The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleDeuteronomy 32:1
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth,
the words of my mouth.
] This song is prefaced and introduced in a very
grand and pompous manner, calling on the heavens and earth to give
attention; by which they themselves may be meant, by a "prosopopaeia",
a figure frequently used in Scripture, when things of great moment and
importance are spoken of; and these are called upon to hearken, either
to rebuke the stupidity and inattention of men, or to show that these
would shed or withhold their influences, their good things, according
to the obedience or disobedience of Israel; or because these are
durable and lasting, and so would ever be witnesses for God and against
his people: Gaon, as Aben Ezra observes, by the heavens understands the
angels, and by the earth the men of the earth, the inhabitants of both
worlds, which is not amiss: and by these words of Moses are meant the
words of the song, referred to in (Deuteronomy 31:29) ; here called his words,
not because they were of him, but because they were put into his mouth,
and about to be expressed by him, not in his own name, but in the name
of the Lord; and not as the words of the law, which came by him, but as
the words and doctrines of the Gospel concerning Christ, of whom Moses
here writes; whose character he gives, and whose person and office he
vindicates against the Jews, whom he accuses and brings a charge of
ingratitude against for rejecting him, to which our Lord seems to
refer, (John 5:45,46) ; the prophecies of their rejection, the calling
of the Gentiles, the destruction of the Jews by the Romans, and the
miseries they should undergo, and yet should not be wholly extirpated
out of the world, but continue a people, who in the latter days would
be converted, return to their own land, and their enemies be destroyed;
which are some of the principal things in this song, and which make it
worthy of attention and observation.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 32:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=de&chapter=032&verse=001>. 1999.