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Numbers 10:3-10

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10:3 When 1  they blow 2  them both, all the community must come 3  to you to the entrance of the tent of meeting.

10:4 “But if they blow with one trumpet, then the leaders, the heads of the thousands of Israel, must come to you. 4  10:5 When you blow an alarm, 5  then the camps that are located 6  on the east side must begin to travel. 7  10:6 And when you blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that are located on the south side must begin to travel. 8  An alarm must be sounded 9  for their journeys. 10:7 But when you assemble the community, 10  you must blow, but you must not sound an alarm. 11  10:8 The sons of Aaron, the priests, must blow the trumpets; and they will be to you for an eternal ordinance throughout your generations. 10:9 If you go to war in your land against an adversary who opposes 12  you, then you must sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved 13  from your enemies.

10:10 “Also in the time when you rejoice, such as 14  on your appointed festivals or 15  at the beginnings of your months, you must blow with your trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings, so that they may 16  become 17  a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

1 tn The perfect tense with vav (ו) consecutive is here subordinated as a temporal clause to the following similar verbal construction.

2 tn The verb תָקַע (taqa’) means “to strike, drive, blow a trumpet.”

3 tn Heb “the assembly shall assemble themselves.”

4 tn Heb “they shall assemble themselves.”

5 tn The word for an alarm is תְּרוּעָה (tÿruah). The root verb of this word means “to give a blast on the trumpet.” It may also on occasion mean “give a shout” in battle (Josh 6:10). In this passage it must refer to the sound of the trumpet.

6 tn Heb “the camps that are camping.”

7 tn The perfect tense with vav (ו) consecutive functions as the equivalent of the imperfect tense. Here the emphasis is on the start of the journey.

8 tc The MT does not mention the departures of the northerly and westerly tribes. The Greek text completes the description by adding them, making a full schedule of the departure of the groups of tribes. The Greek is not likely to be original, however, since it carries all the signs of addition to complete the text, making a smooth, full reading. The MT is to be preferred; it apparently used two of the groups to give the idea.

9 tn The Hebrew text has “they shall blow an alarm”; the sentence without a formal subject should be taken as a passive idea.

10 tn There is no expressed subject in the initial temporal clause. It simply says, “and in the assembling the assembly.” But since the next verb is the second person of the verb, that may be taken as the intended subject here.

11 sn The signal for moving camp was apparently different in tone and may have been sharper notes or a different sequence. It was in some way distinguishable.

12 tn Both the “adversary” and “opposes” come from the same root: צָרַר (tsarar), “to hem in, oppress, harass,” or basically, “be an adversary.”

13 tn The Niphal perfect in this passage has the passive nuance and not a reflexive idea – the Israelites would be spared because God remembered them.

14 tn The conjunction may be taken as explicative or epexegetical, and so rendered “namely; even; that is,” or it may be taken as emphatic conjunction, and translated “especially.”

15 tn The vav (ו) is taken here in its alternative use and translated “or.”

16 tn The form is the perfect tense with vav (ו) consecutive. After the instruction imperfects, this form could be given the same nuance, or more likely, subordinated as a purpose or result clause.

17 tn The verb “to be” (הָיָה, hayah) has the meaning “to become” when followed by the preposition lamed (ל).



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