The multi-verse rule simply states that some Biblical sentences
span multiple verses. Knowledge of the multi-verse rule enables one
to see distinct Biblical sentences as contributing meaning to each other.
Today's example illustrates this.
The multi-verse rule states that sometimes a single Biblical sentence consists of several verses.
By viewing these separate verses as part of one sentence we gain insight into their meaning. The multi-verse
rule is subsumed under the paragraph-formatting rule since like the paragraph rule Biblical meaning
is inferred from the context of formatting, that is since the two verses are seen as one sentence further
meaning may be read into them by virtue of this structure.Today's example illustrates this.
Verses Dt02-16:17 forms one Biblical sentence and should be read as indicated below. In the translation below
the bracketed words indicate connective words binding the multiple verses into one sentence. These bracketed words
indicate further meaning to the sentence corresponding to the Rashi comment.
[When] all the men of war had perished and died from among the camp, [then]
the Lord spoke to me [Moses], for purposes of saying over.
Rashi further clarifies the new meaning inferred from the multi-verse: The emphasis that God
spoke to Moses after the sinners had died out teaches us that the true purpose of prophetic communication
is for the community (and therefore as long as the community was being punished there was no need for prophetic