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Deuteronomy 1:10

    Deuteronomy 1:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD your God has multiplied you, and, behold, you are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jehovah your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord your God has given you increase, and now you are like the stars of heaven in number.

    Webster's Revision

    Jehovah your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day as the stars of the sky for multitude.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 1:10

    Ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude - This was the promise God made to Abraham, Genesis 15:5, Genesis 15:6; and Moses considers it now as amply fulfilled. But was it really so? Many suppose the expression to be hyperbolical; and others, no friends to revelation, think it a vain empty boast, because the stars, in their apprehension, amount to innumerable millions. Let us consider this subject. How many in number are the stars which appear to the naked eye? for it is by what appears to the naked eye we are to be governed in this business, for God brought Abraham forth abroad, i. e., out of doors, and bade him look towards heaven, not with a telescope, but with his naked eyes, Genesis 15:5. Now I shall beg the objector to come forth abroad, and look up in the brightest and most favorable night, and count the stars - he need not be terrified at their abundance; the more they are, the more he can count; and I shall pledge myself to find a male Israelite in the very last census taken of this people, Numbers 26, for every star he finds in the whole upper hemisphere of heaven. The truth is, only about 3,010 stars can be seen by the naked eye in both the northern and southern hemispheres; and the Israelites, independently of women and children, were at the above time more than 600,000. And suppose we even allow that, from the late discoveries of Dr. Herschel and others with telescopes which have magnified between 35 and 36,000 times, there may be 75 millions of stars visible by the help of such instruments, which is the highest calculation ever made, yet still the Divine word stands literally true: St. Matthew says, Deuteronomy 1, that the generations from Abraham to Christ were 42; now we find at the second census that the fighting men among the Hebrews amounted to 603,000; and the Israelites, who have never ceased to be a distinct people, have so multiplied as far to exceed the number of all the fixed stars taken together.