Deuteronomy 27:5
New International Version
Build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool on them.

New Living Translation
“Then build an altar there to the LORD your God, using natural, uncut stones. You must not shape the stones with an iron tool.

English Standard Version
And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You shall wield no iron tool on them;

Berean Study Bible
Moreover, you are to build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You must not use any iron tool on them.

King James Bible
And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.

New King James Version
And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not use an iron tool on them.

New American Standard Bible
Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not wield an iron tool on them.

NASB 1995
“Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not wield an iron tool on them.

NASB 1977
“Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not wield an iron tool on them.

Amplified Bible
There you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not use an iron tool on them.

Christian Standard Bible
Build an altar of stones there to the LORD your God—do not use any iron tool on them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Build an altar of stones there to the LORD your God—you must not use any iron tool on them.

American Standard Version
And there shalt thou build an altar unto Jehovah thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt lift up no iron tool upon them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And build there an altar to LORD JEHOVAH your God, an altar of stones and do not lift up iron on them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt build there an altar to the Lord thy God, an altar of stones; thou shalt not lift up iron upon it.

Contemporary English Version
At this same place, build an altar for offering sacrifices to the LORD your God. But don't use stones that have been cut with iron tools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt build there an altar to the Lord thy God, of stones which iron hath not touched,

English Revised Version
And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt lift up no iron tool upon them.

Good News Translation
Build an altar there made of stones that have had no iron tools used on them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Build an altar of stones there dedicated to the LORD your God. Don't use an iron chisel on the stones.

International Standard Version
Then build an altar there to the LORD your God, an altar of stones that hasn't been worked with iron tools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones; thou shalt lift up no iron tool upon them.

Literal Standard Version
and built an altar there to your God YHWH, an altar of stones; you do not wave iron over them.

NET Bible
Then you must build an altar there to the LORD your God, an altar of stones--do not use an iron tool on them.

New Heart English Bible
There you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron on them.

World English Bible
There you shall build an altar to Yahweh your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron [tool] on them.

Young's Literal Translation
and built there an altar to Jehovah thy God, an altar of stones, thou dost not wave over them iron.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Altar on Mount Ebal
4And when you have crossed the Jordan, you are to set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I am commanding you today, and you are to coat them with plaster. 5Moreover, you are to build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You must not use any iron tool on them. 6You shall build the altar of the LORD your God with uncut stones and offer upon it burnt offerings to the LORD your God.…

Cross References
Exodus 20:25
Now if you make an altar of stones for Me, you must not build it with stones shaped by tools; for if you use a chisel on it, you will defile it.

Deuteronomy 27:6
You shall build the altar of the LORD your God with uncut stones and offer upon it burnt offerings to the LORD your God.

Joshua 8:31
just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the Israelites. He built it according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses: "an altar of uncut stones on which no iron tool has been used." And on it they offered burnt offerings to the LORD, and they sacrificed peace offerings.

1 Kings 6:7
The temple was constructed using finished stones cut at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any other iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.


Treasury of Scripture

And there shall you build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones: you shall not lift up any iron tool on them.

And there

Exodus 24:4
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

Joshua 8:30,31
Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, …

1 Kings 18:31,32
And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: …

thou shalt not

Exodus 20:25
And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.









(5) An altar of stones.--Rashi propounds the theory that these stones were taken from Jordan. But there is nothing to countenance this theory in the words of the text.

Verses 5-7. - Besides the monumental stones, an altar of whole stones, on which no tool had passed (cf. Exodus 20:22) was to be erected, and burnt offerings and peace offerings were to be presented as at the establishment of the covenant at Sinai, followed by the statutory festive entertainment (cf. Exodus 24:5).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Moreover, you shall build
וּבָנִ֤יתָ (ū·ḇā·nî·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1129: To build

there
שָּׁם֙ (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

an altar
מִזְבֵּ֔חַ (miz·bê·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4196: An altar

to the LORD
לַיהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

your God,
אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ (’ĕ·lō·he·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

an altar of
מִזְבַּ֣ח (miz·baḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4196: An altar

stones.
אֲבָנִ֔ים (’ă·ḇā·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 68: A stone

You must not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

use
תָנִ֥יף (ṯā·nîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5130: To move to and fro, wave, sprinkle

any iron tool
בַּרְזֶֽל׃ (bar·zel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1270: Iron, an iron implement

on them.
עֲלֵיהֶ֖ם (‘ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


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