30-32 One day, Joshua led the people of Israel to Mount Ebal, where he told some of his men, “Build an altar for offering sacrifices to the Lord. And use stones that have never been cut with iron tools,[a] because that is what Moses taught in The Book of the Law.”[b]
Joshua offered sacrifices to please the Lord[c] and to ask his blessing.[d] Then with the Israelites still watching, he copied parts of The Book of the Law[e] of Moses onto stones.
8.30-32use stones. . . iron tools: See Exodus 20.25.
8.30-32taught. . . Law: Or “commanded. . . Teachings.”
8.30-32sacrifices to please the Lord: These sacrifices have been traditionally called “whole burnt offerings” because the whole animal was burned on the altar. A main purpose of such sacrifices was to please the Lord with the smell of the sacrifice, and so in the CEV they are often called “sacrifices to please the Lord.”
8.30-32to ask his blessing: These sacrifices have traditionally been called “peace offerings,” or “offerings of well-being.” A main purpose was to ask for the Lord’s blessing, and so in the CEV they are often called “sacrifices to ask the Lord’s blessing.”
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