Verse of the Day: The Head and Not the Tail

June 16, 2007

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12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Deuteronomy 28:12-13 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

God gave graciously to the Israelites from the good treasure that He had stored up for them. The people received God’s blessings solely because of His grace. rain…season: The Canaanites believed that Baal was the giver of dew and rain (1 Kings 17:1). But God assured Israel that He controlled the heavens and would make their lands fruitful (Psalm 104:3, 13). lend…borrow: God’s blessing on Israel would be so great that Israel would become the leader of the nations.

The phrase the head and not the tail indicates that Israel will rise to a place of honor among the nations.

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