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Numbers 2:3

Context
The Tribes on the East

2:3 “Now those who will be camping 1  on the east, toward the sunrise, 2  are the divisions 3  of the camp of Judah under their standard. The leader of the people of Judah is 4  Nahshon son of Amminadab.

1 tn The sentence begins with a vav (ו) on a word that is not a finite verb, indicating a new section begins here. The verbal form is a participle with the article used substantivally, with the meaning “and/now those camping.” Many English versions employ a finite verb; cf. KJV “on the east side…shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch.”

2 tc The two synonyms might seem to be tautological, but this is fairly common and therefore acceptable in Hebrew prose (cf. Exod 26:18; 38:13; etc.).

3 tn The sentence actually has “[those camping…are] the standard of the camp of Judah according to their divisions.”

4 tn Or “will be.”



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