Numbers 15:34

34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.

Read Numbers 15:34 Using Other Translations

And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him.
They held him in custody because they did not know what to do with him.

What does Numbers 15:34 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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