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by building ourselves an altar to turn away from following after Yahweh, or if to offer burnt offerings or grain offerings or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings, let Yahweh himself examine it. Bible

“burnt offerings or grain offerings.” The Hebrew is singular; a collective singular expressed in English as a plural.

“from following after Yahweh.” People follow Yahweh in the same sense that students follow the Rabbi.

“let Yahweh himself examine it.” The Transjordan tribes had nothing to hide and were willing to prove it. If the altar was in rebellion, Yahweh’s wrath would be upon them.


Commentary for: Joshua 22:23