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Numbers 17:12

    Numbers 17:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the children of Israel said to Moses, Truly, destruction has come on us; an evil fate has overtaken us all.

    Webster's Revision

    And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

    World English Bible

    The children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish! We are undone! We are all undone!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 17:12

    Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish - גוענו gavaenu signifies not so much to die simply, as to feel an extreme difficulty of breathing, which, producing suffocation, ends at last in death. See the folly and extravagance of this sinful people. At first, every person might come near to God, for all, they thought, were sufficiently holy, and every way qualified to minister in holy things. Now, no one, in their apprehension, can come near to the tabernacle without being consumed, Numbers 17:13. In both cases they were wrong; some there were who might approach, others there were who might not. God had put the difference. His decision should have been final with them; but sinners are ever running into extremes.

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 17:12

    A new section should begin with these verses. They are connected retrospectively with Numbers 16; and form the immediate introduction to Numbers 18. The people were terror-stricken by the fate of the company of Korah and by the plague. Presumption passed by reaction into despair. Was there any approach for them to the tabernacle of the Lord? Was there any escape from death, except by keeping aloof from His presence? The answers are supplied by the ordinances which testified that the God of judgment was still a God of grace and of love.

    Wesley's Notes on Numbers 17:12

    17:12 We perish - Words of consternation, arising from the remembrance of these severe and repeated judgments, from the threatening of death upon any succeeding murmurings, and from the sense of their own guilt and weakness, which made them fear lest they should relapse into the same miscarriages, and thereby bring the vengeance of God upon themselves.