Numbers 15:34

34 They put him in custody until it became clear what to do with him.

Numbers 15:34 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 15:34

And they put him in ward
In a certain prison in the camp; perhaps the same in which the blasphemer was put, ( Leviticus 24:12 ) ; and for much the same reason:

because it was not declared what should be done to him:
that is, what kind of death he should die, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra; it had been before declared that the sabbath breaker should die, but not what death he should die, ( Exodus 31:15 ) ( 35:2 ) ; though some think it was a matter of doubt whether gathering of sticks was a breach of the sabbath, or at least such a breach of it as required death; and the answer of the Lord seems to confirm this sense, as follows.

Numbers 15:34 In-Context

32 Once, during those wilderness years of the People of Israel, a man was caught gathering wood on the Sabbath.
33 The ones who caught him hauled him before Moses and Aaron and the entire congregation.
34 They put him in custody until it became clear what to do with him.
35 Then God spoke to Moses: "Give the man the death penalty. Yes, kill him, the whole community hurling stones at him outside the camp."
36 So the whole community took him outside the camp and threw stones at him, an execution commanded by God and given through Moses.
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