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.
12:7 Both you and your families 4 must feast there before the Lord your God and rejoice in all the output of your labor with which he 5 has blessed you.
1 tn Heb “the Lord your God.” The pronoun has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons to avoid redundancy.
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 your houses,” referring to entire households. The pronouns “you” and “your” are plural in the Hebrew text.
5 tn Heb “the Lord your God.” See note on “he” in 12:5.