Numbers 17:13
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New International Version
Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD will die. Are we all going to die?"

King James Bible
Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

Darby Bible Translation
Every one that comes at all near to the tabernacle of Jehovah shall die: shall we then expire altogether?

World English Bible
Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of Yahweh, dies! Will we all perish?"

Young's Literal Translation
any who is at all drawing near unto the tabernacle of Jehovah dieth; have we not been consumed -- to expire?'

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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 1:51-53 And when the tabernacle sets forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched...

Numbers 18:4-7 And they shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle...

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Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it...

1 Samuel 6:19-21 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD...

2 Samuel 6:6-12 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it...

1 Chronicles 13:11-13 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach on Uzza: why that place is called Perezuzza to this day...

1 Chronicles 15:13 For because you did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach on us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand...

Acts 5:5,11-14 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things...

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-22 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus...


Numbers 16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs...

Numbers 32:13 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation...

Deuteronomy 2:16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people,

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath...

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

Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be you not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption...

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 1:51
Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites are to take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall do it. Anyone else who approaches it is to be put to death.

Numbers 18:1
The LORD said to Aaron, "You, your sons and your family are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the sanctuary, and you and your sons alone are to bear the responsibility for offenses connected with the priesthood.

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