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Numbers 14:8-9

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14:8 If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us – a land that is flowing with milk and honey. 1  14:9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. 2  Their protection 3  has turned aside from them, but the Lord is with us. Do not fear them!”

1 tn The subjective genitives “milk and honey” are symbols of the wealth of the land, second only to bread. Milk was a sign of such abundance (Gen 49:12; Isa 7:21,22). Because of the climate the milk would thicken quickly and become curds, eaten with bread or turned into butter. The honey mentioned here is the wild honey (see Deut 32:13; Judg 14:8-9). It signified sweetness, or the finer things of life (Ezek 3:3).

2 sn The expression must indicate that they could destroy the enemies as easily as they could eat bread.

3 tn Heb “their shade.” The figure compares the shade from the sun with the protection from the enemy. It is also possible that the text is alluding to their deities here.



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