Deuteronomy 12:8
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New International Version
You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit,

New Living Translation
"Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please,

English Standard Version
“You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes,

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes;

King James Bible
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not to do as we are doing here today; everyone is doing whatever seems right in his own eyes.

International Standard Version
"You must not act as we have been doing here today, where everyone acts as they see fit,

NET Bible
You must not do like we are doing here today, with everyone doing what seems best to him,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never worship in the way that it's being done here today, where everyone does whatever he considers right.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, each man doing what seems right in his own eyes,

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not do according to all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

American King James Version
You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatever is right in his own eyes.

American Standard Version
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes;

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall not do there the things we do here this day, every man that which seemeth good to himself.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall not do after all that we do here this day, each one whatever is right in his own eyes.

English Revised Version
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes:

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatever is right in his own eyes.

World English Bible
You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatever is right in his own eyes;

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not do according to all that we are doing here to-day, each anything that is right in his own eyes,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:5-32 The command to bring ALL the sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle, was now explained with reference to the promised land. As to moral service, then, as now, men might pray and worship every where, as they did in their synagogues. The place which God would choose, is said to be the place where he would put his name. It was to be his habitation, where, as King of Israel, he would be found by all who reverently sought him. Now, under the gospel, we have no temple or altar that sanctifies the gift but Christ only: and as to the places of worship, the prophets foretold that in every place the spiritual incense should be offered, Mal 1:11. Our Saviour declared, that those are accepted as true worshippers, who worship God in sincerity and truth, without regard either to this mountain or Jerusalem, Joh 4:21. And a devout Israelite might honour God, keep up communion with him, and obtain mercy from him, though he had no opportunity of bringing a sacrifice to his altar. Work for God should be done with holy joy and cheerfulness. Even children and servants must rejoice before God; the services of religion are to be a pleasure, and not a task or drudgery. It is the duty of people to be kind to their ministers, who teach them well, and set them good examples. As long as we live, we need their assistance, till we come to that world where ordinances will not be needed. Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we are commanded to do all to the glory of God. And we must do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to the Father through him. They must not even inquire into the modes and forms of idolatrous worship. What good would it do them to know those depths of Satan? And our inward satisfaction will be more and more, as we abound in love and good works, which spring from faith and the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 8-10. - In the wilderness, while leading a nomadic life, no certain place could be appointed to them for the observance of sacred rites; each man did in that matter as suited his own convenience. But after they were settled in Canaan it should no longer be so; a certain order and fixed locality should be determined for their worship and service; when they had passed over Jordan the Lord would give them rest from all their enemies, and then all irregularity and arbitrariness in the matter of worship must cease, and all their gifts arid offerings must be brought to the place which Jehovah their God should choose. Ye dwell in safety; rather, dwell securely, not only safe from assault, but without fear or anxiety (cf. Judges 8:11; Judges 18:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here,.... In the wilderness, where they had no abiding, but were continually removing from place to place, and could not always observe punctually and precisely the exact order and time of their sacrifices and other things, nor offer them at any certain place, and many were doubtless neglected by them; see Amos 5:25.

every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes; that did he, brought the above things when and where he pleased; not that there was no regard had to the laws and rules given, as if there was no priest in Israel; but they were not so exactly in all circumstances conformed to as they would be obliged to when they came into the land of Canaan, and had a certain place to bring their offerings to; so some in Aben Ezra observe, that one would give the firstling, another not, because it depended on the land, or was what they were obliged to only when they came into the land of Canaan; see Exodus 13:11 but he thinks the sense is, that they did not all fear God, and so did not do their duty.



Deuteronomy 12:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
One Place for Worship
7"There also you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice in all your undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you. 8"You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes; 9for you have not as yet come to the resting place and the inheritance which the LORD your God is giving you.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:7
There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 12:9
since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the LORD your God is giving you.

Judges 17:6
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatever is right in his own eyes.

every man

Numbers 15:39 And it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look on it, and …

Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that …

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which …

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

Amos 5:25 Have you offered to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness …

Acts 7:42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; …

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