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נצבים - "You Stand"

Weekly parashah #51: Nitzavim

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Deuteronomy 29:10

"You stand today, all of you, before the LORD your G-d: your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel,

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The Hebrew Word

Nitzav (Strong's #5324) is a primitive root word which means "to station". It is used 79 times in 73 verses in the Tanakh.

First use in Scripture

The first time nitzav is used in Scripture is in Genesis 18:2.

Genesis 18:2

When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,


Last use in Scripture

The last time nitzav is used in Scripture is in Zechariah 11:16.

Zechariah 11:16

"For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or sustain the one standing, but will devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hoofs.

Parashah Outline

  • Restoration Promised - Deuteronomy 30:1
  • Exhortation to Choose Life - Deuteronomy 30:15

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Other Observations



None of the traditional 613 commandments is found in this parashah.








73 verses that include nitzav (Strong's #5324)



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