Deuteronomy 27:5
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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;

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

New American Standard 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
And there shall you build an altar unto the LORD your God, an altar of stones: you shall not lift up any iron tool upon them.

American King James Version
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.

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.

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

Darby Bible Translation
And there shalt thou build an altar to Jehovah thy God, an altar of stones; thou shalt not lift up an iron [tool] upon them;

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there shalt thou build an altar to the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon 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.
Study Bible
The Altar on Mount Ebal
4"So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on Mount Ebal, these stones, as I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime. 5"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. 6"You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of uncut stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the LORD your God;…
Cross References
Exodus 20:25
'If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it.

Deuteronomy 27:6
"You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of uncut stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the LORD your God;

Joshua 8:31
just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the sons of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones on which no man had wielded an iron tool; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

1 Kings 6:7
The house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house 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 …

Joshua 8:30,31 Then Joshua built an altar to 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 …

thou shalt not

Exodus 20:25 And if you will make me an altar of stone, you shall not build 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). And there shall thou build an altar to the Lord thy God,.... On the same mountain, though not of the same stones. Jarchi's note is,"after that (the setting up of the plastered stones) thou shalt bring from thence (from Jordan) others, and build of them an altar on Mount Ebal;''but Josephus (t) places this altar not on Mount Ebal, but between that and Gerizim. This altar, he says, was ordered to be built towards the rising sun, not far from the city of Shechem, between two mountains, Gerizim and Ebal; but the text is express, that it was to be built where the stones were set up, which was on Mount Ebal, and there it was built, Joshua 8:30; an altar of stones; of whole stones, as in Deuteronomy 27:6, not broken, nor hewed, but rough as they were when taken out of the quarry:

thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them; to hew them, and make them smooth; See Gill on Exodus 20:25;

(t) Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 4. c. 8. sect. 44.) 5-10. there shalt thou build an altar … of whole stones—The stones were to be in their natural state, as if a chisel would communicate pollution to them. The stony pile was to be so large as to contain all the conditions of the covenant, so elevated as to be visible to the whole congregation of Israel; and the religious ceremonial performed on the occasion was to consist: first, of the elementary worship needed for sinful men; and secondly, of the peace offerings, or lively, social feasts, that were suited to the happy people whose God was the Lord. There were thus, the law which condemned, and the typical expiation—the two great principles of revealed religion.27:1-10 As soon as they were come into Canaan, they must set up a monument, on which they must write the words of this law. They must set up an altar. The word and prayer must go together. Though they might not, of their own heads, set up any altar besides that at the tabernacle; yet, by the appointment of God, they might, upon special occasion. This altar must be made of unhewn stones, such as they found upon the field. Christ, our Altar, is a stone cut out of the mountain without hands, refused by the builders, as having no form or comeliness, but accepted of God the Father, and made the Head of the corner. In the Old Testament the words of the law are written, with the curse annexed; which would overcome us with horror, if we had not, in the New Testament, an altar erected close by, which gives consolation. Blessed be God, the printed copies of the Scriptures among us, do away the necessity of such methods as were presented to Israel. The end of the gospel ministry is, and the end of preachers ought to be, to make the word of God as plain as possible. Yet, unless the Spirit of God prosper such labours with Divine power, we shall not, even by these means, be made wise unto salvation: for this blessing we should therefore daily and earnestly pray.
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