Numbers 10:33-36

33 So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.
34 The cloud of the LORD was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
35 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.”
36 Whenever it came to rest, he said, “Return, LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel.”

Numbers 10:33-36 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO NUMBERS 10

This chapter gives an account of the directions given for making two silver trumpets, and of the use of them, the ends and purposes for which they were to be made, Nu 10:1-10; and of the time of taking up of the cloud from the tabernacle, and of the removal of the camp of Israel from the wilderness of Sinai, and of the order of their march, Nu 10:11-28; when Moses most earnestly passed Hobab, his brother in law, to continue with him, Nu 10:29-32; and the chapter is closed with the prayer of Moses at the setting forward of the ark, and the resting of it, Nu 10:33-36.

Numbers 10:33-36 In-Context

31 But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes.
32 If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the LORD gives us.”
33 So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.
34 The cloud of the LORD was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
35 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.”
36 Whenever it came to rest, he said, “Return, LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel.”

Cross References 10

  • 1. ver 12; Deuteronomy 1:33
  • 2. Deuteronomy 10:8; Deuteronomy 31:9; Joshua 3:3; Judges 20:27; 2 Samuel 15:24
  • 3. Jeremiah 31:2
  • 4. Numbers 9:15-23
  • 5. 2 Chronicles 6:41; Psalms 17:13; Psalms 44:26; Psalms 94:2; Psalms 132:8
  • 6. Judges 5:31; 1 Samuel 2:1; Psalms 68:1; Psalms 92:9
  • 7. Deuteronomy 5:9; Deuteronomy 7:10; Deuteronomy 32:41; Psalms 68:2; Isaiah 17:12-14
  • 8. Isaiah 59:18
  • 9. Isaiah 52:8; Isaiah 63:17
  • 10. Genesis 15:5; Genesis 26:4; Deuteronomy 1:10; Deuteronomy 10:22; Nehemiah 9:23
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