12:25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give to you, just as he said, you must observe 1 this ceremony.
22:24 and my anger will burn and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will be widows and your children will be fatherless. 2
24:14 He told the elders, “Wait for us in this place until we return to you. Here are 3 Aaron and Hur with you. Whoever has any matters of dispute 4 can approach 5 them.”
36:36 He made for it four posts of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold, with gold hooks, 6 and he cast for them four silver bases.
37:14 The rings were close to the frame to provide places for the poles to carry the table.
1 tn The verb used here and at the beginning of v. 24 is שָׁמַר (shamar); it can be translated “watch, keep, protect,” but in this context the point is to “observe” the religious customs and practices set forth in these instructions.
2 sn The punishment will follow the form of talionic justice, an eye for an eye, in which the punishment matches the crime. God will use invading armies (“sword” is a metonymy of adjunct here) to destroy them, making their wives widows and their children orphans.
3 tn The word הִנֵּה (hinneh) calls attention to the presence of Aaron and Hur to answer the difficult cases that might come up.
4 tn Or “issues to resolve.” The term is simply דְּבָרִים (dÿvarim, “words, things, matters”).
5 tn The imperfect tense here has the nuance of potential imperfect. In the absence of Moses and Joshua, Aaron and Hur will be available.
sn Attention to the preparation for Moses’ departure contributes to the weight of the guilt of the faithless Israelites (chap. 32) and of Aaron, to whom Moses had delegated an important duty.
6 tn Heb “and their hooks gold.”