Joshua 8:32
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New International Version
There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses.

New Living Translation
And as the Israelites watched, Joshua copied onto the stones of the altar the instructions Moses had given them.

English Standard Version
And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written.

New American Standard Bible
He wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written, in the presence of the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There on the stones, Joshua copied the law of Moses, which he had written in the presence of the Israelites.

International Standard Version
There Joshua inscribed on stones a copy of the Law of Moses that Moses had presented to the Israelis.

NET Bible
There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua inscribed on the stones a duplicate of the law written by Moses.

New Heart English Bible
He wrote there on the stones a copy of the Law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There in front of the people of Israel he wrote on stone slabs a copy of the Teachings which Moses had written down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote before the children of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written, in the presence of the sons of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He also wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written in the presence of the sons of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

American King James Version
And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

American Standard Version
And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote, in the presence of the children of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he wrote upon stones the Deuteronomy of the law of Moses, which he had ordered before the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written before the children of Israel.

English Revised Version
And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote, in the presence of the children of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
He wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and he writeth there on the stones the copy of the law of Moses, which he hath written in the presence of the sons of Israel.
Study Bible
Joshua Renews the Covenant
31just 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. 32He wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written, in the presence of the sons of Israel. 33All Israel with their elders and officers and their judges were standing on both sides of the ark before the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the stranger as well as the native. Half of them stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, just as Moses the servant of the LORD had given command at first to bless the people of Israel.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 27:2
"So it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the LORD your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime

Deuteronomy 27:3
and write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.
Treasury of Scripture

And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

Deuteronomy 27:2,3,8 And it shall be on the day when you shall pass over Jordan to the …

Verse 32. - And he wrote there upon the stones; i.e., upon the plaster, as we read in Deuteronomy 27:2, 4. "The wall destined to receive the picture," and it was just the same with inscriptions - was covered with a coating of lime and gypsum plaster. The outline was then sketched with red chalk, and afterwards corrected and filled in with black (Keurick's 'Egypt,' 1, p. 271). Thomson ('Land and the Book,' Io. 471) says that he has seen writings in plaster which could not have been less than two thousand years old. This passage shows that our author had Deuteronomy 28:2, 3 in his mind. The stones of the altar, which alone have been mentioned, are clearly not meant here, but the erection of plastered stone on which the law was to be written. A copy of the law of Moses, "Deuteronomium legis," Vulgate. So also LXX. Not the whole law, nor yet the Book of Deuteronomy, for time would not permit,but the decalogue, as the word מִשְׁנֶה duplicate, from whence the word Mishna comes, signifies. It is to be observed that the word is definite, the copy, not a copy, of the law. This (Deuteronomy 5:22) was what was written on the two tables of stone, which (Exodus 24:12, 31:18) God gave to Moses. Yet it is possible that, as some commentaters suggest, and as ver. 34 may be held to imply, what is meant is the curses and blessings mentioned in Deuteronomy 27, and 28. The formal setting up of this memorial was intended to remind the Israelites, by a perpetual standing witness, of the conditions on which they held the land of Canaan. And it is to be observed that the moral, rather than the positive, precepts of the law were thus solemnly enjoined on them, since neglect of the moral law of God is the invariable source of national degradation and decay. Which he wrote. Namely, Joshua. And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses,.... Not upon the stones of which the altar was made, though some have so thought; but upon other stones erected in the form of a pillar, and plastered over, Deuteronomy 27:4; which copy of the law was not the whole book of Deuteronomy, as some, at least only an abstract of the laws in it; but rather the decalogue, as Abarbinel; or the blessings and curses later read, as Ben Gersom:

which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel: they being witness of it, that he did what was enjoined. 32. he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses—(See on [185]De 27:2, 3, 5); that is, the blessings and curses of the law. Some think that the stones which contained this inscription were the stones of the altar: but this verse seems rather to indicate that a number of stone pillars were erected alongside of the altar, and on which, after they were plastered, this duplicate of the law was inscribed.8:30-35 As soon as Joshua got to the mountains Ebal and Gerizim, without delay, and without caring for the unsettled state of Israel, or their enemies, he confirmed the covenant of the Lord with his people, as appointed, De 11; 27. We must not think to defer covenanting with God till we are settled in the world; nor must any business put us from minding and pursuing the one thing needful. The way to prosper is to begin with God, Mt 6:33. They built an altar, and offered sacrifice to God, in token of their dedicating themselves to God, as living sacrifices to his honour, in and by a Mediator. By Christ's sacrifice of himself for us, we have peace with God. It is a great mercy to any people to have the law of God in writing, and it is fit that the written law should be in a known tongue, that it may be seen and read of all men.
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