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unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 23. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them, to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen. 24. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians, through the pillar of fire, and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians. 25. And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, “ Let us flee from the face of Israel; 66 for the LORD fighteth for them, against “ the Egyptians.'

26. And the LORD said unto Moses, - Stretch out thine hand “ over the sea, that 'the waters may come « again upon the Egyptians, upon their « chariots, and upon their horsemen." 27. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his

strength when the morning appeared, a the Egyptians fled against it; and the Loi overthrew the Egyptians in the midst the sea. 28. And the waters returned a covered the chariots, and the horseme and all the host of Pharaoh that came ir the sea after them : there remained not much as one of them. 29. But the ch dren of Israel walked upon dry land in t midst of the sea : and the waters wer! wall unto them on their right hand, and their left. 30. Thus the LORD saved in that day out of the hand of the Egyptian and Israel saw the Egyptians dead uponi sea-shore, 31. And Israel saw that gre work which the LORD did upon the Egy tians: and the people feared the Los and believed the LORD, and his serta Moses.


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6) son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took c) men.

2. And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown. 3. And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, “ (d) Ye take too much s6 upon you ; seeing (e) all the congrega

« tion are holy every one of them, and it “ LORD is among them : wherefore the “ lift you up yourselves above the congue “ gation of the LORD ?” 4. And whe Moses heard it, he fell upon his fa 5. And he spake unto Korah and unto il his company, saying, “ Even to-moto “ the LORD will shew who are his, and w is (f) holy; and will cause bim to com “ near unto him: even him whom he hair « chosen will he cause to come near na • him. 6. This do; take you censen “ Korah, and all his company ; ?:

AB “ put fire therein, and put incense in that

(a) Rather more than two years after the departure from Egypt, after the sentence that they should be forty years in the wilderness, i Hales, 397. Before the birth of Christ 1489.

(6) v. 1. “ Izhar." He was brother to Amram ; the father of Moses and Aaron: Korah therefore was cousin to Moses and Aaron. 2 Hales, 214. (c) vs. 's took men," or

were set on Sedge,' or “ assembled.” (d) 0.3.

“ Ye take too much opon you." God had ordered Moses, Exod. xl. 13. 15. to anoint Aaron and his sons, that they might minister unto God in the priest's office, and any stranger who should come nigh (i. e. so to

minister) was to be put to death. Levit. B The Levites were given to Aaron, and sons, to minister unto them, to keep the insure ments of the tabernacle and to do the service the tabernacle, Numb. iii. 7. 8. 9. and Numb. i. 50. – viii. 19. and this excluste privilege in the family of Aaron, and the subor dinate condition of the Levites, seems to hate been the ground of this rebellion.

(e) v. 3. “All the congregation are bols and therefore, as they would infer, all equal admissible into the priest's office.

ņ) 0.5:7. “ Holy," or "separated « selected for his service." Heb.

before the LORD to morrow; and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.” . And Moses said unto Korah, “ Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi : 9. Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation, to minister unto them? 10. And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee : and seek ye the

priesthood also ? 1. For which cause both thou, and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what (f) is Aaron that ye murmur against him?"

12. And Moses sent to all Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab: hich said, “ We will not come up. 13. Is

it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land, that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilder. ness, except thou make thyself altoge

ther a prince over us? 14. Moreover, thou hast not brought us into a land that · floweth with milk and honey, or given s us inheritance of fields, and vineyards : ' wilt thou (8) put out the eyes of these (men? we will not come up." 15. And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, “ Respect not thou their offering :

I have not taken one ass from them,

neither have I hurt one of them.” 16. And Moses said unto Korah, "Be

thou and all thy company before the LORD; thou, and they, and Aaron tomorrow : 17. And take every man his censer, put incense in them, and

bring ye before the LORD, every man « his censer, two hundred and fifty cen

sers ; thou also and Aaron, each of you * his censer.” 18. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, (b) and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation

with Moses and Aaron. 19. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation : and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. 20. And the LORD spake unto Moses, and unto Aaron, saying, 21.“ Separate yourselves " from among this congregation, that I may « consume them in a moment." 22. And they fell upon their faces, and said, “O 66 God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, « shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth “ with all the congregation ?" 23. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24. “Speak unto the congregation, saying, “Get you up from about the () tabernacle “ of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.” 25. And Moses rose up, and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 26. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, “ Depart, I pray you, from or the tents of these wicked men, and touch “ nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed - in all their sins.” 27. So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram on every side : and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children. 28. And Moses said, “ Hereby ye shall know that " the LORD hath sent me to do all these

works : for I have not done them of mine own mind. 29. If these men die the

common death of all men, or if they be - visited after the visitation of all men : " then the LORD hath not sent me. 30. But « if the LORD make a new thing, and the “ earth open her mouth, and swallow them

up, with all that appertain unto them, " and they go down quick into the pit ; " then


shall understand that these men “ have provoked the LORD.” 31. And it came to pass as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: 32. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah,


« done."

(f) v. 11. “ Is Aaron," or “ hath Aaron

2 Hales, 214: (8) v. 14. “Put out the eyes.” i. e. “ treat as blind."

(b) v. 18. “ And stood, &c." or

« And « Moses and Aaron stood in the door of the “ tabernacle of the congregation.” Sept. (i) v. 24. “ Tabernacle," or " Tents."



and all their goods. 33. They, and all that appertained to them went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them : and they perished from among the congregation. 34. And all Israel that were round about them, fed at the cry of them : for they said, “ Lest the earth swallow us up “ also." 35. And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense. 36. And the LORD spake unto Moses, say, ing, 37. “ Speak unto Eleazar the son of “ Aaron the priest, that he take up the

censers out of the burning, and scatter “ thou the fire yonder; for they are hal“ lowed. 38. The censers of these sinners " against their own souls, let them make « them broad plates for a covering of the “ altar : for they offered them before the « LORD, therefore they are hallowed : and " they shall be a sign unto the children of “ Israel.” 39. And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered ; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar :

40. To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD ; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses. 41. But on the morrow, all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses, and against Aaron, saying, “ Ye have killed the people of the LORD." 42. And it came to pass, when the

congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 43. And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the

congregation. 44. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 45.“ Get you up from “ among this congregation, that I may « consume them as in a moment:" and they fell upon their faces. 46. And Moses

said unto Aaron, “Take a censer, and put “ fire therein from off the altar, and put “ on incense, and go quickly unto the “ congregation, and make an atonement 6 for them: for there is wrath gone out « from the LORD; the plague is begun. 47. And Aaron took as Moses commanded and ran into the midst of the congregation and behold, the plague was begun among the people : and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. 48. And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed. 49. Now tha that died in the plague were fourtee thousand and seven hundred, beside thea that died about the matter of Korak 50. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congreg tion: and the plague was stayed.

ND the children of Israel set forward

and pitched (k) in the plains of Mesh on (l) this side Jordan by Jericho. 2. Balak the son of Zippor saw all that hd had done to the Amorites. 3. And Md was sore afraid of the people, because the were many : and Moab was distressed, be cause of the children of Israel.

4. Moab said unto the elders of Midim, “ Now shall this company lick up all tbd

are round about us, as the ox licketh “ the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor, was king of the Moabites a that time. 5. He sent messengers

there fore unto Balaam the son of (m) Beor, to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of (n) his people, to call him, saying, “ Behold, there is a people

come out from Egypt: behold, they

cover the face of the earth, and the « abide over against me. " therefore, I pray thee, curse me “ people, for they are too mighty for me “ peradventure I shall prevail, that we may “ smite them, and that I may drive them « out of the land : for I wot that he whom

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(k) v. 1. “ In the plains of Moab,” &c. This was in the 40th year after they left Egypt. Numb. xxxiii. 38. 48. B.C. 1452.

(1) v.1. “ On this side,” i. e. the eastern side, where Moses wrote. (m) v.4. “ Beor," or

< Bosor."

(n) v.5. "His people," or rather " As

mon." This identifies where Pethor Fals Kennic. Rem. 67. Pethor was in Mesopotana

« They hired against thee Ri “ laam the son of Beor, of Pethor in Mesopos “ tamia, to curse thee.”

Deut. xxiii. 4.

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thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest, is cursed.” 7. And the Iders of Moab, and the elders of Midian leparted, with the rewards of divination in heir hand; and they came unto Balaam, nd spake unto him the words of Balak. 1 And he said unto them,

« Lodge here this night, and I will bring you

word again as the LORD shall speak unto me.” And the princes of Moab abode ith Balaam.

9. And God came unto alaam, and said, “What men are these

with thee?" 10. And Balaam said unto iod, “ Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 11. Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out."

12. And Hod said unto Balaam, “ Thou shalt not

go with them, thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.” 13. And lalaam rose up in the morning, and said nito the princes of Balak, “ Get you into your land : for the LORD (c) refuseth to give me leave to go with you.” 14. And he princes of Moab rose up, and they went into Balak, and said, “ Balaam refuseth to come with us.”

15. And Balak sent et again princes, more, and more honourble than they. 16. And they came to balaam, and said to him, “ Thus saith Bai lak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I

pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: 17. For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou

sayest unto me : Comé therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people." 8. And Balaam answered and said unto

the servants of Balak, “ If Balak would “ give me his house full of silver and gold, “ I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD

my God, to do less or more. " therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here “ this night, (o) that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more.” 20. And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, “ If the men come to call thee, “ rise up, and go with them; but yet the “ word which I shall say unto thee, that “ shalt thou do.” 21. And Balaam (9) rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 22. And God's anger was (r)kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him: Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23. And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand : and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field : and Balaam smote the ass to turn her into the way. 24. But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crusht Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26. And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 28. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, “What have i “ done unto thee, that thou hast smitten

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v. 13 “ Refuseth, &c.” So that Balaam id not tell them all that God had said unto him: y suppressing, “ that he was not to curse them,

for they were blessed," he left himself open to irther solicitations. b) v.19. “ That I may know, &c.” This lesire to have a second communication from Jod after he had received one that was decisive, hewed too earnest a disposition on Balaam's art to accede to Balak's wishes, and obtain is rewards. It is accordingly reprobated, Pet. ii. 15. where he speaks of persons who are gone astray, following the way of Balaam

“ the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of “ unrighteousness : but was rebuked for his “ iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with " man's voice, forbad the madness of the pro


(g) 0.21. “ Rose up." i.e. as Mr. Shuck. ford understands it, “ of his own accord, with. " out waiting for their calling him." 3 Shuckf. 133, 4.

(c) 'v. 22. “ Kindled,” on account of his inclination to go with the men for the sake of their rewards, after the plain intimation he had received from God to deter him,




" me. these three times?" 29. And Ba. laam said unto the ass, “ Because thou hast ( mocked me: I would there were a sword “ in mine hand, for now would I kill thee." 30. And the ass said unto Balaam, “ Am

not I thine ass, upon which thou hast “ ridden ever since I was thine, unto this “ day? I ever wont to do so unto thee?” And he said, “Nay." 31. Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand : and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32. And the angel of the LORD said unto him, “ Wherefore hast thou smitten thine « ass these three times ? Behold, I went « out to withstand thee, because thy way “ is perverse before me. 33. And the ass

saw me, and turned from me these three a times : unless she had turned from me, ” surely now also I had slain thee, and “ saved her alive." 34. And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, “I have “ sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest “ in the way against me: now therefore ! if (s) it displease thee, I will get me back

35. And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, “Go with the men: but “ only the word that I shall speak unto " thee, that thou shalt speak :" So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. · 36. And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him, unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. 37. And Balak said unto Balaam, “ Did I not ear

nestly send unto thee to call thee? i Wherefore camest thou not unto me? « Am I not able indeed to promote thee to “ honour ?” 38. And Balaam said unto Balak, “ Lo, I am come unto thee : have I

now any power at all to say any thing? “ the word that God putteth in my mouth,

“ that shall I speak.” 39. And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjath-huzoth. 40. And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 41. And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.

ND Balaam said unto Balak, “Buil

here seven altars, and prepare “, me here (t) seven oxen, and seven rams. 2. And Balak did as Balaam had spoken and Balak and Balaam (u) offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

3. And Balaan said unto Balak, “Stand by thy burnt of « fering, and I will go : peradventure the « LORD will come to meet me : and what “ soever he sheweth me, I will tell thee. And he went to an high place. 4. And God met Balaam; and he said unto his, “ I have prepared seven altars, and I have “ offered upon every altar a bullock, anka “ ram.” 5. And the LORD put a wordir Balaam's mouth, and said, “ Return ut “ Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.” 6. And he returned unto him, and lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7. And he took up his parable, and said, “ Balak the king of Moab hath

brought me from Aram, out of the “ mountains of the east, saying, Come, “ curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel “ 8. How shall I curse, whom God hath

not cursed ? or how shall I defy, which “ the LORD hath not defied ? 9. For from “ the top of the rocks I see him, and from " the hills I behold him : lo the people “ shall dwell (x) alone, and shall not be “ reckoned (y) among the nations. 10. W

can count the dust of Jacob, and the

" again.

(s) v. 34. “ If it displease thee.” So that he was still desirous of going : was unwilling to be influenced by what God had done to keep him back. : (1) v.1. “Seven oxen and seven rams.” The same as in the burnt offering directed by God for lob’s sacrifice. Job xli. 8.

(u) v.2. Offered, &c.” So that sacrifices at that time prevailed among

heathen nations. w 0.9.* Alone.” As a distinct peculiar

people, not confounded or mixed with other nations. This separation the better enabled them 10 trace from Abraham to Joseph and Mary the genealogy of Jesus Christ.' Son his last blessing to the tribes. Deut. xxxiii. 28.

Israel then shall dwell in safety " alone." (y) v. v.9.

« reckoned among," " confounded with."

Moses says,

or "united or

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