References to: Deuteronomy

What Does Deuteronomy 6:4 Mean?

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4, NIV).

The problem in translating this verse is not the meaning of the Hebrew term for “one,” but the division of the sentence “Yahweh Elohim Yahweh echad.” Since the Hebrew text has no punctuation, various renderings are possible, all requiring the addition of the verb “is.” The four most important possibilities can be found in the New Revised Standard Version and its footnote on this verse:

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