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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Exodus 15:20


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    King James Bible - Exodus 15:20

    And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

    World English Bible

    Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her
    hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dances.

    Douay-Rheims - Exodus 15:20

    So Mary the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her
    hand: and all the women went forth after her with timbrels and with dances:

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her
    hand; and all the women went out after her, with timbrels, and with dances.

    Original Hebrew

    ותקח
    3947 מרים 4813 הנביאה 5031 אחות 269 אהרן 175 את 853 התף 8596 בידה 3027 ותצאן 3318 כל 3605 הנשׁים 802 אחריה 310 בתפים 8596 ובמחלת׃ 4246

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    VERSE (20) -
    Jud 4:4 1Sa 10:5 2Ki 22:14 Lu 2:36 Ac 21:9 1Co 11:5; 14:34

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 15:20

    Y María la profetisa, hermana de Aarón, tomó el pandero en su mano, y todas las mujeres salieron en pos de ella con panderos y danzas.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Exodus 15:20

    Verse 20. And Miriam the
    prophetess] We have already seen that Miriam was older than either Moses or Aaron: for when Moses was exposed on the Nile, she was a young girl capable of managing the stratagem used for the preservation of his life; and then Aaron was only three years and three months old, for he was fourscore and three years old when Moses was but fourscore, (see chap. vii. 7;) so that Aaron was older than Moses, and Miriam considerably older than either, not less probably than nine or ten years of age. See the notes on "chap. ii. 2".

    There is great diversity of opinion on the origin of the name of Miriam, which is the same with the Greek mariam, the Latin Maria, and the English Mary. Some suppose it to be compounded of rm mar, a drop, (Isa. xl. 15,) and µy yam, the sea, and that from this etymology the heathens formed their Venus, whom they feign to have sprung from the sea. St. Jerome gives several etymologies for the name, which at once show how difficult it is to ascertain it: she who enlightens me, or she who enlightens them, or the star of the sea. Others, the lady of the sea, the bitterness of the sea, &c. It is probable that the first or the last is the true one, but it is a matter of little importance, as we have not the circumstance marked, as in the case of Moses and many others, that gave rise to the name.

    The prophetess] haybnh hannebiah. For the meaning of the word prophet, aybn nabi, see the note on Gen. xx. 7. It is very likely that Miriam was inspired by the Spirit of God to instruct the Hebrew women, as Moses and Aaron were to instruct the men; and when she and her brother Aaron sought to share in the government of the people with Moses, we find her laying claim to the prophetic influence, Num. xii. 2: Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath he not SPOKEN ALSO BY US? And that she was constituted joint leader of the people with her two brothers, we have the express word of God by the Prophet Micah, Micah vi. i5: For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt-and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Hence it is very likely that she was the instructress of the women, and regulated the times, places, &c., of their devotional acts; for it appears that from the beginning to the present day the Jewish women all worshipped apart.

    A timbrel] Pt toph, the same word which is translated tabret, Gen. xxxi. 27, on which the reader is desired to consult the note. See the note on "Gen. xxxi. 27".

    And with dances.] tljm mecholoth. Many learned men suppose that this word means some instruments of wind music, because the word comes from the root llj chalal, the ideal meaning of which is to perforate, penetrate, pierce, stab, and hence to wound. Pipes or hollow tubes, such as flutes, hautboys, and the like, may be intended. Both the Arabic and Persian understand it as meaning instruments of music of the pipe, drum, or sistrum kind; and this seems to comport better with the scope and design of the place than the term dances. It must however be allowed that religious dances have been in use from the remotest times; and yet in most of the places where the term occurs in our translation, an instrument of music bids as fair to be its meaning as a dance of any kind. Miriam is the first prophetess on record, and by this we find that God not only poured out his Spirit upon men, but upon women also; and we learn also that Miriam was not only a prophetess, but a poetess also, and must have had considerable skill in music to have been able to conduct her part of these solemnities. It may appear strange that during so long an oppression in Egypt, the Israelites were able to cultivate the fine arts; but that they did so there is the utmost evidence from the Pentateuch. Not only architecture, weaving, and such necessary arts, were well known among them, but also the arts that are called ornamental, such as those of the goldsmith, lapidary, embroiderer, furrier, &c., of which we have ample proof in the construction of the tabernacle and its utensils. However ungrateful, rebellious, &c., the Jews may have been, the praise of industry and economy can never be denied them. In former ages, and in all places even of their dispersions, they appear to have been frugal and industrious, and capable of great proficiency in the most elegant and curious arts; but they are now greatly degenerated.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-21 - This song is the most ancient we know of. It is a holy song, to the honour of God, to exalt his name, and celebrate his praise, and his only, not in the least to magnify any man. Holiness to the Lord is in every part of it. It may be considered as typical, and prophetical of the final destruction of the enemies of the church. Happy the people whose God is the Lord. They have work to do, temptations to grappl with, and afflictions to bear, and are weak in themselves; but his grace is their strength. They are often in sorrow, but in him they have comfort; he is their song. Sin, and death, and hell threaten them, but he is, and will be their salvation. The Lord is a God of almight power, and woe to those that strive with their Maker! He is a God of matchless perfection; he is glorious in holiness; his holiness is his glory. His holiness appears in the hatred of sin, and his wrath agains obstinate sinners. It appears in the deliverance of Israel, and his faithfulness to his own promise. He is fearful in praises; that whic is matter of praise to the servants of God, is very dreadful to his enemies. He is doing wonders, things out of the common course of nature; wondrous to those in whose favour they are wrought, who are s unworthy, that they had no reason to expect them. There were wonders of power and wonders of grace; in both, God was to be humbly adored.


    Original Hebrew

    ותקח 3947 מרים 4813 הנביאה 5031 אחות 269 אהרן 175 את 853 התף 8596 בידה 3027 ותצאן 3318 כל 3605 הנשׁים 802 אחריה 310 בתפים 8596 ובמחלת׃ 4246


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