Deuteronomy 12:13
New International Version
Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.

New Living Translation
Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings just anywhere you like.

English Standard Version
Take care that you do not offer your burnt offerings at any place that you see,

Berean Study Bible
Be careful not to offer your burnt offerings in just any place you see;

King James Bible
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

New King James Version
Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see;

New American Standard Bible
“Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in any cultic place that you see,

NASB 1995
“Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see,

NASB 1977
“Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see,

Amplified Bible
“Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every [cultic] place you see,

Christian Standard Bible
Be careful not to offer your burnt offerings in all the sacred places you see.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be careful not to offer your burnt offerings in all the sacred places you see.

American Standard Version
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt-offerings in every place that thou seest;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beware that you do not offer up your burnt peace offering in every place that you please:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy whole-burnt-offerings in any place which thou shalt see;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware lest thou offer thy holocausts in every place that thou shalt see:

Good News Translation
You are not to offer your sacrifices wherever you choose;

International Standard Version
Be careful not to offer burnt offerings at any location you happen to see

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt-offerings in every place that thou seest;

Literal Standard Version
Take heed to yourself lest you cause your burnt-offerings to ascend in any place which you see;

New American Bible
Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings in any place you like,

NET Bible
Make sure you do not offer burnt offerings in any place you wish,

New Revised Standard Version
Take care that you do not offer your burnt offerings at any place you happen to see.

New Heart English Bible
Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see;

World English Bible
Take heed to yourself that you don't offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see;

Young's Literal Translation
'Take heed to thee, lest thou cause thy burnt-offerings to ascend in any place which thou seest,

Additional Translations ...
Context
One Place for Worship
12And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levite within your gates, since he has no portion or inheritance among you. 13Be careful not to offer your burnt offerings in just any place you see; 14you must offer them only in the place the LORD will choose in one of your tribal territories, and there you shall do all that I command you.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:5
Instead, you must seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to establish as a dwelling for His Name, and there you must go.

Deuteronomy 12:11
then the LORD your God will choose a dwelling for His Name. And there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice offerings you vow to the LORD.

Deuteronomy 12:14
you must offer them only in the place the LORD will choose in one of your tribal territories, and there you shall do all that I command you.

Joshua 22:29
Far be it from us to rebel against the LORD and turn away from Him today by building an altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings, or sacrifices, other than the altar of the LORD our God, which stands before His tabernacle."

1 Kings 3:2
The people, however, were still sacrificing on the high places because a house for the Name of the LORD had not yet been built.


Treasury of Scripture

Take heed to yourself that you offer not your burnt offerings in every place that you see:

Deuteronomy 12:6
And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:

Leviticus 17:2-5
Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying, …

1 Kings 12:28-32
Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt…











(13, 14) Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest: But in the place which the Lord shall choose.--An attempt is made by some modern writers to establish a contradiction between this precept and the one in Exodus 20:24 : "In all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee." But they are not really contradictory. The choice of Jehovah makes the place of acceptance. He need not always choose the same spot-Either this law in Deuteronomy was written by Moses or it was not. If it was, it must be taken in the same sense as Exodus 20:24. If it was the work of later times, the writer must have known perfectly that Jehovah had varied His choice from time to time, and therefore the injunction must still have the same sense. Rashi remarks upon the words "Take heed that thou offer not . . . in every place that thou seest"--i.e. which comes into thy mind--"but thou must offer at the command of a prophet, as, for instance, Elijah on Mount Carmel." It seems clear that the general principle inculcated here is the same with that of Exodus 20 and of Leviticus 17. The choice of Jehovah makes the place of worship. Details may safely be left to the direction of the authorised Divine representatives at any given time. If the Jews themselves saw no difficulty or discrepancy in these Scriptures, is it any proof of wisdom for us to make difficulties? Do we not rather prove the imperfection of our own understanding?

Verses 13-16. - They were to beware of offering sacrifice in any place that might seem to them best; their offerings were to be presented only in that place which God should choose. But this did not imply that they were not to kill and eat in their own abodes whatever they desired for food, according to the blessing of Jehovah their God. Only they were to abstain from eating of blood (cf. Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26); that they were to pour on the earth as if it were water. Burnt offering; this is named instar omnium, as the principal offering. Whatsoever thy soul lusteth after. To "lust," in old English, means simply to will, choose, desire; it is the same word as "list," or, as it is sometimes spelt, "lest," and does not, as now, imply anything evil. As of the roebuck, and as of the hart; probably the gazelle and fallow deer. As these were animals that could not be offered in sacrifice, the distinction between clean and unclean, on the part of the eaters, did not come into consideration.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Be careful
הִשָּׁ֣מֶר (hiš·šā·mer)
Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

not
פֶּֽן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's 6435: Removal, lest

to offer
תַּעֲלֶ֖ה (ta·‘ă·leh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

your burnt offerings
עֹלֹתֶ֑יךָ (‘ō·lō·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5930: Whole burnt offering

in just any
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

place
מָק֖וֹם (mā·qō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

you see;
תִּרְאֶֽה׃ (tir·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see


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