Deuteronomy 17:16
Text Analysis
7535 [e]רַק֮
3808 [e]לֹא־
7235 [e]יַרְבֶּה־
he shall multiplyV-Hifil-Imperf-3ms
for himselfPrep | 3ms
5483 [e]סוּסִים֒
3808 [e]וְלֹֽא־
norConj-w | Adv-NegPrt
7725 [e]יָשִׁ֤יב
cause to returnV-Hifil-Imperf-3ms
853 [e]אֶת־
5971 [e]הָעָם֙
the peopleArt | N-ms
4714 [e]מִצְרַ֔יְמָה
to EgyptN-proper-fs | 3fs
4616 [e]לְמַ֖עַן
7235 [e]הַרְבּ֣וֹת
5483 [e]ס֑וּס
3068 [e]וַֽיהוָה֙
for YahwehConj-w | N-proper-ms
559 [e]אָמַ֣ר
has saidV-Qal-Perf-3ms
to youPrep | 2mp
3808 [e]לֹ֣א
3254 [e]תֹסִפ֗וּן
You shallV-Hifil-Imperf-2mp | Pn
7725 [e]לָשׁ֛וּב
returnPrep-l | V-Qal-Inf
1870 [e]בַּדֶּ֥רֶךְ
wayPrep-b, Art | N-cs
2088 [e]הַזֶּ֖ה
thisArt | Pro-ms
5750 [e]עֽוֹד׃

Hebrew Texts
דברים 17:16 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
רַק֮ לֹא־יַרְבֶּה־לֹּ֣ו סוּסִים֒ וְלֹֽא־יָשִׁ֤יב אֶת־הָעָם֙ מִצְרַ֔יְמָה לְמַ֖עַן הַרְבֹּ֣ות ס֑וּס וַֽיהוָה֙ אָמַ֣ר לָכֶ֔ם לֹ֣א תֹסִפ֗וּן לָשׁ֛וּב בַּדֶּ֥רֶךְ הַזֶּ֖ה עֹֽוד׃

דברים 17:16 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
רק לא־ירבה־לו סוסים ולא־ישיב את־העם מצרימה למען הרבות סוס ויהוה אמר לכם לא תספון לשוב בדרך הזה עוד׃

דברים 17:16 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
רק לא־ירבה־לו סוסים ולא־ישיב את־העם מצרימה למען הרבות סוס ויהוה אמר לכם לא תספון לשוב בדרך הזה עוד׃

דברים 17:16 Hebrew Bible
רק לא ירבה לו סוסים ולא ישיב את העם מצרימה למען הרבות סוס ויהוה אמר לכם לא תספון לשוב בדרך הזה עוד׃

Parallel Verses
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.

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.'
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 …


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 …

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