Numbers 16:29

29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the LORD has not sent me.

Read Numbers 16:29 Using Other Translations

If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.
If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the LORD has not sent me.
If these men die a natural death, or if nothing unusual happens, then the LORD has not sent me.

What does Numbers 16:29 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 16:29

If these men die the common death of all men
Or "as every man dies" F18, or the generality of men, who for the most part die of one disease or another, as a fever, and the like, or through old age:

or if they be visited after the visitation of all men;
with such visitations as men in all ages for their sins are visited with, meaning public calamities, such as pestilence, famine, and sword:

[then] the Lord hath not sent me;
it may be concluded that I had no mission nor commission from the Lord to do what I have done, but may be reckoned a deceiver and an impostor; and I am content to be accounted so, should either of the above things be the case of these men.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (Mdah lk twmk) "ut moriuntur omnes homines", Pagninus; "reliqui homines", Junius & Tremellius; "alii homines", Piscator.
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