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Numbers 9:6

Context

9:6 It happened that some men 1  who were ceremonially defiled 2  by the dead body of a man 3  could not keep 4  the Passover on that day, so they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day.

1 tn In the Hebrew text the noun has no definite article, and so it signifies “some” or “certain” men.

2 tn The meaning, of course, is to be ceremonially unclean, and therefore disqualified from entering the sanctuary.

3 tn Or “a human corpse” (so NAB, NKJV). So also in v.7; cf. v. 10.

4 tn This clause begins with the vav (ו) conjunction and negative before the perfect tense. Here is the main verb of the sentence: They were not able to observe the Passover. The first part of the verse provides the explanation for their problem.



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