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
12:21 If the place he 6 chooses to locate his name is too far for you, you may slaughter any of your herd and flock he 7 has given you just as I have stipulated; you may eat them in your villages 8 just as you wish.
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.”
8 tn Heb “gates” (so KJV, NASB); NAB “in your own community.”