Deuteronomy 27:8
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New International Version
And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up."

New Living Translation
You must clearly write all these instructions on the stones coated with plaster."

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

New American Standard Bible
"You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very distinctly."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Write clearly all the words of this law on the plastered stones."

International Standard Version
Inscribe on the stones plainly and distinctly all the words of this Law."

NET Bible
You must inscribe on the stones all the words of this law, making them clear."

New Heart English Bible
You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Write clearly and carefully all the words of these teachings on the stones you set up."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.'

New American Standard 1977
“And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very distinctly.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

American King James Version
And you shall write on 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,

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

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.

World English Bible
You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly."

Young's Literal Translation
and written on the stones all the words of this law, well engraved.'
Study Bible
The Altar on Mount Ebal
7and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God. 8"You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very distinctly." 9Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, "Be silent and listen, O Israel! This day you have become a people for the LORD your God.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 27:7
and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 27:9
Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, "Be silent and listen, O Israel! This day you have become a people for the LORD your God.

Habakkuk 2:2
Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.
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And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

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

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

(8) Thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law--i.e., the ten commandments. All else in the Law of Moses is but an application of the Decalogue to a particular people under particular circumstances. (See Notes on Joshua 3, Joshua 8:32, for more upon the relation of the ten commandments to the conquest of Canaan.)

Very plainly.--See on Deuteronomy 1:5. Rashi says, "In seventy (.e., in all) languages." There is also an idea in the Talmud that when spoken from Sinai, the Law was spoken (or heard) in all languages at the same time. It is a strange refraction of the truth indicated at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given. Men spake in every tongue the wonderful works of God. The foundation of Jerusalem has effects exactly opposite to the foundation of Babylon (Genesis 11).

Verse 8. - The injunction to write the Law on the stones is repeated, with the addition that it was to be done very plainly (LXX., σαφῶς σφόδρα: Vulgate, plane et lucide), which shows that the main purpose of setting up the stones was that the Law might be easily known by the people (cf. Habakkuk 2:2). The stones and the altar were fittingly placed on Ebal, the mount of cursing. For the setting up of the stones on which the Law was inscribed, and the building beside them of the altar, was the symbolical renewal of the covenant of God with Israel, and the establishment in Canaan of that dispensation which was "the ministration of condemnation and of death" (2 Corinthians 3:7, 9), and of that Law which, though in itself "holy, just, and good," can only, because of man's perversity and sinfulness, bring on those who are under it a curse (Galatians 3:10). And thou shall write upon the stones all the words of this law,.... Not upon the stones of the altar, but upon the first stones brought to Mount Ebal, and set up there before, and on which the words were inscribed before the altar was erected; though according to the Misnah (u) the altar was built of these stones, and on that the law written; for it is said,"they shall bring the stones (#De 27:2,4) and build the altar, and plaster it with plaster, and write upon it all the words of the law:''with which Josephus agrees, who says (w),"that when Moses was about to die, he ordered the blessings and the curses to be written on the altar, on both sides of it:''could this be made clearly to appear, it would be easy to observe the accomplishment of it in Christ, who was made under the law, became subject to it, had it written on his heart, obeyed the precepts and bore the penalty of it, and had all the curses of it laid on him, and thereby redeemed his people from them. However, be it on which it may that the words of the law were written, they were written

very plainly; so that they might be easily read; in seventy languages, according to the Jewish writers; which they say was done, that whoever would learn the law might learn it, and so the Gentiles had no excuse (x); for it is a prevailing notion with them, that there were so many nations and languages. The law being written on stones denotes the duration of it, which continued not only during the times of the Old Testament dispensation, and to the times of John, and had its fulfilment in Christ, but still continues; for though Christ has redeemed his people from the curse and condemnation of it, yet it is in his hands as a rule of direction to them as to their walk and conversation: nor is it made void by any doctrine of the Gospel, and nothing more strongly enforces obedience to it than the Gospel. The moral law is immutable, invariable, and eternal in its nature, and in the matter of it. This may also point at the hardness of men's hearts, their non-subjection to the law, and disobedience of it; and these stones being covered with plaster may be an emblem of formalists and hypocrites, who are like whited walls and sepulchres, Matthew 23:27, have a form of the law in their heads, but not in their hearts; are Jews outwardly, but not inwardly, Romans 2:28; externally righteous before men, as if they were strict observers of the law, but internally very wicked; and have hard, blind, and impenitent hearts, under the cover of the law, and a profession of strict regard to it; and this being done on the same mount where the curses were pronounced, shows that they were on account of the breach of this law.

(u) Sotah, c. 7. sect. 5. (w) Ut supra. (Antiqu. l. 4. c. 8. sect. 44.) (x) Sotah, ib. & Bartenora in ib. Targum Jon. & Jerus. & Jarchi in loc. 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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