Commentary on Numbers 15:32-36

Notes (NET Translation) 32 When the Israelites were in the wilderness they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Many commentators think this passage provides an example of a man sinning defiantly (vv 30-31). In my opinion, the plausibility of this suggestion depends on the meaning of the phrase “there was no clear…

Commentary on Numbers 15:22-31

Notes (NET Translation) Leviticus 4:1–5:13 already has legislation on similar matters. In Lev. 4, four classes of sinners are delineated: the anointed priest (vv. 1–12), the whole community (vv. 13–21), the leader (nāśî, vv. 22–26), and the individual (vv. 27–35). In the present passage these classes are reduced to two more general ones: the community…

Commentary on Numbers 15:17-21

Notes (NET Translation) 17 The LORD spoke to Moses: 18 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you enter the land to which I am bringing you 19 and you eat some of the food of the land, you must offer up a raised offering to the LORD. In Mishnah Ḥallah 1:1, the rabbis…

Commentary on Numbers 15:1-16

Notes (NET Translation) 1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you enter the land where you are to live, which I am giving you, 3 and you make an offering by fire to the LORD from the herd or from the flock (whether a burnt offering or…

Commentary on Numbers 14

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Then all the community raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. “That night” is the night after the spy report was given (ch. 13). 2 And all the Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the…

Commentary on Numbers 13:17-33

Notes (NET Translation) 17 When Moses sent them to investigate the land of Canaan, he told them, “Go up through the Negev, and then go up into the hill country 18 and see what the land is like, and whether the people who live in it are strong or weak, few or many, 19 and…

Commentary on Numbers 13:1-16

Notes (NET Translation) 1 The LORD spoke to Moses: If one takes into account the parallel passage in Deut 1:19–46, the idea of sending scouts originated with the people as they were situated on the southern edge of the Amorite hill country. The idea seemed good to Moses, and the Lord then laid out the instructions…