The Most Quoted Book

From Koinonia House Archives November 2007 THE MOST QUOTED BOOK - Whose sermons are quoted most in the Bible? The answer may surprise you. Just as the New Testament epistles are our primary interpretive commentary on the historical narratives (the Gospels and Acts), the most venerated portion of the Old Testament - the Torah - has, within it, its primary commentary in the form of three sermons by its principal author, Moses. Moses was Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 2:24-37; History of the Moabites; If we forbear what God forbids, we shall received what He promises, and shall be no losers at last by our obedience, though it may seem for the present to be our loss; Wrong not others, and God shall right thee; Those that meddle with the people of God meddle to their own hurt; and God sometimes ruins His enemies by their own resolves (See Mic. 4:11-13; Rev. 16:14). B.C. 1451

History of the Moabites. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 2:24-37 24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.   25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 2:8-23; The Seed of Esau and Lot Spared (Part 2); The account which Moses gives of the origin of the nations, the Moabites, Edomites, and Ammonites; To show that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; Giants were expelled by those of ordinary stature; for probably these giants, like those before the flood (Gen. 6:4), were notorious for impiety and oppression, which brought the judgments of God upon them, against which their great strength would be on defence. B.C. 1451

The Seed of Esau and Lot Spared (Part 2)   B.C. 1451 Deuteronomy 2:8-23 8 And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Ezion-gaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab.   9 And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 1:9-18; The Charge of the Magistrates; Moses here reminds them of the happy constitution of their government; Judgment must be given according to the merits of the cause, without regard to the qualities of the parties. B.C. 1451

The Charge to Magistrates. B. C. 1451. Deuteronomy 1:9-18 9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone:   10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.   11 (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)   12 How can I myself alone bear your Continue Reading

Deuteronomy 1:1-8; Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount; Moses’s farewell sermon to Israel; When God commands us to go forward in our Christian Course He sets the heavenly Canaan before us for our encouragement. B.C. 1451

D E U T E R O N O M Y CHAPTER I. ________________________________________ The first part of Moses's farewell sermon to Israel begins with this chapter, and is continued to the latter end of the fourth chapter. In the first five verses of this chapter we have the date of the sermon, the place where it was preached (ver. 1, 2, 5), and the time when, ver. 3, 4. The narrative in this chapter reminds them, I. Of the promise God made them of the Continue Reading


THIS book is a repetition of very much both of the history and of the laws contained in the three foregoing books, which repetition Moses delivered to Israel (both by word of mouth, that it might affect, and by writing, that it might abide) a little before his death. There is no new history in it but that of the death of Moses in the last chapter, nor any new revelation to Moses, for aught that appears, and therefore the style here is not, as Continue Reading