Deuteronomy 6:20
New International Version
In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?”

New Living Translation
“In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the LORD our God has commanded us to obey?’

English Standard Version
“When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’

Berean Study Bible
In the future, when your son asks, “What is the meaning of the decrees and statutes and ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you?”

King James Bible
And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?

New King James Version
“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?’

New American Standard Bible
“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the provisions and the statutes and the judgments mean which the LORD our God commanded you?’

NASB 1995
“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the LORD our God commanded you?’

NASB 1977
“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the LORD our God commanded you?’

Amplified Bible
“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and statutes and judgments (precepts) which the LORD our God has commanded you?’

Christian Standard Bible
“When your son asks you in the future, ‘What is the meaning of the decrees, statutes, and ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you? ’

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When your son asks you in the future, ‘What is the meaning of the decrees, statutes, and ordinances, which the LORD our God has commanded you?’

American Standard Version
When thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Jehovah our God hath commanded you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when your son will ask you tomorrow and will say to you, ‘What is the Testimony and the Law and the Judgment that LORD JEHOVAH our God commanded you?.’

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it shall come to pass when thy son shall ask thee at a future time, saying, What are the testimonies, and the ordinances, and the judgments, which the Lord our God has commanded us?

Contemporary English Version
Someday your children will ask, "Why did the LORD give us these laws and teachings?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when thy son shall ask thee to morrow, saying: What mean these testimonies, and ceremonies and judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded us?

English Revised Version
When thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?

Good News Translation
"In times to come your children will ask you, 'Why did the LORD our God command us to obey all these laws?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the future your children will ask you, "What do these regulations, laws, and rules which the LORD our God commanded you mean to you?"

International Standard Version
"When your son asks you in the future, 'What is the meaning of the instructions, decrees, and ordinances that the LORD our God commanded you?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
When thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying: 'What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?

Literal Standard Version
When your son asks you hereafter, saying, What [are] the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments which our God YHWH has commanded you?

NET Bible
When your children ask you later on, "What are the stipulations, statutes, and ordinances that the LORD our God commanded you?"

New Heart English Bible
When your son asks you in time to come, saying, "What do the testimonies, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD our God has commanded you mean?"

World English Bible
When your son asks you in time to come, saying, "What do the testimonies, the statutes, and the ordinances, which Yahweh our God has commanded you mean?"

Young's Literal Translation
When thy son asketh thee hereafter, saying, What are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Jehovah our God hath commanded you?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Teach Your Children
20In the future, when your son asks, “What is the meaning of the decrees and statutes and ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you?” 21then you are to tell him, “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.…

Cross References
Exodus 13:8
And on that day you are to explain to your son, 'This is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'

Exodus 13:14
In the future, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' you are to tell him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen, and so that they do not slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 6:19
driving out all your enemies before you, as the LORD has said.

Deuteronomy 6:21
then you are to tell him, "We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

Psalm 44:1
We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us the work You did in their days, in days of long ago.


Treasury of Scripture

And when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God has commanded you?

when thy son

Deuteronomy 6:7
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Exodus 12:26
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

Exodus 13:14
And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:

in time to come [heb] tomorrow









(20) What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments.--These three words appear for the first time together in the introduction to this discourse (Deuteronomy 4:45). The Law, or Torah, includes charges, and institutions, and requirements. The Decalogue itself is primarily the Torah; the charge which follows may come under the head of "testimony." The "statutes" and "judgments" more properly describe the contents of the chapters from Deuteronomy 11-26 inclusive.

Verses 20-25. - The injunction to teach the words of the Lord to the children (ver. 7) is here more largely explained. When asked by their sons the meaning and reason of the commandments and institutes which they observed, they were to show them what the Lord had done for his people in bringing them out of Egypt and establishing them in Canaan, and how he had enjoined on them all these statutes that they might fear Jehovah their God for their good always, and for their preservation and safety.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
In the future,
מָחָ֖ר (mā·ḥār)
Adverb
Strong's 4279: Deferred, the morrow, tomorrow, hereafter

when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

your son
בִנְךָ֛ (ḇin·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

asks you,
יִשְׁאָלְךָ֥ (yiš·’ā·lə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

“What
מָ֣ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

is the meaning of the decrees
הָעֵדֹ֗ת (hā·‘ê·ḏōṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5713: Testimony, witness

and statutes
וְהַֽחֻקִּים֙ (wə·ha·ḥuq·qîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

and ordinances
וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים (wə·ham·miš·pā·ṭîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

the LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

our God
אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ (’ĕ·lō·hê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

has commanded you?”
צִוָּ֛ה (ṣiw·wāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order


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