Mount Seir, and Mount Paran, were two mountains some little distance from Mount Sinai. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". "Commentary on Deuteronomy 33:2". Habakkuk 3:4. Here God eminently manifested his presence and goodness, both in giving the people flesh, which they desired, and in appointing the seventy elders, and pouring forth his Spirit upon them. https: 28. The law is called fiery, partly, because it is of a fiery nature, purging, and searching, and inflaming, for which reasons God’s word is compared to fire, Jeremiah 23:29; partly, to signify that fiery wrath and curse which it inflicteth upon sinners for the violation of it, 2 Corinthians 3:7,9; and principally, because it was delivered out of the midst of the fire, Exodus 19:16,18 Deu 4:11 5:22,23. with a a great company of holy angels, Psalms 68:17 Daniel 7:10, which attended upon him in this great and glorious work of giving the law, as may be gathered from Acts 7:53 Galatians 3:19 Hebrews 2:2 12:22. "E.W. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. https: Compare Psalms 68:17. beginning at Sinai, where the first and most glorious appearance of God was, and so going on with them to Seir and Paran. "athah, to come with speed. It is as though Moses saw the glory of Jehovah shine forth from the lofty heights of Sinai to the heights of Edom on the east and to the mountains of Paran, which form the boundary of the desert, on the north. BibliographyWesley, John. As the Hebrew reads, the literal rendering would be fire of law, a fire which was a law for them. “The glory of the Lord who appeared upon Sinai sent its beams even to the eastern and northern extremities of the desert.” — Keil. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 33:2". Some Hebrew manuscripts write אשׁ דת as one word. The expression is meant to describe Jehovah leaving his heavenly abode, where he dwells surrounded by holy ones, and coming down to announce the law to his people. The language is highly poetical. Or, to Sinai, the particle mem oft signifying to, as is evident by comparing Isaiah 59:20, with Romans 11:26 1 Kings 8:30, with 2 Chronicles 6:21 2 Samuel 6:2, with 1 Chronicles 13:6. Rose up from Seir — Namely, when, upon the removal of the cloud of glory, they marched from the neighbourhood of Idumea, in which is mount Seir. He begins with this, that he may, in the first place, make them sensible of that most signal blessing which God had bestowed upon them, in choosing them to be his peculiar people. And rose up — He appeared or shewed himself, as the sun doth when it riseth. The first giving of the law was accompanied with splendor, and the retinue of angels: for the law is said to be given by the disposition of angels. https: If this reading should be accepted it might be rendered so as to refer to flashes of lightning. Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you … Hebrew. Gesenius thinks it would be better referred to the pillar of fire, (Exodus 13:21,) which was as a law to direct them, than to the lightnings which Jehovah employs for his servants. https: For his critical explanation of the Hebrew word, we refer to his note; which word, thus explained, he observes, will make this law answer exactly to part of the 4th verse of the song of Habakkuk above-mentioned. BibliographyGill, John. He said: “The LORD came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. 1685. Or, in Sinai; mem being put for beth, in, as Exodus 25:18 Deuteronomy 15:1 Job 19:26 Psalms 68:29 72:16. Listen to this Chapter in Hebrew Deuteronomy Chapter 33 דְּבָרִים א וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה, אֲשֶׁר בֵּרַךְ מֹשֶׁה אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים--אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: לִפְנֵי, מוֹתוֹ. https: https: God is represented as leaving heaven where He dwells amidst the host of the Angels 1 Kings 22:19 and descending in majesty to earth Micah 1:3. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". See Isaias vi. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. 1801-1803. Imperial mandate. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. And is it not equally a fiery law now, under the gospel, when it is brought home to the sinner's heart, in a way of conviction, by the Spirit of judgment, and the Spirit of burning. Pharan. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Jude 1:14-15. Mount Paran; a place where God eminently manifested his presence and goodness, both in giving the people flesh which they desired, and in appointing the seventy elders, and pouring forth his Spirit upon them, Num 11; though the exposition mentioned in the foregoing branch may seem more probable. Compare, Isaiah 4:4 with John 16:8. The Holy One, who hath in his hand fire and the law." Durell renders it. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 33:2". He came with ten thousands of saints, &c.— Houbigant renders this, He came with ten thousands of his saints, who are at his right hand, and minister unto him. "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law." And it is probable, that when the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, the reflection of the glory shined upon those two mountains. 1905. https: Acts 7:53. Comp. This fire wherein the law was given, and shall be required, is still in it, and will never out; hence are those terrors which it flasheth in every conscience that hath felt remorse of sin. The next problem for Muslims who make the claim that Deuteronomy 33:2 is talking about Muhammad (other than the problem of turning Muhammad into God) is that this verse is in the past tense ; it's not talking about someone who will do these things, but someone who has already done them. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 33:2". Deuteronomy 4:33. came. He came with ten thousands of his saints — Or holy ones, that is, angels, who attended him at the giving of the law, Psalms 68:17; see also Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19, and Hebrews 2:2. According to the common interpretation of the passage, the sacred writer refers to the ministering angels who attended at the giving of the law, therefore called fiery, because it was given out of the midst of the appearance of fire.