Numbers 12:6

6 And he said, "Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him 1in a vision; I speak with him 2in a dream.

Numbers 12:6 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 12:6

And he said, hear now my words
The Targum of Jonathan reads, "I beseech you"; and Jarchi says, this particle always so signifies; but it is not so agreeable to the language of the divine Being:

if there be a prophet among you;
not as making a doubt of it, but rather allowing that there was, and that there were others besides Moses, as even they themselves, Aaron and Miriam, and the seventy elders, and perhaps others; or at least there had been, and would be again, as there were in later times:

[I] the Lord will make myself known to him;
that is, declare my mind and will concerning things present, or things to come:

in a vision;
when awake, either by day or by night, representing objects to the bodily sight; as the almond tree rod, and the boiling pot, to Jeremiah, ( Jeremiah 1:11-13 ) ; the visions of the chariots, ( Ezekiel 23:24 ) ( Ezekiel 26:7 Ezekiel 26:10 ) , and dry bones, ( Ezekiel 37:1-14 ) , to Ezekiel, and such as were shown to Amos, ( Amos 7:1-9:15 ) : or to the mind by night, as if really discerned by the senses; as the visions of the man riding on a red horse, ( Zechariah 1:8 ) , and of the four horns, ( Zechariah 1:18 ) , and four carpenters, ( Zechariah 1:20 ) , with several others shown to Zechariah:

[and] will speak unto him in a dream;
as he had done to Jacob, ( Genesis 31:11 ) , and as he did afterwards to Daniel, ( Daniel 7:1 ) , and many others.

Numbers 12:6 In-Context

4 And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting." And the three of them came out.
5 And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward.
6 And he said, "Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.
7 Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 46:2; Ezekiel 1:1; Daniel 8:2; Daniel 10:8, 16; Luke 1:11, 22; Acts 10:11; Acts 22:17, 18
  • 2. Genesis 20:6; Genesis 31:10, 11; 1 Kings 3:5; Job 33:15; Matthew 1:20; Matthew 27:19
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