With Chapter 5 begins Moses’ second discourse, extending to chapter 26. Chapter 4:44-49 is the introductory superscription.
1.What is the significance of the pronouns ‘you’ and ‘your’ which occur throughout the ten commandments?
Cf. Lev. 19:3; Ps. 62:12; Jer. 17:10 (RSV: ‘every man’).
- The ways in which the people reacted to the hearing of the commandments (5:23-27) indicate abiding principles concerning the ways in which all men should react to God’s law.
What kind of effect do the reactions here suggest that God’s law should produce?
Cf. Heb. 12:21; Rom. 7:9; Gal. 3:24.
- What was it in the temper of the people that drew from God the words of commendation in 5:28, and the expression of his desire that it might so continue always (verse 29)?
Note. 5:3. ‘Our fathers’: i.e., ‘Our forefather’, namely, the patriarchs. Cf. 4:37; 7:8.