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. 12:6 And there you must take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 3 your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.
12:11 Then you must come to the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to reside, bringing 4 everything I am commanding you – your burnt offerings, sacrifices, tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 5 and all your choice votive offerings which you devote to him. 6 12:12 You shall rejoice in the presence of the Lord your God, along with your sons, daughters, male and female servants, and the Levites in your villages 7 (since they have no allotment or inheritance with you). 8
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 “heave offerings of your hand.”
4 tn Heb “and it will be (to) the place where the Lord your God chooses to cause his name to dwell you will bring.”
5 tn Heb “heave offerings of your hand.”
7 tn Heb “within your gates” (so KJV, NASB); NAB “who belongs to your community.”