Book of Numbers

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Book of Numbers (from Greek Ἀριθμοί, Arithmoi; Hebrew: בְּמִדְבַּר, Bəmiḏbar, "In the desert [of]") is the fourth book of the Hebrew Bible, and the fourth of five books of the Jewish Torah. The book has a long and complex history, but its final form is probably due to a Priestly redaction (i.e., editing) of a Yahwistic source made some time in the early Persian period (5th century BCE). The name of the book comes from the two censuses taken of the Israelites. Numbers begins at Mount Sinai, where the Israelites have received their laws and covenant from God and God has taken up residence among them in the sanctuary. The task before them is to take possession of the Promised Land. The people are counted and preparations are made for resuming their march.



Chapter 6

  • יברכך יהוה וישמרך
    יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
    ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שלום
    ושמו את שמי על בני ישראל ואני אברכם
    • translation:
  • The LORD bless thee, and keep thee;
    the Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
    the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Chapter 9

  • וידבר יהוה אל משה במדבר סיני בשנה השנית לצאתם מארץ מצרים בחדש הראשון לאמר
    ויעשו בני ישראל את הפסח במועדו
    בארבעה עשר יום בחדש הזה בין הערבים תעשו אתו במעדו ככל חקתיו וככל משפטיו תעשו אתו
    • translation:
    • Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying:
      "Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time.
      "On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it."
    • NKJV Bible, Book of Numbers, chap. 9, verse 1-3
  • וכי יגור אתכם גר ועשה פסח ליהוה כחקת הפסח וכמשפטו כן יעשה חקה אחת יהיה לכם ולגר ולאזרח הארץ
    • translation:
  • And if a stranger dwells among you, and would keep the LORD's Passover, he must do so according to the rite of the Passover and according to its ceremony; you shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger and the native of the land.

Chapter 13

  • ושם ראינו את הנפילים בני ענק מן הנפלים ונהי בעינינו כחגבים וכן היינו בעיניהם
    • translation:
    • And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.'
    • King James Version, Chapter 13, Verse 33

Chapter 21

  • ויעש משה נחש נחשת וישמהו על הנס והיה אם נשך הנחש את איש והביט אל נחש הנחשת וחי
    • translation:
    • And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon the pole; and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived.
    • King James Version, Chapter 21, Verse 9

Chapter 22

  • ויפתח יהוה את פי האתון ותאמר לבלעם מה עשיתי לך כי הכיתני זה שלש רגלים
    • translation:
    • And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam: 'What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?'
    • King James Version, Chapter 22, Verse 28

Chapter 23

  • לא איש אל ויכזב ובן אדם ויתנחם ההוא אמר ולא יעשה ודבר ולא יקימנה
    • translation:
    • God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: when He hath said, will He not do it? or when He hath spoken, will He not make it good?
    • King James Version, Chapter 23, Verse 19
  • כי לא נחש ביעקב ולא קסם בישראל כעת יאמר ליעקב ולישראל מה פעל אל
    • translation:
    • For there is no enchantment with Jacob, neither is there any divination with Israel; now is it said of Jacob and of Israel: 'What hath God wrought!'
    • King James Version, Chapter 23, Verse 23. These words were transmitted by Samuel F. B. Morse on 24 May 1844, the first electronic telegraph message.

Chapter 28

  • וְנִסְכּוֹ֙ רְבִיעִ֣ת הַהִ֔ין לַכֶּ֖בֶשׂ הָאֶחָ֑ד בַּקֹּ֗דֶשׁ הַסֵּ֛ךְ נֶ֥סֶךְ שֵׁכָ֖ר לַיהוָֽה׃

Chapter 32

  • ואם לא תעשון כן הנה חטאתם ליהוה ודעו חטאתכם אשר תמצא אתכם
    • translation:
    • But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord; and know ye your sin which will find you.
    • King James Version, Chapter 32, Verse 23
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