Commentary on Deuteronomy 23

Notes (NET Translation) Verses 1-8 concern who may enter "the assembly of the Lord." The term "the assembly of the Lord" can have a couple meanings. First, it can refer to all members of the covenant community (e.g., Ex 16:3; Lev 16:17; Num 19:20; Deut 31:30; Josh 8:35; Judg 20:2; 1 Chr 28:8). Second, it … Continue reading Commentary on Deuteronomy 23

Commentary on Numbers 31

Notes (NET Translation) 1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 2 "Exact vengeance for the Israelites on the Midianites – after that you will be gathered to your people." Moses is to now execute the command originally given by the Lord in 25:16-18 after the Midianites' seduction of Israel at Baal Peor (Num 25). The root … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 31

Numbers 24:20-25

Notes (NET Translation) 20 Then Balaam looked on Amalek and delivered this oracle: "Amalek was the first of the nations, but his end will be that he will perish." Both Saul and David defeated the Amalekites (1 Sam 14:48; 15:1-33; 27:8; 30:1-31; 2 Sam 8:12) and they were destroyed in the days of Hezekiah (1 … Continue reading Numbers 24:20-25

Commentary on Numbers 24:14-19

Notes (NET Translation) 14 And now, I am about to go back to my own people. Come now, and I will advise you as to what this people will do to your people in the future." The Hebrew phrase translated "in the future" (beaharit hayyamim) is in itself ambiguous in that it can refer simply … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 24:14-19

Commentary on Numbers 23:27-24:13

Notes (NET Translation) 23:27 Balak said to Balaam, "Come, please; I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there." 23:28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks toward the wilderness. The "top of Peor" is later known as the … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 23:27-24:13

Commentary on Numbers 23:13-26

Notes (NET Translation) 13 Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place from which you can observe them. You will see only a part of them, but you will not see all of them. Curse them for me from there." Balak thinks a change of place will result in a change of … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 23:13-26

Commentary on Numbers 23:7-12

Notes (NET Translation) 7 Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying, "Balak, the king of Moab, brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, 'Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.' Aram is a region on the upper Euphrates (Deut 23:4). The mountains to the east are in … Continue reading Commentary on Numbers 23:7-12