New International Version
But the Kohathites must not go in to look at the holy things, even for a moment, or they will die."
King James Bible
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.
Darby Bible Translation
but they shall not go in and see for a moment the holy things, lest they die.
World English Bible
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die."
Young's Literal Translation
and they go not in to see when the holy thing is swallowed, that they have died.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When the holy things are covered - Literally, כבלע keballa, when they are swallowed down; which shows the promptitude with which every thing belonging to the holy of holies was put out of sight, for these mysteries must ever be treated with the deepest reverence; and indeed without this they could not have been to them the representatives of heavenly realities. See the concluding note Numbers 4:36 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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
, where that which is called the holy in the former, is called the ark in the latter.
LibraryThe Warfare of Christian Service
'All that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the tabernacle.' NUM. iv. 23. These words occur in the series of regulations as to the functions of the Levites in the Tabernacle worship. The words 'to perform the service' are, as the margin tells us, literally, to 'war the warfare.' Although it may be difficult to say why such very prosaic and homely work as carrying the materials of the Tabernacle and the sacrificial vessels was designated by such a term, the underlying suggestion is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish.
He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the tablets of the covenant law, so that he will not die.
"After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, only then are the Kohathites to come and do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the tent of meeting.
The LORD said to Moses,
1 Samuel 6:19
But God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy of them to death because they looked into the ark of the LORD. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the LORD had dealt them.
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