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Numbers 3:1

    Numbers 3:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spoke with Moses in mount Sinai.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now these are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that Jehovah spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now these are the generations of Aaron and Moses, in the day when the word of the Lord came to Moses on Mount Sinai.

    Webster's Revision

    Now these are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that Jehovah spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

    World English Bible

    Now this is the history of the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that Yahweh spoke with Moses in Mount Sinai.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now these are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 3:1

    The generations of Aaron and Moses - Though Aaron and Moses are both mentioned here, yet the family of Aaron alone appears in the list: hence some have thought that the word Moses was not originally in the text. Others think that the words ואלה תלדות veelleh toledoth, these are the generations, should be rendered these are the acts, or transactions, or the history of the lives, as the same phrase may be understood in Genesis 2:4; Genesis 6:9. However this may be, it is evident that in this genealogy the family of Aaron are alone mentioned, probably because these belonged to the priesthood. Moses passes by his own family, or immediate descendants; he gave no rank or privilege to them during his life, and left nothing to them at his death. They became incorporated with the Levites, from or amongst whom they are never distinguished. What a strong proof is this of the celestial origin of his religion! Had it been of man, it must have had the gratification of some impure passion for its object; lust, ambition, or avarice: but none of these ever appear during the whole of his administration amongst the Israelites, though he had it constantly in his power to have gratified each. What an essential difference between the religion of the Pentateuch and that of the Koran! The former is God's workmanship; the latter is a motley mixture of all bad crafts, with here and there a portion of heavenly fire, stolen from the Divine altar in the Old and New Testaments, to give some vitality to the otherwise inert mass.

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 3:1

    The "generations" (see Genesis 2:4) now given, though entitled those of Aaron and Moses (Aaron standing first as the older brother), are those of Aaron only. The personal dignity of Moses, though it gave him rank as at the head of his tribe, was not hereditary. He had, and desired to have Numbers 14:12; Exodus 32:10, no successor in his office but the distant prophet like unto himself Deuteronomy 18:18. Aaron was the ancestor of a regular succession of priests.