And in all things that I have said to you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods…
I. IN GENERAL. "In all things." Moses is drawing to the close of these precepts, and looking back upon them, he says — "Be circumspect." The original suggests —
1. That we should be fully awake to the importance of the Divine commands.
(1) Give them intelligent and reverent examination.
(2) Store them up in the memory.
(3) Study them in their beneficent operation.
2. That we should be on our guard against temptations to break the Divine commands. Temptations are
3. That we should be careful "to remember His commandments to do them."
(1) There is a danger lest an exaggerated estimate of human weakness should lead to despair on the one hand, and recklessness on the other.
(2) God would not command the impossible.
(3) There is "grace to help in time of need."
II. IN PARTICULAR, "make no mention," etc. Because —
1. That would be uncircumspect in the first and greatest commandment.
2. That would be to forfeit the help promised to the circumspect.
3. That would be to yield to a tendency to be uncircumspect in everything. Christians —
1. "Watch and pray, lest ye enter rote, temptation."
2. Live so as "to adorn the doctrine of God your Saviour m all things.
(J. W. Burn.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
WEB: "Be careful to do all things that I have said to you; and don't invoke the name of other gods, neither let them be heard out of your mouth.