Numbers 15:32
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New American Standard Bible
Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day.

King James Bible
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.

Darby Bible Translation
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness they found a man gathering sticks on the sabbath day.

World English Bible
While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel are in the wilderness, and they find a man gathering wood on the sabbath-day,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Moses mentions here, as is his wont (compare Leviticus 24:10-16), the first open transgression and its punishment in order to exemplify the laws which he is laying down. The offence of Sabbath-breaking was one for which there could be no excuse. This law at least might be observed even in the wilderness. Transgression of it was therefore a presumptuous sin, and was punished accordingly.

Numbers 15:32 Parallel Commentaries

Library
Seventh Day. Holiness and Obedience.
Ye have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: ye shall be unto me an holy nation.'--Ex. xix. 4-6. Israel has reached Horeb. The law is to be given and the covenant made. Here are God's first words to the people; He speaks of redemption and its blessing, fellowship with Himself: 'Ye have seen how I brought
Andrew Murray—Holy in Christ

Among the People, and with the Pharisees
It would have been difficult to proceed far either in Galilee or in Judaea without coming into contact with an altogether peculiar and striking individuality, differing from all around, and which would at once arrest attention. This was the Pharisee. Courted or feared, shunned or flattered, reverently looked up to or laughed at, he was equally a power everywhere, both ecclesiastically and politically, as belonging to the most influential, the most zealous, and the most closely-connected religions
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Exodus 31:14
'Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.

Exodus 31:15
'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.

Exodus 35:2
"For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.

Exodus 35:3
"You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day."

Numbers 15:33
Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation;

Jeremiah 17:21
'Thus says the LORD, "Take heed for yourselves, and do not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything in through the gates of Jerusalem.

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