Numbers 20:15

15 1how our fathers went down to Egypt, 2and we lived in Egypt a long time. 3And the Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our fathers.

Numbers 20:15 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 20:15

How our fathers went down into Egypt
Jacob and his twelve sons, with their children:

and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time;
even the space of four hundred and thirty years, ( Exodus 12:40 Exodus 12:41 )

and the Egyptians vexed us and our fathers;
used them ill, brought them into bondage, and made their lives bitter, laid heavy tasks and burdens upon them, as well as slew their male children, see ( Exodus 1:7-22 ) .

Numbers 20:15 In-Context

13 These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with the LORD, and through them he showed himself holy.
14 Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom: "Thus says your brother Israel: You know all the hardship that we have met:
15 how our fathers went down to Egypt, and we lived in Egypt a long time. And the Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our fathers.
16 And when we cried to the LORD, he heard our voice and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. And here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory.
17 Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well. We will go along the King's Highway. We will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory."

Cross References 3

  • 1. Genesis 46:6; Acts 7:15
  • 2. See Exodus 12:40
  • 3. Exodus 1:11; Deuteronomy 26:6