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 32:28
 32:29
 32:30
 32:31
32:30 How could one [man] pursue a thousand, or two [men], ten thousand, if their Mighty One had not given them over, and God had not trapped them?
Eychah yirdof echad elef ushnayim yanisu revavah im-lo ki-tsuram mecharam va'Adonay hisgiram.
32:31 Their powers are not like our Mighty One, although our enemies sit in judgment.
Ki lo chetsurenu tsuram ve'oyeveynu plilim.



Commentary:

one man pursue...
  See Leviticus 26:8.

given them over
  (Rashi; Saadia). Or, 'sold them' (Septuagint). 'Them' can refer to Israelites or gentiles; see note on Deuteronomy 32:28.

trapped
  Literally, 'closed them in.'

powers
  Tzur in Hebrew. Literally, 'their 'mighty one.'' That is, 'their god.'

although...
  (Targum; Rashi). Or, 'Their god is not like our Mighty One, as even our enemies admit (Ibn Ezra), or, more literally, 'even in our enemy's own judgment' (Hirsch). Or, 'but our enemies will not admit it' (Saadia; Septuagint). Or, 'Although their god is not like ours, our enemies judge us' (Chizzkuni); 'Their god is not like ours, and not fit to be our judge' (Bachya); or, 'When our enemies judge us, [it seems that] our God is not like theirs' (Bachya).





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