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Exodus 24:6-7

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24:6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and half of the blood he splashed on the altar. 1  24:7 He took the Book of the Covenant 2  and read it aloud 3  to the people, and they said, “We are willing to do and obey 4  all that the Lord has spoken.”

1 sn The people and Yahweh through this will be united by blood, for half was spattered on the altar and the other half spattered on/toward the people (v. 8).

2 tn The noun “book” would be the scroll just written containing the laws of chaps. 20-23. On the basis of this scroll the covenant would be concluded here. The reading of this book would assure the people that it was the same that they had agreed to earlier. But now their statement of willingness to obey would be more binding, because their promise would be confirmed by a covenant of blood.

3 tn Heb “read it in the ears of.”

4 tn A second verb is now added to the people’s response, and it is clearly an imperfect and not a cohortative, lending support for the choice of desiderative imperfect in these commitments – “we want to obey.” This was their compliance with the covenant.



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