Numbers 17:12
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New International Version
The Israelites said to Moses, "We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!

King James Bible
And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Lo, we expire, we perish, we all perish.

World English Bible
The children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish! We are undone! We are all undone!

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel speak unto Moses, saying, 'Lo, we have expired; we have perished; we have all of us perished;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish - גוענו gavaenu signifies not so much to die simply, as to feel an extreme difficulty of breathing, which, producing suffocation, ends at last in death. See the folly and extravagance of this sinful people. At first, every person might come near to God, for all, they thought, were sufficiently holy, and every way qualified to minister in holy things. Now, no one, in their apprehension, can come near to the tabernacle without being consumed, Numbers 17:13. In both cases they were wrong; some there were who might approach, others there were who might not. God had put the difference. His decision should have been final with them; but sinners are ever running into extremes.

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Numbers 26:11 Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.

Psalm 90:7 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled.

Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord...

we die. Gawanoo, `we expire:' it signifies not so much to die simply, as to feel an extreme difficulty in breathing, which producing suffocation, ends at last in death. see the folly and extravagance of this sinful people, in thus rebelling against the authority of those whom Jehovah had appointed to be their rulers.

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The Fifth Commandment
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.' Exod 20: 12. Having done with the first table, I am next to speak of the duties of the second table. The commandments may be likened to Jacob's ladder: the first table respects God, and is the top of the ladder that reaches to heaven; the second respects superiors and inferiors, and is the foot of the ladder that rests on the earth. By the first table, we walk religiously towards God; by
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Cross References
Numbers 17:11
Moses did just as the LORD commanded him.

Isaiah 6:5
"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."

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