Joshua 22:26
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New International Version
"That is why we said, 'Let us get ready and build an altar--but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.'

New Living Translation
"So we decided to build the altar, not for burnt offerings or sacrifices,

English Standard Version
Therefore we said, ‘Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice,

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore we said, 'Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice;

King James Bible
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore we said: Let us take action and build an altar for ourselves, but not for burnt offering or sacrifice.

International Standard Version
"That's why we said, 'Let's build an altar for ourselves, not for burnt offerings or sacrifice,

NET Bible
So we decided to build this altar, not for burnt offerings and sacrifices,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore we said, 'Let's now prepare to build ourselves an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then we said, 'Let's build an altar for ourselves. It will not be for burnt offerings or sacrifices,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore we said: Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt-offering, nor for sacrifice;

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore we said, ‘Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore we said, Let us now work to build us an altar, not for burnt offering nor for sacrifice,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

American King James Version
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

American Standard Version
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt-offering, nor for sacrifice:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said: Let us build us an altar, not for holocausts, nor to offer victims,

Darby Bible Translation
And we said, Let us now set to work to build an altar, not for burnt-offering, nor for sacrifice,

English Revised Version
Therefore we said, Let as now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt-offering, nor for sacrifice:

World English Bible
"Therefore we said, 'Let's now prepare to build ourselves an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice;

Young's Literal Translation
'And we say, Pray let us prepare for ourselves to build the altar -- not for burnt-offering nor for sacrifice --
Study Bible
The Offensive Altar
25"For the LORD has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you sons of Reuben and sons of Gad; you have no portion in the LORD." So your sons may make our sons stop fearing the LORD.' 26"Therefore we said, Let us build an altar, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; 27rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the LORD before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons will not say to our sons in time to come, "You have no portion in the LORD."'…
Cross References
Joshua 22:25
"For the LORD has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you sons of Reuben and sons of Gad; you have no portion in the LORD." So your sons may make our sons stop fearing the LORD.'

Joshua 22:27
rather it shall be a witness between us and you and between our generations after us, that we are to perform the service of the LORD before Him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, so that your sons will not say to our sons in time to come, "You have no portion in the LORD."'

Isaiah 19:19
In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD near its border.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:

(26) An altar.--Rather, the altar. It was not an altar (Joshua 22:23), but the altar, i.e., the pattern or copy of the altar of Jehovah, to prove that the two and a half tribes had the same right to approach Him as all the rest.

Verse 26. - Let us now prepare to build us an altar. Literally, let us make now to build to us an altar. Burnt offering, nor for sacrifice. In the "burnt offering" the whole victim was consumed. In the "sacrifice" part only was offered on the altar. The rest was eaten by the priest or the person who offered it. Therefore we said,.... One to another, in order to prevent the apostasy of our children from God, their departure from his worship, and going into idolatry:

let us now prepare to build us an altar; get materials ready, and set about it instantly, without any delay, while the thing dwells upon our minds:

not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice; not for offerings of any kind required by the law, neither for sin offerings nor trespass offerings, nor any other not named. 22:21-29 The tribes took the reproofs of their brethren in good part. With solemnity and meekness they proceeded to give all the satisfaction in their power. Reverence of God is expressed in the form of their appeal. This brief confession of faith would remove their brethren's suspicion that they intended to worship other gods. Let us always speak of God with seriousness, and mention his name with a solemn pause. Those who make appeals to Heaven with a careless God knows, take his name in vain: it is very unlike this. They express great confidence of their own uprightness in the matter of their appeal. God knows it, for he is perfectly acquainted with the thoughts and intents of the heart. In every thing we do in religion, it highly concerns us to approve ourselves to God, remembering that he knows the heart. And if our sincerity be known to God, we should study likewise to let others know it by its fruits, especially those who, though they mistake us, show zeal for the glory of God. They disdained the design of which they were suspected to be guilty, and fully explained their true intent in building this altar. Those who have found the comfort and benefit of God's ordinances, cannot but desire to preserve them to their seed, and to use all possible care that their children may be looked upon as having a part in him. Christ is the great Altar that sanctifies every gift; the best evidence of our interest in him is the work of his Spirit in our hearts.
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