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Numbers 27:16

Overview - Numbers 27
The daughters of Zelophehad sue for an inheritance.
The law of inheritances.
12 Moses, being told of his death, sues for a successor.
18 Joshua is appointed to succeed him.
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Numbers 27:16  (King James Version)
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

the Lord
{Yehowah elohey haroochoth lechol basar,} "Jehovah, the God of the spirits of all flesh." This address sufficiently proves, that this holy man believed man to be compounded of flesh and spirit, and that these principles are perfectly distinct. Either the materiality of the soul is a human fable, or, if it be a true doctrine, Moses did not pray under the influence of the Divine Spirit. There is a similar form of expression in ch. 16:22 : "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh;" and in Job 12:10 ,"In whose hand is the soul {nephesh} of all living; and the spirit {rooach} of all flesh of man." These seem decisive proofs, among many others, that the Old Testament teaches that there is an immortal spirit in man; for though {rooach} sometimes denotes breath or wind, yet it certainly has not that signification here, nor in the other passages cited.

the God
16:22 Hebrews 12:9

set a man
Deuteronomy 31:14 ; 1 Samuel 12:13 ; 1 Kings 5:5 ; Jeremiah 3:15 ; Jeremiah 23:4 Jeremiah 23:5 Ezekiel 34:11-16 Ezekiel 34:23
Ezekiel 37:24 ; Matthew 9:38 ; John 10:11 ; Acts 20:28 ; 1 Peter 5:2-4

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