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Joshua 8:32-35

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8:32 There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua inscribed on the stones a duplicate of the law written by Moses. 1  8:33 All the people, 2  rulers, 3  leaders, and judges were standing on either side of the ark, in front of the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord. Both resident foreigners and native Israelites were there. 4  Half the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and the other half in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the Lord’s servant had previously instructed to them to do for the formal blessing ceremony. 5  8:34 Then 6  Joshua read aloud all the words of the law, including the blessings and the curses, just as they are written in the law scroll. 8:35 Joshua read aloud every commandment Moses had given 7  before the whole assembly of Israel, including the women, children, and resident foreigners who lived among them. 8 

1 tn Heb “and he wrote there on the stones a duplicate of the law of Moses which he wrote before the sons of Israel.”

2 tn Heb “All Israel.”

3 tn Or “elders.”

4 tn Heb “like the resident alien, like the citizen.” The language is idiomatic, meaning that both groups were treated the same, at least in this instance.

5 tn Heb “as Moses, the Lord’s servant, commanded to bless the people, Israel, formerly.”

sn Moses’ earlier instructions are found in Deut 11:29.

6 tn Or “afterward.”

7 tn Heb “There was not a word from all which Moses commanded that Joshua did not read aloud.”

8 tn Heb “walked in their midst.”



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