The faithful worshippers of the true God must take all occasions to show their just indignation against idolatry, much more against atheism, infidelity, and irreligion. Those are certainly our worst enemies that would thrust us from God, our best friend and whatever draws us to sin, separates between us and God, is a design upon our life, and to be resented accordingly, And, lastly, here is the good effect of this necessary execution (Deuteronomy 13:11): All Israel shall hear and fear. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be a heap for ever it shall not be built again. 2. That prophet shall be put to death, both to punish him for the attempt he has made (the seducer must die, though none were seduced by him--a design upon the crown is treason) and to prevent his doing further mischief. In this chapter we have, I. But if it be asked, Why is this false prophet permitted to counterfeit this broad seal? Here he cautions against the rise of idolatry among themselves. As furnishing us with an answer to the temptation say, "It is written, Thou shalt walk after the Lord, and cleave unto him and therefore what have I to do with idols?". The Jewish writers say that, though particular persons who were idolaters might be judged by the inferior courts, the defection of a city was to be tried by the great Sanhedrim; and, if it appeared that they were thrust away to idolatry, two learned men were sent to them to admonish and reclaim them. 3. By one of the cities of Israel, that lay within the jurisdiction of their courts. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible by Matthew Henry Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Outline of Deuteronomy 13 Enticers to idolatry to be put to death. III. II. Can it be thought that God himself should give any countenance to such a vile proceeding? Not to spare the tempter, Deuteronomy 13:5. It was a devoted thing, and dangerous to meddle with, as we find in the case of Achan. By the pretence of friendship and relation (v. 6–11). (1-5) Relations who entice to idolatry not to be spared. Study the bible online using commentary on Deuteronomy and more! Concerning the false gods proposed to be served, 1. Smite the scorner that sins presumptuously, and the simple, that is in danger of sinning carelessly, will beware. It is promised that, if they would thus root wickedness out of their land, God would multiply them. This book of Deuteronomy begins with a brief rehearsal of the most remarkable events that had befallen the Israelites since they came from Mount Sinai. It is our duty to prefer God and religion before the best friends we have in the world. Matthew Henry's Commentary. Moses in this chapter teaches them, I. Could an Israelite ever be guilty of such impiety? He expects that magistrates, having their honour and power from him, should be concerned for his honour, and use their power for terror to evil doers, else they bear the sword in vain. Further provision is made by this branch of the statute against receiving the infection of idolatry from those that are near and dear to us. (Verse 12-18.) 1. They ought to hear and fear for the punishment of crimes committed is designed in terrorem--to terrify, and so to prevent their repetition. Bible Gateway Recommends. Satan tempted Adam by Eve and Christ by Peter. But in all these cases the temptation must be resolutely resisted and the tempters punished and cut off. (Verse 6-11.) The law is spiritual, and lays restraints upon the thoughts of the heart. 13:33, 34), whom therefore God himself would punish; yet there false prophets were supported. The Jewish writers say that, though particular persons who were idolaters might be judged by the inferior courts, the defection of a city was to be tried by the great Sanhedrim and, if it appeared that they were thrust away to idolatry, two learned men were sent to them to admonish and reclaim them. Matthew Henry's Commentary. II. In the close of the foregoing chapter he had cautioned them against the peril that might arise from their predecessors the Canaanites. To strengthen the caution here given against hearkening to such a one. Matthew Henry's Commentary. Deuteronomy 20. Deuteronomy 22:12 : Deuteronomy 22:14 >> Deuteronomy 22:1-30. Relations who entice to idolatry not to be spared. An exhortation to obedience. In the close of the foregoing chapter he had cautioned them against the peril … III. The cause is ordered to be tried with a great deal of care (v. 14): Thou shalt enquire and make search. St-Takla.org > bible > commentary > en > ot > matthew-henry > deuteronomy Contact St-Takla.org website You can contact us through this form, or directly … God enjoins this severity of show what a jealous God he is in the matters of his worship, and how great a crime it is to serve other gods. Deuteronomy 16. III. Neither the prosecution nor the execution must be deferred; and he that was first in the former must be first in the latter, to show that he stood to his testimony: "Thy hand shall be first upon him, to mark him out as an anathema, and then the hands of all the people, to put him away as an accursed thing." Deuteronomy 13:13 - some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods' (whom you … What follows (Deuteronomy 13:4), You shall walk after the Lord, may be looked upon, (1.) (Verse 6-11.) By the pretence of prophecy, Deuteronomy 13:1-5. And it is to be hoped they will hear and fear, and by the severity of the punishment, especially when it is at the prosecution of a father, a brother, or a friend, will be made to conceive a horror of the sin, as exceedingly sinful, and to be afraid of incurring the like punishment themselves. Moses at this chapter comes to the particular statues which he had to give in charge to Israel, and he begins with those which relate to the worship of God, and particularly those which explain the second commandment, about which God is in a special manner jealous. Could a man of sense ever be guilty of such absurdity? It is the policy of the tempter to send his solicitations by the hand of those whom we love, whom we least suspect of any ill design upon us, and whom we are desirous to please and apt to conform ourselves to. Deuteronomy 21. Moses suggests, in opposition to this, that it had not been the practice of their ancestors they are gods which thou hast not known, thou nor thy fathers.