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They have moved me to jealousy
with that which is not God.
They have made me angry by their vanities.
I will move them to jealousy
with those who are not a people.
I will make them angry by a foolish nation. Bible

“made me angry.” The NET text note on Deuteronomy 4:25 gets the sense of the text correctly when it says, “The infinitive construct [in the Hebrew text] is understood here as indicating the result, not the intention of their actions.” Although many English versions use the word “provoke,” the Israelites did not worship idols with the intention of provoking God. But the result of their idolatry was that God was angered. In everyday English, “provoke” means to do something to intentionally upset someone, and that is not what was happening with Israel’s idolatry.


Commentary for: Deuteronomy 32:21