33:8 Of Levi he said:
whose authority you challenged at Massah, 3
and with whom you argued at the waters of Meribah. 4
and he did not acknowledge his own brothers
or know his own children,
for they kept your word,
and guarded your covenant.
1 sn Thummim and Urim. These terms, whose meaning is uncertain, refer to sacred stones carried in a pouch on the breastplate of the high priest and examined on occasion as a means of ascertaining God’s will or direction. See Exod 28:30; Lev 8:8; Num 27:21; 1 Sam 28:6. See also C. Van Dam, NIDOTTE 1:329-31.
2 tn Heb “godly man.” The reference is probably to Moses as representative of the whole tribe of Levi.