Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Numbers 20:3

Context
NET ©

The people contended 1  with Moses, saying, 2  “If only 3  we had died when our brothers died before the Lord!

NIV ©

They quarrelled with Moses and said, "If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD!

NASB ©

The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, "If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD!

NLT ©

The people blamed Moses and said, "We wish we had died in the LORD’s presence with our brothers!

MSG ©

They attacked Moses: "We wish we'd died when the rest of our brothers died before GOD.

BBE ©

And the people were angry with Moses and said, If only death had overtaken us when our brothers came to their death before the Lord!

NRSV ©

The people quarreled with Moses and said, "Would that we had died when our kindred died before the LORD!

NKJV ©

And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!


KJV
And the people
<05971>
chode
<07378> (8799)
with Moses
<04872>_,
and spake
<0559> (8799)_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Would God that
<03863>
we had died
<01478> (8804)
when our brethren
<0251>
died
<01478> (8800)
before
<06440>
the LORD
<03068>_!
NASB ©
The people
<05971>
thus contended
<07378>
with Moses
<04872>
and spoke
<0559>
, saying
<0559>
, "If
<03863>
only
<03863>
we had perished
<01478>
when our brothers
<0251>
perished
<01478>
before
<06440>
the LORD
<03068>
!
HEBREW
hwhy
<03068>
ynpl
<06440>
wnyxa
<0251>
ewgb
<01478>
wnewg
<01478>
wlw
<03863>
rmal
<0559>
wrmayw
<0559>
hsm
<04872>
Me
<05973>
Meh
<05971>
bryw (20:3)
<07378>
LXXM
kai
<2532
CONJ
eloidoreito
<3058
V-IMI-3S
o
<3588
T-NSM
laov
<2992
N-NSM
prov
<4314
PREP
mwushn {N-ASM} legontev
<3004
V-PAPNP
ofelon
<3784
V-AAPNS
apeyanomen
<599
V-AAI-1P
en
<1722
PREP
th
<3588
T-DSF
apwleia
<684
N-DSF
twn
<3588
T-GPM
adelfwn
<80
N-GPM
hmwn
<1473
P-GP
enanti
<1725
PREP
kuriou
<2962
N-GSM
NET © [draft] ITL
The people
<05971>
contended
<07378>
with
<05973>
Moses
<04872>
, saying
<0559>

<0559>
, “If only
<03863>
we
<01478>
had died
<01478>
when our brothers
<0251>
died
<01478>
before
<06440>
the Lord
<03068>
!
NET ©

The people contended 1  with Moses, saying, 2  “If only 3  we had died when our brothers died before the Lord!

NET © Notes

tn The verb is רִיב (riv); it is often used in the Bible for a legal complaint, a law suit, at least in form. But it can also describe a quarrel, or strife, like that between Abram’s men and Lot’s men in Genesis 13. It will be the main verb behind the commemorative name Meribah, the place where the people strove with God. It is a far more serious thing than grumbling – it is directed, intentional, and well-argued. For further discussion, see J. Limburg, “The Root ‘rib’ and the Prophetic Lawsuit Speeches,” JBL 88 (1969): 291-304.

tn Heb “and they said, saying.”

tn The particle לוּ (lu) indicates the optative nuance of the line – the wishing or longing for death. It is certainly an absurdity to want to have died, but God took them at their word and they died in the wilderness.



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