Him to be a refuge and a dwelling place. "the writing of his right hand out of the midst of fire, the law he gave unto us;''and because of its effects on the consciences of men, where it pierces and penetrates like fire, and works a sense of wrath and fiery indignation in them, by reason of the transgressions of it, it being the ministration of condemnation and death on that account; and, because of its use, it serves as a lantern to the feet, and a light to the path of good men: this law may include the judicial and ceremonial laws given at this time; but it chiefly respects the moral law, and which may be said to come from God, who, as Creator, has a right to be Governor of his creature, and to enact what laws he pleases, and from his right hand, in allusion to men's writing with their right hand, this being written by the finger of God; and because a peculiar gift of his to the Israelites, gifts being given by the right hand of men; and may denote the authority and power with which this law came enforced, and Christ seems to be the person from whose right hand it came: see Psalm 68:17. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. A fiery law - more literally as in the margin, with perhaps an allusion to the pillar of fire Exodus 13:21. has “angels” (ἄγγελοι), instead of the combination eshdath. Modern authorities assert that it is properly a Persian word. (1) Now this is the blessing. DEUTERONOMY 33:1. Deuteronomy 33:1 "And this [is] the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death." But since it is found in the Chaldee of Daniel, it was in use among the Chaldæans before the Persian empire. The LXX. the Lord came from Sinai; there he first appeared to Moses, and sent him to Egypt, and wrought miracles by him, and delivered his people Israel from thence, and when they were come to this mount he came down on it, as Aben Ezra, from Gaon, or he came "to" it; so to Zion, Isaiah 59:20, is "out of" or "from Zion", Romans 11:26; here he appeared and gave the law, and from thence went with Israel through the wilderness, and conducted them to the land of Canaan: and rose up from Seir unto them: not to the Edomites which inhabited Seir, as say Jarchi, and the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, but to the Israelites when they compassed the land of Edom; and the Lord was with them, and gave them some signal proofs of his power and providence, kindness and goodness, to them; particularly, as some observe, by appointing a brazen serpent to be erected for the cure those bitten by fiery ones, which was a type of the glorious Redeemer and Saviour, and this was done on the borders of Edom, see Numbers 21:4; for the words here denote some illustrious appearance of the Lord, like that of the rising sun; so the Targum of Onkelos,"the brightness of his glory from Seir was shown unto us;''and that of Jonathan,"and the brightness of the glory of his Shechinah went from Gebal:".