Numbers 9:19

19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the LORD’s order and did not set out.

Read Numbers 9:19 Using Other Translations

And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.
Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not set out.
If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the LORD .

What does Numbers 9:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 9:19

And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many
days
Or years, for days are sometimes put for years, and in some places the cloud tarried several years; or however, if it stayed but a month or a year in any place, as in ( Numbers 9:22 ) ;

then the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord, and journeyed
not;
they not only kept watching when it would move, or set sentinels for that purpose to observe it, but they kept the charge, order, or commandment, which the tarrying of the cloud was a token of, and did not attempt to proceed in their journey until they had an intimation so to do by its motion; and all this while, likewise, the tabernacle being up, they observed all the precepts and ordinances of the Lord in the service of it.

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