New International Version
That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.
King James Bible
So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.
Darby Bible Translation
So it was continually: the cloud covered it, and at night it was as the appearance of fire.
World English Bible
So it was continually. The cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.
Young's Literal Translation
so it is continually; the cloud covereth it, also the appearance of fire by night.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The cloud covered the tabernacle - See the whole account of this supernatural cloud largely explained, Exodus 23:21; and Exodus 40:34-38. Calmet observes that the 15th verse, beginning a new subject, should begin a new chapter, as it has no connection with what goes before; and he thinks this chapter, begun with the 15th verse, should end with the 28th verse of the following. (Exodus 10:28)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
This cloud not only enlightened the Israelites, but also protected them, and was a continual pledge of God's presence and protection. To this manifestation of the Divine glory, the prophet Isaiah alludes, when he says, The Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night. God is the director, protector, and glory of his church.
LibraryThe Guiding Pillar
'So it was alway: the cloud covered [the tabernacle] by day, and the appearance of fire by night.'--Num. ix. 16. The children of Israel in the wilderness, surrounded by miracle, had nothing which we do not possess. They had some things in an inferior form; their sustenance came by manna, ours comes by God's blessing on our daily work, which is better. Their guidance came by this supernatural pillar; ours comes by the reality of which that pillar was nothing but a picture. And so, instead of fancying …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.
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