Exodus 40:37

37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.

Read Exodus 40:37 Using Other Translations

But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up.
But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted.

What does Exodus 40:37 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 40:37

But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed
not
Even if it continued so two days, or a month, or a year, as very probably it sometimes did; which will in some measure account for the long continuance of the Israelites in the wilderness, see ( Numbers 9:22 )

till the day that it was taken up:
or, "of its ascent" F6, being "lifted up", or going upwards, higher in the air, right over the tabernacle, or perhaps more to the front of it; the word used before in this and the preceding verse has the signification of ascending upwards.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 (wtleh) "sustolli ejus", Montanus.
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