10:31 Moses 1 said, “Do not leave us, 2 because you know places for us to camp in the wilderness, and you could be our guide. 3
10:33 So they traveled from the mountain of the Lord three days’ journey; 4 and the ark of the covenant of the Lord was traveling before them during the three days’ journey, to find a resting place for them.
1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Moses) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn The form with אַל־נָא (’al-na’) is a jussive; negated it stresses a more immediate request, as if Hobab is starting to leave, or at least determined to leave.
3 tn In the Hebrew text the expression is more graphic: “you will be for us for eyes.” Hobab was familiar with the entire Sinai region, and he could certainly direct the people where they were to go. The text does not record Hobab’s response. But the fact that Kenites were in Canaan as allies of Judah (Judg 1:16) would indicate that he gave in and came with Moses. The first refusal may simply be the polite Semitic practice of declining first so that the appeal might be made more urgently.
4 tn The phrase “a journey of three days” is made up of the adverbial accusative qualified with the genitives.