Numbers 12:11

11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed.

Numbers 12:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
ESV
11 And Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned.
NLT
11 he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed.
MSG
11 He said to Moses, "Please, my master, please don't come down so hard on us for this foolish and thoughtless sin.
CSB
11 and said to Moses, "My lord, please don't hold against us this sin we have so foolishly committed.

Numbers 12:11 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 12:11

And Aaron said unto Moses, alas, my lord!
&c.] The word for "alas" is generally interpreted by the Jewish writers as a note of beseeching and entreating, as it is here by the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan,

``I beseech thee, my lord,''

or "upon me, my lord" F11, be all the blame; such was his tenderness to his sister, and the compassion he had on her; and such reverence and respect did he show to Moses his brother, though younger than he, because of his superior dignity as a prophet, and chief magistrate, and prime minister, and servant of the Lord, calling him "my lord":

I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us;
the punishment of it, bear not hard upon us, or suffer us to be punished in a rigorous manner, without interceding to the Lord for us, for the abatement of removal of it; such a powerful and prevailing interest he knew he had with God, that by his prayers their punishment would be mitigated, or not laid, or, if laid, removed:

wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned;
he owns they had sinned, but suggests, and so he would have it understood, that it was not through malice, and purposely and presumptuously, but through and ignorance, inadvertency and weakness, and hoped it would be forgiven.


FOOTNOTES:

F11 (yb) "in me", Montanus

Numbers 12:11 In-Context

9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.
10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous —it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease,
11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed.
12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”
13 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!”

Cross References 1

  • 1. 2 Samuel 19:19; 2 Samuel 24:10