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Numbers 21:17

    Numbers 21:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing you to it:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Israel gave voice to this song: Come up, O water-spring, let us make a song to it:

    Webster's Revision

    Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

    World English Bible

    Then sang Israel this song: "Spring up, well; sing to it:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 21:17

    Spring up, O well, etc. - This is one of the most ancient war songs in the world, but is not easily understood, which is commonly the case with all very ancient compositions, especially the poetic. See the remarks Exodus 15:1 (note), etc.

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 21:17

    This song, recognized by all authorities as dating from the earliest times, and suggested apparently by the fact that God in this place gave the people water not from the rock, but by commanding Moses to cause a well to be dug, bespeaks the glad zeal, the joyful faith, and the hearty cooperation among all ranks, which possessed the people. In after time it may well have been the water-drawing song of the maidens of Israel.

    Wesley's Notes on Numbers 21:17

    21:17 Spring up - Heb. ascend, that is, let thy waters, which now lie hid below in the earth, ascend for our use. It is either a prediction that it should spring up, or a prayer that it might.