Numbers 27:16-17

16 “May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community
17 to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

Numbers 27:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
ESV
16 "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation
NLT
16 “O LORD, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community.
MSG
16 "Let God, the God of the spirits of everyone living, set a man over this community
CSB
16 "May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the community

Numbers 27:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO NUMBERS 27

This chapter relates, that, upon a petition of the daughters of Zelophehad, the affair of inheritances was settled; and it is directed that, in case of want of male issue, inheritances should pass to females, and in failure of them to the next of kin, whether father's brethren or any near kinsman, Nu 27:1-11, also an order to Moses to go up to the Mount Abarim, and take a view of the good land, and die; with the reason of it, Nu 27:12-14, upon which Moses desires a successor of him might be appointed, Nu 27:15-17, in answer to which Joshua is nominated, and being presented before the high priest and the people, was invested with his office, by imposition of hands, and had his charge given him, Nu 27:18-23.

Numbers 27:16-17 In-Context

14 for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” (These were the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.)
15 Moses said to the LORD,
16 “May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community
17 to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
18 So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him.
19 Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Numbers 16:22; S Job 21:20
  • 2. Deuteronomy 31:2; 1 Kings 22:17; 2 Chronicles 18:16; Ezekiel 34:5; Zechariah 10:2; S Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34
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