12:5 But you must seek only the place he 1 chooses from all your tribes to establish his name as his place of residence, 2 and you must go there.
12:11 Then you must come to the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to reside, bringing 3 everything I am commanding you – your burnt offerings, sacrifices, tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 4 and all your choice votive offerings which you devote to him. 5
12:14 for you may do so 6 only in the place the Lord chooses in one of your tribal areas – there you may do everything I am commanding you. 7
12:18 Only in the presence of the Lord your God may you eat these, in the place he 8 chooses. This applies to you, your son, your daughter, your male and female servants, and the Levites 9 in your villages. In that place you will rejoice before the Lord your God in all the output of your labor. 10
16:6 but you must sacrifice it 11 in the evening in 12 the place where he 13 chooses to locate his name, at sunset, the time of day you came out of Egypt.
1 tn Heb “the
2 tc Some scholars, on the basis of v. 11, emend the MT reading שִׁכְנוֹ (shikhno, “his residence”) to the infinitive construct לְשָׁכֵן (lÿshakhen, “to make [his name] to dwell”), perhaps with the 3rd person masculine singular sf לְשַׁכְּנוֹ (lÿshakÿno, “to cause it to dwell”). Though the presupposed nounשֵׁכֶן (shekhen) is nowhere else attested, the parallel here with שַׁמָּה (shammah, “there”) favors retaining the MT as it stands.
3 tn Heb “and it will be (to) the place where the Lord your God chooses to cause his name to dwell you will bring.”
4 tn Heb “heave offerings of your hand.”
6 tn Heb “offer burnt offerings.” The expression “do so” has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons to avoid redundancy.
7 sn This injunction to worship in a single and central sanctuary – one limited and appropriate to the thrice-annual festival celebrations (see Exod 23:14-17; 34:22-24; Lev 23:4-36; Deut 16:16-17) – marks a departure from previous times when worship was carried out at local shrines (cf. Gen 8:20; 12:7; 13:18; 22:9; 26:25; 35:1, 3, 7; Exod 17:15). Apart from the corporate worship of the whole theocratic community, however, worship at local altars would still be permitted as in the past (Deut 16:21; Judg 6:24-27; 13:19-20; 1 Sam 7:17; 10:5, 13; 2 Sam 24:18-25; 1 Kgs 18:30).
10 tn Heb “in all the sending forth of your hands.”
11 tn Heb “the Passover.” The translation uses a pronoun to avoid redundancy in English.
12 tc The MT reading אֶל (’el, “unto”) before “the place” should, following Smr, Syriac, Targums, and Vulgate, be omitted in favor of ב (bet; בַּמָּקוֹם, bammaqom), “in the place.”