Numbers 4:20
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English Standard Version
but they shall not go in to look on the holy things even for a moment, lest they die.”

King James Bible
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

American Standard Version
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not others by any curiosity see the things that are in the sanctuary before they be wrapped up, otherwise they shall die.

English Revised Version
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The altar of burnt-offering was first of all to be cleansed from the ashes; a crimson cloth was then to be covered over it, and the whole of the furniture belonging to it to be placed upon the top; and lastly, the whole was to be covered with a sea-cow skin. The only thing not mentioned is the copper laver (Exodus 30:18), probably because it was carried without any cover at all. The statement in the Septuagint and the Samaritan text, which follows Numbers 4:14. respecting its covering and conveyance upon a frame, is no doubt a spurious interpolation.

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they shall

Numbers 4:15,19 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary...

Exodus 19:21 And the LORD said to Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.

Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

1 Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD...

Hebrews 10:19,20 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus...

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning...

the holy things. Haakkodesh, 'the holy' or 'sanctuary' i.e. the ark, as the Jews generally understand it; and with good reason, as any one may be convinced, who compared

1 Kings 8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle...

with

2 Chronicles 5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle...

, where that which is called the holy in the former, is called the ark in the latter.

Cross References
Exodus 19:21
And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to look and many of them perish.

Leviticus 16:13
and put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die.

Numbers 4:15
And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die. These are the things of the tent of meeting that the sons of Kohath are to carry.

Numbers 4:21
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

1 Samuel 6:19
And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the LORD. He struck seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great blow.

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