10:11 1 On the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle of the testimony. 2 10:12 So the Israelites set out 3 on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud settled in the wilderness of Paran.
1 sn This section is somewhat mechanical: It begins with an introduction (vv. 11, 12), and then begins with Judah (vv. 13-17), followed by the rest of the tribes (vv. 18-27), and finally closes with a summary (v. 28). The last few verses (vv. 29-36) treat the departure of Hobab.
tn The expression is difficult; it is מִשְׁכַּן הָעֵדֻת (mishkan ha’edut). The reference is to the sacred shrine that covered the ark with the commandments inside. NEB renders the expression as “tabernacle of the Token”; NAB has “the dwelling of the commandments.”
3 sn The verb is the same as the noun: “they journeyed on their journeyings.” This underscores the point of their continual traveling.
4 tn Heb “mouth.”
5 tn Heb “hand.”