Deuteronomy 32:5 -God's children or Not God's children?

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Deuteronomy 32:5 -God's children or Not God's children?

Postby brandplucked » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:02 pm

Deuteronomy 32:5 -God's children or Not God's children?

Tremendous error and contradiction have been introduced into this section of Scripture by the NKJV, NIV, RSV, Holman, ESV and NASB “bibles”. This is part of the song of Moses which says in verses 3-5: “I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

The next verse is where the lies of the modern versions enter. The true Holy Bible says: “They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?”

If you look at the context, in the previous chapter God told Moses that the people would enter the promised land and would go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land and turn to other gods. God knew this before He brought them into the land, so their entering the land did not depend on their foreseen obedience to the law, but rather because of the covenant of grace made with Abraham.

They are still His children whom He bought (verse 6) , His people and His inheritance (verse 9) and verse 19 still refers to them as “his sons and daughters”. They are His children even though disobedient, just as your child is still your child no matter what he does.

Many verses bring out this truth that God's redeemed people, His own children, are capable of corrupting themselves with the spot of idolatry. Here are just a few found right here in the book of Deuteronomy.

In Deuteronomy 4:15-20 God tells His people: "Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye CORRUPT yourselves, and make you a graven image...But the LORD hath taken be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day."

In Deuteronomy 9:12 Moses rehearses how he had been 40 days and 40 nights in Mount Horeb where God gave him the tables of the covenant. While Moses was in the mount, God spoke to him and said: "Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt HAVE CORRUPTED themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image."

Yet in the rest of chapter nine, Moses asks God not to destroy "thy people and thine inheritance which thou hast redeemed...they are thy people and thine inheritance." Though they had corrupted themselves with false gods, they were still His children and His redeemed people.

In Deuteronomy 31:29 Moses tells the children of Israel even before they enter the promised land: "For I know that after my death, ye will utterly CORRUPT yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands."

John Gill comments on Deuteronomy 32:5: "their spot is not the spot of his children - Christ the rock has children given him by his Father, in whose adoption he has a concern, and by whose Spirit they are regenerated: these have their "spots"; by which are meant sins, and by those men are stained and polluted;... by nature they are as others, and while in an unregenerate estate, and indeed after conversion; though they are washed from their sins by the blood of Christ, and are justified by his righteousness, and so without spot, yet in themselves they are not without spots or sins, as their confessions and complaints, and all experience testify."

God’s children did corrupt themselves with strange gods, and the spot or blemish they had was the idolatrous practices of other people, but they are still His children, bought by God and belonging to Him as the rest of Deuteronomy chapter 32 shows.

Other versions that agree with the King James Bible in Deuteronomy 32:5 in teaching they are still His children are Darby, Youngs, Spanish Reina Valera Bibles, the Hebrew-English JPS translation of 1917, the 2004 Judaica Press Tanach, Webster’s 1833 translation, the Third Millenium Bible. Even Dan Wallace's NET version got it right, saying: "His people have been unfaithful to him; they have not acted like his children – this is their sin. They are a perverse and deceitful generation."

The Judaica Press Tanach 2001 reads this portion as: "it is His children's defect you crooked and twisted generation." They are still His children.

The modern Complete Jewish Bible agrees that the children of Israel are still the children of God, saying: ""He is not corrupt; the defect is in his children, a crooked and perverted generation."

The Spanish Reina Valera versions 1602, 1909, 1960, 1995 all clearly say that they are His children, even though they have the stain of sin. "La corrupción no es suya; de sus hijos es la mancha, generación torcida y perversa." Translation- "Corruption is not His; of His children is the stain, a twisted and perverse generation."

The 1917 Jewish Publication Society reads differently but retains the correct meaning saying: "Just and Right is He. Is corruption His? No; His children's is the blemish."

The 1989 NRSV is different from all other versions, including the RSV and the ESV. It says: "just and upright is he; yet his degenerate children have dealt falsely with him...Is not he your father?" Then in a footnote tells us the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. At least the NRSV still teaches that they are His children, though degenerate ones at that.

Now look at the NKJV in Deut. 32:5. “They have corrupted themselves: THEY ARE NOT HIS CHILDREN, Because of their blemish.” The NASB is similar with: “They are not His children because of their defect”. The Holman Standard says: "this is their defect - they are not His children." These versions tell us they are not His children, and then in the very next verse tell us they are His children because He is their Father and He bought them!

Once again we can see the purification of God's words in the English language until we get to its "purified seven times" perfection in the King James Bible.  Both the earlier Bishops' Bible 1568 and the later Geneva Bible 1587 had it wrong.  The Bishops' Bible read: "Frowardly haue they done agaynst hym by their vices, NOT BEYNG HIS OWNE CHILDREN, but a wicked and frowarde generation."

The Geneva Bible also had it wrong by telling us that the children of Israel were NOT His children, and this again contradicts with the very next verse, even in the Geneva Bible. The Geneva Bible reads: "They haue corrupted them selues towarde him by their vice, NOT BEING HIS CHILDREN, but a frowarde and crooked generation."

The NIV, RSV, and ESV are even worse with: “to their shame THEY ARE NO LONGER HIS CHILDREN”. This teaches the doctrine that one can be a child of God and then lose it and no longer be His child, yet verses 6 and 19 still refer to them as His children.

The RSV, NIV, ESV and Holman Standard further confuse correct doctrine and hide the truth by mistranslating verse six where we read: "Is not he thy father that HATH BOUGHT thee?"

The correct reading that God had BOUGHT them is found in the Revised Version, the ASV, NKJV, NASB and several others. The Hebrew word means "to buy, to purchase, to redeem, and to possess." It does not mean "Creator".

It refers to such passages as Exodus 15 where Moses and the children of Israel sang the great song of deliverance from Egypt saying: "The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation...Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast REDEEMED...till the people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou HAST PURCHASED."

However instead of saying: "Is not he thy father that hath BOUGHT thee?", the NIV, RSV, ESV, and Holman say: "Is he not your father, YOUR CREATOR, who made you?" This rendering destroys the meaning of God buying or redeeming them, and merely teaches that He created them.

Perverted bible versions pervert the truths of God. "Ye have perverted the words of the living God" Jeremiah 23:36
"Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" Zechariah 3:2
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