Numbers 21:17
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New International Version
Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Sing about it,

New Living Translation
There the Israelites sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Yes, sing its praises!

English Standard Version
Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!—

New American Standard Bible
Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Sing to it!

King James Bible
Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, well--sing to it!

International Standard Version
That's also where Israel sang this song: Rise up, well! Sing to it!

NET Bible
Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well, sing to it!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Israel sang this song about the well: "Make your water spring up! Sing to the well,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing you unto it:

American King James Version
Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing you to it:

American Standard Version
Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Israel sung this song: Let the well spring up. They sung thereto:

Darby Bible Translation
Then Israel sang this song, Rise up, well! sing unto it:

English Revised Version
Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Israel sung this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye to it:

World English Bible
Then sang Israel this song: "Spring up, well; sing to it:

Young's Literal Translation
Then singeth Israel this song, concerning the well -- they have answered to it:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:10-20 We have here the removes of the children of Israel, till they came to the plains of Moab, from whence they passed over Jordan into Canaan. The end of their pilgrimage was near. They set forward. It were well if we did thus; and the nearer we come to heaven, were so much the more active and abundant in the work of the Lord. The wonderful success God granted to his people, is here spoken of, and, among the rest, their actions on the river Arnon, at Vaheb in Suphah, and other places on that river. In every stage of our lives, nay, in every step, we should notice what God has wrought for us; what he did at such a time, and what in such a place, ought to be distinctly remembered. God blessed his people with a supply of water. When we come to heaven, we shall remove to the well of life, the fountain of living waters. They received it with joy and thankfulness, which made the mercy doubly sweet. With joy must we draw water out of the wells of salvation, Isa 12:3. As the brazen serpent was a figure of Christ, who is lifted up for our cure, so is this well a figure of the Spirit, who is poured forth for our comfort, and from whom flow to us rivers of living waters, Joh 7:38,39. Does this well spring up in our souls? If so, we should take the comfort to ourselves, and give the glory to God. God promised to give water, but they must open the ground. God's favours must be expected in the use of such means as are within our power, but still the power is only of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Then Israel sang this song. This song of the well may be taken from the same collection of odes, but more probably is quoted from memory. It is remarkable for the spirit of joyousness which breathes in it, so different from the complaining, desponding tone of the past.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then Israel sang this song,.... Being affected with the free favour and good will of God towards them:

spring up, O well; for the springing up of which they prayed in faith, believing in the promise of God, that it would spring up; and so encouraged one another not only to believe it, but even to sing on account of it before it actually did:

sing ye unto it; or on account of it praise the Lord for it; or "answer to it" (m), it being their manner to sing their songs by responses, or alternately.

(m) "respondete ei", Montanus; "alternis canite ei", Tigurine version, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17, 18. Then Israel sang—This beautiful little song was in accordance with the wants and feelings of travelling caravans in the East, where water is an occasion both of prayer and thanksgiving. From the princes using their official rods only, and not spades, it seems probable that this well was concealed by the brushwood or the sand, as is the case with many wells in Idumea still. The discovery of it was seasonable, and owing to the special interposition of God.

Numbers 21:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Journey to Moab
16From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the LORD said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water." 17Then Israel sang this song: "Spring up, O well! Sing to it! 18"The well, which the leaders sank, Which the nobles of the people dug, With the scepter and with their staffs." And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,…
Cross References
Exodus 15:1
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: "I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

Numbers 21:18
about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank-- the nobles with scepters and staffs." Then they went from the wilderness to Mattanah,

Psalm 105:2
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing you to it:

sang

Exodus 15:1,2 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

Psalm 105:2 Sing to him, sing psalms to him: talk you of all his wondrous works.

Psalm 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

Isaiah 12:1,2,5 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

spring up. Heb. ascend. sing ye. or answer

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