D E U T E R O N O M Y
The design of Moses in this chapter is to convince
the people of Israel of their utter unworthiness to receive from
God those great favours that were now to be conferred upon them,
writing this, as it were, in capital letters at the head of their
charter, "Not for your sake, be it known unto you," Ezek. xxxvi. 32. I. He assures them
of victory over their enemies, ver.
1-3. II. He cautions them not to attribute their
successes to their own merit, but to God's justice, which was
engaged against their enemies, and his faithfulness, which was
engaged to their fathers, ver.
4-6. III. To make it evident that they had no reason to
boast of their own righteousness, he mentions their faults, shows
Israel their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins. In
general, they had been all along a provoking people, ver. 7-24. In particular, 1. In the
matter of the golden calf, the story of which he largely relates,
ver. 8-21. 2. He mentions
some other instances of their rebellion, ver. 22, 23. And, 3. Returns, at ver. 25, to speak of the intercession
he had made for them at Horeb, to prevent their being ruined for
the golden calf.