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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Numbers 12:3


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    King James Bible - Numbers 12:3

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

    World English Bible

    Now the man
    Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth.

    Douay-Rheims - Numbers 12:3

    (For
    Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth)

    Webster's Bible Translation

    (Now the man
    Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth.)

    Original Hebrew

    והאישׁ
    376 משׁה 4872 ענו 6035 מאד 3966 מכל 3605 האדם 120 אשׁר 834 על 5921 פני 6440 האדמה׃ 127

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    VERSE (3) -
    Ps 147:6; 149:4 Mt 5:5; 11:29; 21:5 2Co 10:1 1Th 2:7 Jas 3:13

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 12:3

    Y aquel varón Moisés era muy manso, más que todos los hombres que había sobre la tierra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Numbers 12:3

    Verse 3. Now the man
    Moses was very meek] How could Moses, who certainly was as humble and modest as he was meek, write this encomium upon himself? I think the word is not rightly understood; wn[ anav, which we translate meek, comes from hn[ anah, to act upon, to humble, depress, afflict, and is translated so in many places in the Old Testament; and in this sense it should be understood here: "Now this man Moses was depressed or afflicted more than any man hmdah haadamah, of that land." And why was he so? Because of the great burden he had to bear in the care and government of this people, and because of their ingratitude and rebellion both against God and himself: of this depression and affliction, see the fullest proof in the preceding chapter. The very power they envied was oppressive to its possessor, and was more than either of their shoulders could sustain.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 3. Now the man
    Moses [was] very meek , etc.] So that they might say anything against him, and he not be affronted, nor resent any injury; and this therefore is introduced as a reason why the Lord undertook the cause, and vindicated him, resenting the obloquies of Miriam and Aaron against him; because he knew he was so exceeding meek, that he himself would pass it by without taking notice of it, though he might hear it: hence the Targum of Jonathan “and he cared not for their words;” they gave him no concern or uneasiness, so meek, mild, and gentle was he: and this is to be considered; not as a self-commendation of Moses, but as a testimony of his character by God himself, by whom he was inspired in writing it; though it is possible this might be added by another hand, Joshua or Ezra, under the same direction and inspiration of the Spirit of God; who chose that such a character of Moses should stand here, in opposition to the calumnies cast upon him, and as giving a reason why not he himself, but the Lord, appeared in his vindication, he being so meek and lowly, as is said of his antitype, and by himself, ( Matthew 11:29); above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth ; being seldom angry, and when he was, it was generally, if not always, when the honour of God was concerned, and not on account of his own person and character; though it must not be said of him that he was perfect in this respect, or free from passion, or from blame at any time on account of it, but, when compared with others, he was the meekest man that ever lived; whereby he became the fittest person to have to do with such a peevish, perverse, and rebellious people as the Israelites were, whom no other man could well have bore with.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-9 - The
    patience of Moses was tried in his own family, as well as by the people. The pretence was, that he had married a foreign wife; but probably their pride was hurt, and their envy stirred up, by his superior authority. Opposition from our near relations, and from religious friends, is most painful. But this is to be looked for, an it will be well if in such circumstances we can preserve the gentlenes and meekness of Moses. Moses was thus fitted to the work he was calle to. God not only cleared Moses, but praised him. Moses had the spiri of prophecy in a way which set him far above all other prophets; yet he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he; and ou Lord Jesus infinitely excels him, Heb 3:1. Let Miriam and Aaro consider whom it was they insulted. We have reason to be afraid of saying or doing any thing against the servants of God. And those ar presumptuous indeed who are not afraid to speak evil of dignities, 2P 2:10. The removal of God's presence is the surest and saddest token of God's displeasure. Woe to us, if he depart! he never departs, till by sin and folly we drive him from us.


    Original Hebrew

    והאישׁ 376 משׁה 4872 ענו 6035 מאד 3966 מכל 3605 האדם 120 אשׁר 834 על 5921 פני 6440 האדמה׃ 127


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