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Numbers 17:12-13

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17:12 The Israelites said to Moses, “We are bound to die! 1  We perish, we all perish! 17:13 (17:28) 2  Anyone who even comes close to the tabernacle of the Lord will die! Are we all to die?” 3 

1 tn The use of הֵן (hen) and the perfect tense in the nuance of a prophetic perfect expresses their conviction that they were bound to die – it was certain (see GKC 312-13 §106.n).

2 sn Num 17:13 in the English Bible is 17:28 in the Hebrew text (BHS). See also the note on 16:36.

3 tn The verse stresses the completeness of their death: “will we be consumed by dying” (הַאִם תַּמְנוּ לִגְוֹעַ, haim tamnu ligvoa’).



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