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Numbers 17:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of Jehovah, dieth: shall we perish all of us?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Whoever approacheth the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Every one that comes at all near to the tabernacle of Jehovah shall die: shall we then expire altogether?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— whosoever draweth near—draweth near—unto the habitation of Yahweh, dieth,—are we ever to have made an end of breathing our last?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— any who is at all drawing near unto the tabernacle of Jehovah dieth; have we not been consumed—to expire?'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Whosoever approacheth to the tabernacle of the Lord, he dieth. Are we all to a man to be utterly destroyed?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Whosoeuer commeth any thing neere vnto the Tabernacle of the LORD, shall die: Shall wee be consumed with dying?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Every one that touches the tabernacle of the Lord, dies: shall we die utterly?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of Yahweh shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Whosoever x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
cometh any thing near 7131
{7131} Prime
From H7126; near.
unto x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
the tabernacle 4908
{4908} Prime
From H7931; a residence (including a shepherd's hut, the lair of animals, figuratively the grave; also the Temple); specifically the Tabernacle (properly its wooden walls).
of Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
shall die: 4191
{4191} Prime
A primitive root; to die (literally or figuratively); causatively to kill.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
shall we be consumed 8552
{8552} Prime
A primitive root; to complete, in a good or a bad sense, literally or figuratively, transitively or intransitively.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
with dying? 1478
{1478} Prime
A primitive root; to breathe out, that is, (by implication) expire.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 17:12-13.

Numbers 17:13

_ _ cometh any thing near — that is, nearer than he ought to do; an error into which many may fall. Will the stern justice of God overtake every slight offense? We shall all be destroyed. Some, however, regard this exclamation as the symptom or a new discontent, rather than the indication of a reverential and submissive spirit. Let us fear and sin not.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 17:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Numbers 17:13

Near — Nearer than be should do; an error which we may easily commit. Will God proceed with us according to his strict justice, till all the people be cut off?

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Numbers 1:51-53 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. ... But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.
Numbers 18:4-7 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you. ... Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for every thing of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office [unto you] as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

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Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
1 Samuel 6:19-21 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great slaughter. ... And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down, [and] fetch it up to you.
2 Samuel 6:6-12 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth [his hand] to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook [it]. ... And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that [pertaineth] unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
1 Chronicles 13:11-13 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day. ... So David brought not the ark [home] to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
1 Chronicles 15:13 For because ye [did it] not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.
Psalms 130:3-4 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? ... But [there is] forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Acts 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
Acts 5:11-14 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. ... And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Hebrews 10:19-22 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, ... Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.


Numbers 16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
Numbers 32:13 And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.
Deuteronomy 2:16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people,
Job 34:14-15 If he set his heart upon man, [if] he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; ... All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
Psalms 90:7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
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Gn 3:3. Nu 1:51; 16:26; 18:4; 32:13. Dt 2:16. 1S 6:19. 2S 6:6. 1Ch 13:11; 15:13. Jb 34:14. Ps 90:7; 130:3. Is 28:22. Ac 5:5, 11. Ep 2:13. He 10:19.

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