Deuteronomy 17:16
New International Version
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."

New Living Translation
"The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the LORD has told you, 'You must never return to Egypt.'

English Standard Version
Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’

Berean Study Bible
But the king must not acquire many horses for himself or send the people back to Egypt to acquire more horses, for the LORD has told you, ‘You are never to go back that way again.’

New American Standard Bible
"Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, 'You shall never again return that way.'

King James Bible
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

Christian Standard Bible
However, he must not acquire many horses for himself or send the people back to Egypt to acquire many horses, for the LORD has told you, 'You are never to go back that way again.'

Contemporary English Version
The king should not have many horses, especially those from Egypt. The LORD has said never to go back there again.

Good News Translation
The king is not to have a large number of horses for his army, and he is not to send people to Egypt to buy horses, because the LORD has said that his people are never to return there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, he must not acquire many horses for himself or send the people back to Egypt to acquire many horses, for the LORD has told you, 'You are never to go back that way again.'

International Standard Version
Only he must not amass horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt to obtain more horses. For the LORD said you must never return that way again.

NET Bible
Moreover, he must not accumulate horses for himself or allow the people to return to Egypt to do so, for the LORD has said you must never again return that way.

New Heart English Bible
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses; because the LORD has said to you, "You shall not go back that way again."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king must never own a large number of horses or make the people return to Egypt to get more horses. The LORD has told you, "You will never go back there again."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses; forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you: 'Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.'

New American Standard 1977
“Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses; for the LORD has said unto you, Ye shall not procure to return any more to that way.

King James 2000 Bible
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: since as the LORD has said unto you, you shall return no more that way again.

American King James Version
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: for as much as the LORD has said to you, You shall from now on return no more that way.

American Standard Version
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses; forasmuch as Jehovah hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he is made king, he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor lead back the people into Egypt, being lifted up with the number of his horsemen, especially since the Lord hath commanded you to return no more the same way.

Darby Bible Translation
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor lead back the people to Egypt, to multiply horses; for Jehovah hath said unto you, Ye shall not return again any more that way.

English Revised Version
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said to you, ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

World English Bible
Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses; because Yahweh has said to you, "You shall not go back that way again."

Young's Literal Translation
'Only, he doth not multiply to himself horses, nor cause the people to turn back to Egypt, so as to multiply horses, seeing Jehovah hath said to you, Ye do not add to turn back in this way any more.
Study Bible
Guidelines for a King
15you are to appoint over yourselves the king the LORD your God shall choose. Appoint a king from among your brothers; you are not to set a foreigner over yourselves, or one who is not of your brothers. 16But the king must not acquire many horses for himself or send the people back to Egypt to acquire more horses, for the LORD has told you, ‘You are never to go back that way again.’ 17He must not take many wives for himself, lest his heart go astray. He must not accumulate for himself great amounts of silver and gold.…
Cross References
Exodus 13:17
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road through the land of the Philistines, though it was shorter. For God said, "If the people face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt."

Exodus 13:18
So God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the Israelites left the land of Egypt arrayed for battle.

1 Kings 4:26
Solomon had four thousand stalls for his chariot horses and twelve thousand horses.

1 Kings 10:26
Solomon accumulated 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses, which he stationed in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.

1 Kings 10:28
Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and Kue; the royal merchants purchased them in Kue.

2 Chronicles 1:16
Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and Kue; the royal merchants purchased them in Kue.

2 Chronicles 9:25
Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horses, which he stationed in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.

Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Isaiah 2:7
Their land is full of silver and gold, with no limit to their treasures; their land is full of horses, with no limit to their chariots.

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in their abundance of chariots and in their multitude of horsemen. They do not look to the Holy One of Israel; they do not seek the LORD.

Jeremiah 42:15
then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah! This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: If you are determined to go to Egypt and reside there,

Jeremiah 42:19
The LORD has told you, O remnant of Judah, 'Do not go to Egypt.' Know for sure that I have warned you today!

Ezekiel 17:15
But this king rebelled against Babylon by sending his envoys to Egypt to ask for horses and a large army. Will he flourish? Will the one who does such things escape? Can he break a covenant and yet escape?'

Hosea 11:5
Will they not return to the land of Egypt and be ruled by Assyria because they refused to repent?

Micah 5:10
"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will remove your horses from among you and wreck your chariots.

Treasury of Scripture

But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: for as much as the LORD has said to you, You shall from now on return no more that way.

multiply horses Multiplying horses for chariots of war and cavalry, or for luxury, would increase the splendour of a monarch, and form a ground of confidence distinct from a proper confidence in God, and inconsistent with it, and with considering as the glory of Israel. Egypt abounded in horses; and the desire of multiplying these would induce the prince to encourage a trade with that kingdom; and this might make way the Israelites being again subjugated by the Egyptians, or at least corrupted by their idolatries and vices. Whereas, it was the command of God that they should no more return thither, but be totally detached from them. Besides, they might be tempted to extend their dominion by means of cavalry, and so get scattered among the surrounding idolatrous nations, and thus cease to be that distinct, separate people, which God intended they should be.

1 Samuel 8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign …

2 Samuel 8:4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, …

1 Kings 1:5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will …

1 Kings 4:26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, …

1 Kings 10:26-28 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a …

2 Chronicles 9:25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and …

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

Isaiah 36:8,9 Now therefore give pledges, I pray you, to my master the king of …

Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride on horses: neither will …

cause

Isaiah 31:1-3 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

Jeremiah 42:14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall …

Ezekiel 17:15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, …

Ye shall henceforth

Deuteronomy 28:68 And the LORD shall bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the …

Exodus 13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God …

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see …

Numbers 14:3,4 And why has the LORD brought us to this land, to fall by the sword, …

Jeremiah 42:15,16 And now therefore hear the word of the LORD, you remnant of Judah; …

Hosea 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, and the Assyrian shall …







Lexicon
But
רַק֮ (raq)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 7535: But, even, except, howbeit howsoever, at the least, nevertheless

[the king] must not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

acquire many
יַרְבֶּה־ (yar·beh-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

horses
סוּסִים֒ (sū·sîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5483: A swallow, swift (type of bird)

for himself
לּ֣וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

or send the people
הָעָם֙ (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

back
יָשִׁ֤יב (yā·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to Egypt
מִצְרַ֔יְמָה (miṣ·ray·māh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4714: Egypt -- a son of Ham, also his descendants and their country in Northwest Africa

to
לְמַ֖עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 4616: Purpose -- intent

acquire more
הַרְבּ֣וֹת (har·bō·wṯ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

horses,
ס֑וּס (sūs)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5483: A swallow, swift (type of bird)

for the LORD
וַֽיהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

has told you,
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘You are never
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to go back
לָשׁ֛וּב (lā·šūḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

that
הַזֶּ֖ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

way
בַּדֶּ֥רֶךְ (bad·de·reḵ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

again.’
עֽוֹד׃ (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more
Verses 16, 17. - Certain rules are prescribed for the king. It is forbidden to him to multiply horses, to multiply wives, and to amass large treasures of silver and gold, and he must have a copy of the Law written out for him from that kept by the priests, that he might have it by him, and read it all the days of his life. The multiplying of horses is prohibited, because this would bring Israel into intercourse and friendly relations with Egypt, and might tend to their going back to that country from which they had been so marvelously delivered; a prohibition which could only have been given at an early stage in the history of the people, for at a later period, after they had been well established in Canaan, such a prohibition for such a reason would have been simply ridiculous. The prohibition to multiply wives and to amass large treasures has respect to the usage common from the earliest period with Oriental monarchs to have vast harems and huge accumulations of the precious metals, as much for ostentation as for either luxury or use; and as there was no small danger of the King of Israel being seduced to follow this usage, and so to have his heart turned away from the Lord, it was fitting that such a prohibition should be prospectively enacted for his guidance. Both these prohibitions were neglected by Solomon, and probably by others of the Jewish kings; but this only indicates that the law was so ancient that it had come in their time to be regarded as obsolete. The rule that the king was to write him a copy of the Law for his own constant use does not necessarily imply that he was to write this with his own hand; he might cause it to be written by some qualified scribe for him. 17:14-20 God himself was in a particular manner Israel's King; and if they set another over them, it was necessary that he should choose the person. Accordingly, when the people desired a king, they applied to Samuel, a prophet of the Lord. In all cases, God's choice, if we can but know it, should direct, determine, and overrule ours. Laws are given for the prince that should be elected. He must carefully avoid every thing that would turn him from God and religion. Riches, honours, and pleasures, are three great hinderances of godliness, (the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life,) especially to those in high stations; against these the king is here warned. The king must carefully study the law of God, and make that his rule; and having a copy of the Scriptures of his own writing, must read therein all the days of his life. It is not enough to have Bibles, but we must use them, use them daily, as long as we live. Christ's scholars never learn above their Bibles, but will have constant occasion for them, till they come to that world where knowledge and love will be made perfect. The king's writing and reading were as nothing, if he did not practise what he wrote and read. And those who fear God and keep his commandments, will fare the better for it even in this world.
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