a copy of this law
17:18 a copy of this law. Not only were Moses’ original writings being preserved in the ark of the covenant, but copies were to be for kings, and no doubt for others. Note that, when the young boy Joash was made king of Israel, a copy of “the testimony” was given him at the time he was crowned king (II Chronicles 23:11. Both judges and Levites would also need copies (II Chronicles 17:7-9; 19:10). No king or any other official should ever consider himself above God’s law. The king, or president, or any ruler is specially responsible before God to “read therein all the days of his life,” conforming his life and his reign to the Word of God.