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Numbers 12:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— (Now the man Moses [was] very meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— (Now the man Moses [was] very meek, above all the men who [were] upon the face of the earth.)
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But the man Moses was very meek, above all men that were upon the face of the earth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Now, the man Moses, was patient, exceedingly,—above all the sons of earth, who were on the face of the ground.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And the man Moses [is] very humble, more than any of the men who [are] on the face of the ground.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— (For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth)
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— (Now the man Moses was very meeke, aboue all the men which were vpon the face of the earth.)
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the man Mosheh{gr.Moses} was very meek beyond all the men that were upon the earth.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— (Now the man Mosheh [was] very meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
(Now the man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
M מֹשֶׁה 4872
{4872} Prime
From H4871; drawing out (of the water), that is, rescued; Mosheh, the Israelitish lawgiver.
[was] very 3966
{3966} Prime
From the same as H0181; properly vehemence, that is, (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated).
meek, 6035
{6035} Prime
The second form is by intermixture with H6041; from H6031; depressed (figuratively), in mind (gentle) or circumstances (needy, especially saintly).
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
above all x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
the men 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
which x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
[were] upon x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the face 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
of the earth.) 127
{0127} Prime
From H0119; soil (from its general redness).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Numbers 12:3

_ _ the man Moses was very meek — (Exodus 14:13; Exodus 32:12, Exodus 32:13; Numbers 14:13; Numbers 21:7; Deuteronomy 9:18). This observation might have been made to account for Moses taking no notice of their angry reproaches and for God’s interposing so speedily for the vindication of His servant’s cause. The circumstance of Moses recording an eulogium on a distinguishing excellence of his own character is not without a parallel among the sacred writers, when forced to it by the insolence and contempt of opponents (2 Corinthians 11:5; 2 Corinthians 12:11, 2 Corinthians 12:12). But it is not improbable that, as this verse appears to be a parenthesis, it may have been inserted as a gloss by Ezra or some later prophet. Others, instead of “very meek,” suggest “very afflicted,” as the proper rendering.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 12:1-3.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Numbers 12:3

Meek — This is added as the reason why Moses took no notice of their reproach, and why God did so severely plead his cause. Thus was he fitted for the work he was called to, which required all the meekness he had. And this is often more tried by the unkindness of our friends, than by the malice of our enemies. Probably this commendation was added, as some other clauses were, by some succeeding prophet. How was Moses so meek, when we often read of his anger? But this only proves, that the law made nothing perfect.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Numbers 12:3

(Now the man Moses [was] very (b) meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)

(b) And so endured their grudging, although he knew of them.

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Psalms 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Psalms 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence [am] base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
James 3:13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
1 Peter 3:4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.


Numbers 11:10-15 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased. ... And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
Numbers 20:10-12 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? ... And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Psalms 106:32-33 They angered [him] also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: ... Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
James 3:2-3 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body. ... Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
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Nu 11:10; 20:10. Ps 106:32; 147:6; 149:4. Mt 5:5; 11:29; 21:5. 2Co 10:1; 11:5; 12:11. 1Th 2:7. Jm 3:2, 13. 1P 3:4.

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