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At the end of Parshas Va'eschanan all the Chumashim I have seen (example 1) (example 2) (example 3) mention that there are 118 verses - Uziel Siman - as Uziel = 118. Artscroll Chumash has the same information. Yet if one counts the verses, there are actually 122. What is the reason for this discrepancy?

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Tzav is also off. Presumably the author of those notes had a different text in front of him. Anyone know when/where he lived? – Double AA Jul 21 '13 at 4:10
@DoubleAA: By Tzav it is only off by one. And you can say the author took that liberty in order for it to be the Gematria of Tzav and in Gematria there is such a thing as being off by 1. However here it is off by 4. – Gershon Gold Jul 21 '13 at 4:17
That's a very weak explanation for somebody making a mnemonic to pass on the mesorah of how many verses are in a parsha. – Double AA Jul 21 '13 at 4:19
@DoubleAA re "Anyone know when/where he lived?": I'd venture a guess that that's unknown. It's part of the m'sora (specifically, the so-called masora finalis). – msh210 Jul 21 '13 at 6:21

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the same thing happens in parshas yisro 72 and 75- I was told that the 10 commandments can be grouped slightly differently than originally eg lo signov lo tirzoch were possibly previously in one verse other discrepancies in parshas Bo and Vayishlach - I don't have an answer for that :(

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See הערות התמימים ואנ"ש - מוריסטאון No. 413, 5746, page 4 for discussion of this topic. – Ephraim Oct 18 '13 at 10:55 – Yishai Oct 18 '13 at 13:17

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