Deuteronomy 27:8
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English Standard Version
And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.”

King James Bible
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law plainly and clearly,

English Revised Version
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law, very plainly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The command in Deuteronomy 27:1 to keep the whole law (שׁמר, inf. abs. for the imperative, as in Exodus 13:3, etc.), with which the instructions that follow are introduced, indicates at the very outset the purpose for which the law written upon stones was to be set up in Canaan, namely, as a public testimony that the Israelites who were entering into Canaan possessed in the law their rule and source of life. The command itself is given by Moses, together with the elders, because the latter had to see to the execution of it after Moses' death; on the other hand, the priests are mentioned along with Moses in Deuteronomy 27:9, because it was their special duty to superintend the fulfilment of the commands of God.

Deuteronomy 27:1-3

Deuteronomy 27:2 and Deuteronomy 27:3 contain the general instructions; Deuteronomy 27:4-8, more minute details. In the appointment of the time, "on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan into the land," etc., the word "day" must not be pressed, but is to be understood in a broader sense, as signifying the time when Israel should have entered the land and taken possession of it. The stones to be set up were to be covered with lime, or gypsum (whether sid signifies lime or gypsum cannot be determined), and all the words of the law were to be written upon them. The writing, therefore, was not to be cut into the stones and then covered with lime (as J. D. Mich., Ros.), but to be inscribed upon the plaistered stones, as was the custom in Egypt, where the walls of buildings, and even monumental stones, which they were about to paint with figures and hieroglyphics, were first of all covered with a coating of lime or gypsum, and then the figures painted upon this (see the testimonies of Minutoli, Heeren, Prokesch in Hengstenberg's Dissertations, i. 433, and Egypt and the Books of Moses, p. 90). The object of this writing was not to hand down the law in this manner to posterity without alteration, but, as has already been stated, simply to set forth a public acknowledgement of the law on the part of the people, first of all for the sake of the generation which took possession of the land, and for posterity, only so far as this act was recorded in the book of Joshua and thus transmitted to future generations.

Deuteronomy 27:8 Parallel Commentaries

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thou shalt

Deuteronomy 27:3 And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you are passed over...

very plainly

Habakkuk 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

John 16:25 These things have I spoken to you in proverbs: but the time comes, when I shall no more speak to you in proverbs...

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

Cross References
Deuteronomy 27:7
and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 27:9
Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, "Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the LORD your God.

Habakkuk 2:2
And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

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