Exodus 16:34 in some bible versions mentions some tablets and I was just wondering if anyone knew what was on those tablets.

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    Appears to be a duplicate of : hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/18699/… - which was not closed for being "opinion-based". Apr 20, 2017 at 18:09
  • I agree with Elika Kohen. A good answer here would provide "facts" to support the "opinion" being expressed. ALL answers to ALL questions are opinion-based!!!
    – enegue
    Apr 20, 2017 at 23:03
  • @elikakohen Your edit to the question needs to be rolled back. Exodus 16:34 speaks of הָעֵדֻ֖ת ("the Testimony" - Strong's H5715 - `eduwth), which Gesenius says is "especially used of the decalogue". So clarification needs to be made on the appearance of הָעֵדֻ֖ת in Exodus 16:34.
    – enegue
    Apr 21, 2017 at 0:37
  • @dpb2020 - Feel free to chime in! Hopefully, we can get this reopened. Apr 21, 2017 at 1:07
  • @elikakohen I believe the OP's dilemma concerns הָעֵדֻ֖ת, which commentators, as indicated by freethinker (first responder), have tried to address. So, it might be better to edit the question to identify the problem caused by the appearance of the word הָעֵדֻ֖ת in Exodus 16:34. Exodus 31:18 is not a problem and was not brought to the attention of the community, so it should be removed from the OP's question.
    – enegue
    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:19

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Apparently the verse you are referring to is a little bit anachronistic and it may actually be referring to the tablets you probably know as the ones that have the ten commandments, although at this point in the story Moses hadn't gone up yet to the mount to receive them from god. Read the Matthew Poole's Commentary

This text only tells us that Aaron did lay it up, but it doth not determine the time, nor affirm that it was done at this instant

The tablets, according to the bible, contained the Ten Commandments plus other laws or words as the following verses state,

Exodus 31:18, Exodus 34:1, Exodus 34:27-28

although the interpretations of exactly what was contained are ambiguous. For example read Adam Clarke Commentary

Either a transcript of the whole law now delivered, or the words included from Exodus 34:11; to Exodus 34:26.

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