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Numbers 4:20

    Numbers 4:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But they themselves are not to go in to see the holy place, even for a minute, for fear of death.

    Webster's Revision

    but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

    World English Bible

    but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 4:20

    When the holy things are covered - Literally, כבלע keballa, when they are swallowed down; which shows the promptitude with which every thing belonging to the holy of holies was put out of sight, for these mysteries must ever be treated with the deepest reverence; and indeed without this they could not have been to them the representatives of heavenly realities. See the concluding note Numbers 4:36 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 4:20

    to see when the holy things are covered - Render: to see the holy things for an instant. The expression means Iiterally" as a gulp," i. e. for the instant it takes to swallow.