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Numbers 16:3


And they assembled against Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, 1  seeing that the whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the community of the Lord?”


Ex 19:6; Ex 29:45,46; Nu 12:1,2; Nu 14:1-4; Nu 14:14; Nu 16:11; Nu 35:34; Ezr 9:2; Ps 68:17; Ps 106:16; Isa 1:11-16; Jer 7:3-12; Mt 3:9,10; Ac 7:39,51; Ro 2:28,29

NET © Notes

tn The meaning of רַב־לָכֶם (rab-lakhem) is something like “you have assumed far too much authority.” It simply means “much to you,” perhaps “you have gone to far,” or “you are overreaching yourselves” (M. Noth, Numbers [OTL], 123). He is objecting to the exclusiveness of the system that Moses has been introducing.

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