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Numbers 14:5

Context

14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell down with their faces to the ground 1  before the whole assembled community 2  of the Israelites.

1 sn This action of Moses and Aaron is typical of them in the wilderness with the Israelites. The act shows self-abasement and deference before the sovereign Lord. They are not bowing before the people here, but in front of the people they bow before God. According to Num 17:6-15 this prostration is for the purpose of intercessory prayer. Here it prevents immediate wrath from God.

2 tn Heb “before all the assembly of the congregation.”



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