40:34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 40:35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 40:36 But when the cloud was lifted up 1 from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out 2 on all their journeys; 40:37 but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey further until the day it was lifted up. 3 40:38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be 4 on it at night, in plain view 5 of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
1 tn The construction uses the Niphal infinitive construct to form the temporal clause.
2 tn The imperfect tense in this context describes a customary action.
3 tn The clause uses the Niphal infinitive construct in the temporal clause: “until the day of its being taken up.”
4 tn Here is another imperfect tense of the customary nuance.
5 tn Heb “to the eyes of all”; KJV, ASV, NASB “in the sight of all”; NRSV “before the eyes of all.”