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Numbers 16:38-39

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16:38 As for the censers of these men who sinned at the cost of their lives, 1  they must be made 2  into hammered sheets for covering the altar, because they presented them before the Lord and sanctified them. They will become a sign to the Israelites.” 16:39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers presented by those who had been burned up, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar.

1 tn The expression is “in/by/against their life.” That they sinned against their life means that they brought ruin to themselves.

2 tn The form is the perfect tense with vav (ו) consecutive. But there is no expressed subject for “and they shall make them,” and so it may be treated as a passive (“they shall [must] be made”).



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