whom God has loved, one of the seventy elders whom Moses appointed ( Numbers 11:26 Numbers 11:27 ) to administer justice among the people. He, with Medad, prophesied in the camp instead of going with the rest to the tabernacle, as Moses had commanded. This incident was announced to Moses by Joshua, who thought their conduct in this respect irregular. Moses replied, "Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were prophets" ( Numbers 11:24-30 ; Compare Mark 9:38 ; Luke 9:49 ).
favored of God; love of God
(favored of God ) and Medad (love ), two of the seventy elders to whom was communicated the prophetic power of Moses. ( Numbers 11:16 Numbers 11:26 ) (B.C. 1490.) Although their names were upon the last which Moses had drawn up, ( Numbers 11:26 ) they did not repair with the rest of their brethren to the tabernacle, but continued to prophesy in the camp. moses, being requested by Joshua to forbid this, refused to do so, and expressed a wish that the gift of prophecy might be diffused throughout the people.
el'-dad ('eldadh, "God has loved"):
One of the 70 elders chosen by Moses at the command of Yahweh to share "the burden of the people" (Numbers 11:16-25). Eldad and his companion Medad were not present with the rest at the tent of meeting, yet the Spirit rested also upon them and they prophesied in the camp (Numbers 11:26-29).
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