Numbers 12:2
New International Version
"Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard this.

New Living Translation
They said, “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the LORD heard them.

English Standard Version
And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.

Berean Study Bible
“Does the LORD speak only through Moses?” they said. “Does He not also speak through us?” And the LORD heard this.

King James Bible
And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

New King James Version
So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.

New American Standard Bible
and they said, “Is it a fact that the LORD has spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard this.

NASB 1995
and they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the LORD heard it.

NASB 1977
and they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard it.

Amplified Bible
and they said, “Has the LORD really spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken also through us?” And the LORD heard it.

Christian Standard Bible
They said, “Does the LORD speak only through Moses? Does he not also speak through us? ” And the LORD heard it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said, "Does the LORD speak only through Moses? Does He not also speak through us?" And the LORD heard it.

American Standard Version
And they said, Hath Jehovah indeed spoken only with Moses? hath he not spoken also with us? And Jehovah heard it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying, “Has LORD JEHOVAH spoken only with Moshe? Behold, he has spoken also with us”; and LORD JEHOVAH heard.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they said, Has the Lord spoken to Moses only? has he not also spoken to us? and the Lord heard it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? hath he not also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this,

English Revised Version
And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath he not spoken also with us? And the LORD heard it.

Good News Translation
They said, "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn't he also spoken through us?" The LORD heard what they said. (

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked, "Did the LORD speak only through Moses? Didn't he also speak through us?" The LORD heard their complaint.

International Standard Version
They asked, "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn't he also spoken through us?" But the LORD heard it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said: 'Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath He not spoken also with us?' And the LORD heard it.--

Literal Standard Version
and they say, “Has YHWH only spoken by Moses? Has he not also spoken by us?” And YHWH hears.

NET Bible
They said, "Has the LORD only spoken through Moses? Has he not also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard it.

New Heart English Bible
They said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn't he spoken also with us?" And the LORD heard it.

World English Bible
They said, "Has Yahweh indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn't he spoken also with us?" And Yahweh heard it.

Young's Literal Translation
and they say, 'Only by Moses hath Jehovah spoken? also by us hath he not spoken?' and Jehovah heareth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Murmuring of Miriam and Aaron
1Then Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married, for he had taken a Cushite wife. 2“Does the LORD speak only through Moses?” they said. “Does He not also speak through us?” And the LORD heard this. 3Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.…

Cross References
Numbers 16:3
They came together against Moses and Aaron and told them, "You have taken too much upon yourselves! For everyone in the entire congregation is holy, and the LORD is in their midst. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"

Numbers 12:3
Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.


Treasury of Scripture

And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? has he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

hath the Lord

Numbers 16:3
And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Exodus 4:30
And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

Exodus 5:1
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

hath he not

Numbers 11:29
And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

Proverbs 13:10
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Romans 12:3,10
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith…

and the

Numbers 11:1
And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

Genesis 29:33
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

2 Samuel 11:27
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.









(2) Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses?--There is probably a reference in these words to the facts related in Exodus 4:10-16, where Moses speaks of his own slowness of speech (Numbers 12:10), and where it is said of Aaron, "And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people" (Numbers 12:16). Miriam also is spoken of in Exodus 15:20 as "the prophetess." "Such is the depravity of human nature," writes Calvin, "that they not only abuse the gifts of God towards the brother whom they despise, but by an ungodly and sacrilegious glorification extol the gifts themselves in such a manner as to hide the Author of the gifts."

Verse 2. - And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? This is evidently not the "speaking against Moses" mentioned in the previous verse, for that is distinctly said to have been on the score of Moses' marriage. This is their justification of themselves for daring to dispute his judgment and arraign his proceedings; a thing which clearly required justification. Moses himself, or more likely others for him, had remonstrated with them on the language they were using. They retorted that Moses had no monopoly of Divine communications; Aaron also received the revelation of God by Urim and Thummim, and Miriam was a prophetess. They were acknowledged in a general sense as sharing with him the leadership of Israel (see Micah 6:4); upon this they meant to found a claim to coordinate authority. They would have had perhaps all matters settled in a family council in which they should have had an equal voice. It was hard for them both to forget that Moses was only their younger brother: for Miriam that she had saved his life as an infant; for Aaron that he had been as prominent as Moses in the original commission from God to the people. And the Lord heard it. In one sense he hears everything; in another sense there are many things which he does not choose to hear, because he does not wish to take judicial notice of them. Thus he had not "heard" the passionate complaints of Moses himself a short time before, because his will was then to pardon, not to punish (cf. Isaiah 42:19; Malachi 3:16).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Does the LORD
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

speak
דִּבֶּ֣ר (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

only
הֲרַ֤ק (hă·raq)
Adverb
Strong's 7535: But, even, except, howbeit howsoever, at the least, nevertheless

through Moses?”
בְּמֹשֶׁה֙ (bə·mō·šeh)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

they said.
וַיֹּאמְר֗וּ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Does He not
הֲלֹ֖א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

also
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

speak
דִבֵּ֑ר (ḏib·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

through us?”
בָּ֣נוּ (bā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

And the LORD
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

heard this.
וַיִּשְׁמַ֖ע (way·yiš·ma‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently


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