Leviticus 26:44

Hebrew Bible

43 The land will be abandoned by them in order that it may make up for its Sabbaths while it is made desolate without them, and they will make up for their iniquity because they have rejected my regulations and have abhorred my statutes. 44 In spite of this, however, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them and abhor them to make a complete end of them, to break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. 45 I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”

Jubilees 1:5


4 And Moses was on the Mount forty days and forty nights, and God taught him the earlier and the later history of the division of all the days of the law and of the testimony. 5 And He said: 'Incline thine heart to every word which I shall speak to thee on this mount, and write them in a book in order that their generations may see how I have not forsaken them for all the evil which they have wrought in transgressing the covenant which I establish between Me and thee for their generations this day on Mount Sinai. 6 And thus it will come to pass when all these things come upon them, that they will recognise that I am more righteous than they in all their judgments and in all their actions, and they will recognise that I have been truly with them.

 Notes and References

"... Perhaps this is meant in the sense of “despite all the evil they have done” in straying from the covenant ... If so, Jubilees’ author may be further evoking Leviticus 26:44 to imply that, despite all that Israel has done to violate its covenant, God has not dissolved this great and eternal bond. This is, in fact, one of the author’s main themes in writing Jubilees. He knew, of course, that long after the time of Moses, the Babylonians had conquered Judah, and that, thereafter, the Jews had remained a subject people until his own day. The point of Jubilees is that none of this came about because God had abandoned Israel, but because of the people’s own contrariness. At the same, he asserts, even in their sinfulness, God has not abandoned them ..."

Kugel, James L. A Walk through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation (p. 21) Brill, 2012

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