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Numbers Chapter 1

Numbers 1:1
1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of {a}
    Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first
    [day] of the {b} second month, in the second year after they
    were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

 The Argument - In that as God has appointed that his Church in
    this world shall be under the cross, both so they could
    learn not to put their trust in worldly things, and also
    feel his comfort, when all other help fails: he did not
    immediately bring his people, after their departure out of
    Egypt, into the land which he had promised them: but led
    them to and fro for the space of forty years, and kept them
    in continual exercises before they enjoyed it, to try their
    faith, teach them to forget the world, and to depend on him.
    Which trial greatly profited, to discern the wicked and the
    hypocrites from the faithful and true servants of God, who
    served him with pure heart, while the other, preferring
    their earthly lusts to God's glory, and making religion to
    serve their purpose, complained when they lacked enough to
    satisfy their lusts, and despised those who God had
    appointed as rulers over them. By reason of which they
    provoked God's terrible judgments against them, and are set
    forth as a notable example for all ages, to beware how they
    abuse God's word, prefer their own lusts to his will, or
    despise his ministers. Nonetheless, God is always true to
    his promise, and governs his by his Holy Spirit, that either
    they fall not to such inconveniences, or else return to him
    quickly in true repentance: and therefore he continues his
    graces toward them, he gives them ordinances and
    instructions, as well for religion, as outward policy: he
    preserves them against all deceit and conspiracy, and gives
    them many victories against their enemies. To avoid all
    controversies that might arise, he takes away the occasions,
    by dividing among all the tribes, both the land which they
    had won, and that also which he had promised,  as seemed
    best to his godly wisdom.

    (a) In the place in the wilderness that was near mount Sinai.
    (b) Which is part of April and part of May.

Numbers 1:4
1:4 And with you there shall be a {c} man of every tribe; every
    one head of the house of his fathers.

    (c) That is, the chiefest man of every tribe.

Numbers 1:5
1:5 And these [are] the names of the men that shall {d} stand
    with you: of [the tribe of] Reuben; Elizur the son of
    Shedeur.

    (d) And afflict you when you number the people.

Numbers 1:16
1:16 These [were] the renowned of the congregation, {e} princes
     of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in
     Israel.

     (e) Or captains, and governors.

Numbers 1:18
1:18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the
     first [day] of the second month, and they declared {f}
     their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their
     fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty
     years old and upward, by their polls.

     (f) In showing every man his tribe and his ancestors.

Numbers 1:47
1:47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not
     numbered among {g} them.

     (g) Which were warriors, but were appointed to the use of
         the Tabernacle.

Numbers 1:51
1:51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall
     take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the
     Levites shall set it up: and the {h} stranger that cometh
     nigh shall be put to death.

     (h) Whoever is not of the tribe of Levi.

Numbers 1:53
1:53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of
     testimony, that there be no wrath {i} upon the congregation
     of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the
     charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

     (i) By not having due regard to the tabernacle of the Lord.



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