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Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 34

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Chapter 34

The End for Moses

  • Last chapter, everyone. You've made it.
  • God shows Moses the boundaries of the land, and then… Moses dies.
  • Even though he was 120 years old, his eyesight was good and he was in excellent health. The people mourned for Moses for 30 days, but none of them knew where he was buried.
  • Just a quick translation note before we finish up. People just love to translate this passage badly. The actual Hebrew word that describes Moses at the last moment of his life translates to "moisture." Huh?
  • What the text is saying is that Moses's moisture had not abated when he died. Tweed-sporting academics disagree about whether this refers to sexual potency or skin wrinkles. Either way, it's a great opportunity to understand how the Hebrew language describes people. Languages all have certain feels, and this is a good one for Hebrew.
  • Okay, back in the story, Joshua takes over.
  • The book says that there has never been a prophet like Moses since he died. After all, he knew the Lord face to face and performed tons o' wonders.
  • It's a tough act to beat.

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