Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead.
Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder;
Let them be fixed as a sign on your hand, and marked on your brow;
Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
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1 sn Tie them as a sign on your forearm. Later Jewish tradition referred to the little leather containers tied to the forearms and foreheads as tefillin. They were to contain the following passages from the Torah: Exod 13:1-10, 11-16; Deut 6:5-9; 11:13-21. The purpose was to serve as a “sign” of covenant relationship and obedience.
2 sn Fasten them as symbols on your forehead. These were also known later as tefillin (see previous note) or phylacteries (from the Greek term). These box-like containers, like those on the forearms, held the same scraps of the Torah. It was the hypocritical practice of wearing these without heartfelt sincerity that caused Jesus to speak scathingly about them (cf. Matt 23:5).