Deuteronomy 32:6 – Father of Israel

Do you thus requite Yahweh, Foolish people and unwise? Isn’t he your father who has bought you? He has made you, and established you. — Deuteronomy 32:6, World English

Some trinitarians often refer to this scripture with trinitarian ideas before their eyes and thus read into this that Yahweh is being referred to here referring as the first person of their alleged triune God. Thus, in this verse, they would like Yahweh to be used unipersonally of the alleged first person of their trinity. At the same time, some trinitarians read the same sentence as referring to Jesus, since it says “who bought you.” Thus in the one sentence they would have “Father” to be applied to the alleged first person of their alleged triune God, while they would have apply “who bought you” to the alleged second person of their triune God. Not all trinitarians do this, but most trinitarians will in some sense apply their trinitarian dogma to this verse, although, actually, there nothing that can be applied to the trinitarian dogma without twisting what was actually said.

In reality, Yahweh is not even being spoken of as “Father” in the same sense as “Father” is applied to Jesus and the sons of God in the New Testament, and foretold in Psalm 82:6. Nor is this verse speaking of the redemption of the world through the son of the Most High, Jesus. Rather, the verse speaks of Yahweh as bringing forth into being the nation of Israel, and figuratively speaking, he thus gave birth to the nation, and is therefore their “Father.” The word “bought” as appears in many English translations is misleading. The Hebrew word often transliterated as “Qanah” does not always carry the thought of purchasing something with a price, but it is often used in the sense of creating something, and from the context it should be understood to mean this in Deuteronomy 32:6. Yahweh, in effect, created the people of Israel, and he established them with a covenant after bringing them out of Egypt. There was a price that Egypt paid when Yahweh brought Israel out of Egypt, in that all their firstborn were killed, but we have no reason to think that Yahweh is referring to the loss to Egypt in Deuteronomy 32:6.

At any rate, any thought that the trinitarian has that Deuteronomy 32:6 speaks of “Father” here in the trinitarian sense has to be imagined, assumed, added to, and read into what is written.

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