New Defender's Study Bible Notes
33:26 the God of Jeshurun. Deuteronomy 33:26-29 has all Israel in view again, rather than individual tribes. The beautiful themes of God as our refuge, cradling us in His “everlasting arms” has been a comfort and delight to God’s people all through the ages.
34:5 died there. Although Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy as a whole, it is probable that Joshua wrote its closing verses found in Deuteronomy 34:5-12. It is possible, of course, that Moses himself wrote his own epitaph, by divine inspiration, but since no one knew his burial place (Deuteronomy 34:6), it would hardly be likely that he directly gave such a record to Joshua before he died. In some way Satan was also present at the scene (along with the archangel Michael–Jude 9), seeking to claim Moses’ body for some unrevealed but certainly nefarious purpose.
34:7 hundred and twenty years old. Moses had written that man’s normal life span by his day had decreased to 70 or 80 years (Psalm 90:10), yet God allowed him 120 years. At his death he was at least 60 years older than any man in Israel was (Numbers 14:29), except for Caleb and Joshua. Joshua died at age 110 (Joshua 24:29); Caleb outlived him but his age at death is not recorded.