Numbers 8:2
New International Version
“Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’”

New Living Translation
“Give Aaron the following instructions: When you set up the seven lamps in the lampstand, place them so their light shines forward in front of the lampstand.”

English Standard Version
“Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.”

Berean Study Bible
“Speak to Aaron and tell him: ‘When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand.’ ”

King James Bible
Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick.

New King James Version
“Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’ ”

New American Standard Bible
“Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you mount the lamps, the seven lamps will provide light in the front of the lampstand.’”

NASB 1995
“Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you mount the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in the front of the lampstand.’”

NASB 1977
“Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you mount the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in the front of the lampstand.’”

Amplified Bible
“Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up and light the lamps, the seven lamps will shine in front of the lampstand.’”

Christian Standard Bible
“Speak to Aaron and tell him: When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to give light in front of the lampstand.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Speak to Aaron and tell him: When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to give light in front of the lampstand.”

American Standard Version
Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Speak with Ahron and say to him: ‘Whenever you shall light the lamp opposite the face of the lamp stand, seven lamps shall be giving light.’”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Speak to Aaron, and thou shalt say to him, Whenever thou shalt set the lamps in order, the seven lamps shall give light opposite the candlestick.

Contemporary English Version
"Tell Aaron to put the seven lamps on the lampstand so they shine toward the front."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak to Aaron, and thou shalt say to him: When thou shalt place the seven lamps, let the candlestick be set up on the south side. Give orders therefore that the lamps look over against the north, towards the table of the leaves of proposition, over against that part shall they give light, towards which the candlestick looketh.

English Revised Version
Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.

Good News Translation
"Tell Aaron that when he puts the seven lamps on the lampstand, he should place them so that the light shines toward the front."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Speak to Aaron and tell him: When you set up the seven lamps on the lamp stand, they should light up the area in front of it."

International Standard Version
"Tell Aaron, 'When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps will illuminate the area in front of the lamp stand.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.'

Literal Standard Version
“Speak to Aaron, and you have said to him: In your causing the lights to go up, the seven lights give light toward the front of the face of the lampstand.”

NET Bible
"Speak to Aaron and tell him, 'When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps are to give light in front of the lampstand.'"

New Heart English Bible
"Speak to Aaron, and tell him, 'When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.'"

World English Bible
"Speak to Aaron, and tell him, 'When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.'"

Young's Literal Translation
'Speak unto Aaron, and thou hast said unto him, In thy causing the lights to go up, over-against the face of the candlestick do the seven lights give light.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Seven Lamps
1Then the LORD said to Moses, 2“Speak to Aaron and tell him: ‘When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand.’” 3And Aaron did so; he set up the lamps facing toward the front of the lampstand, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.…

Cross References
Exodus 25:37
Make seven lamps and set them up on the lampstand so that they illuminate the area in front of it.

Leviticus 24:2
"Command the Israelites to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually.

Leviticus 24:4
He shall tend the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD continually.

Numbers 8:1
Then the LORD said to Moses,

Numbers 8:3
And Aaron did so; he set up the lamps facing toward the front of the lampstand, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.


Treasury of Scripture

Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you light the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick.

Exodus 25:37
And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

Exodus 37:18,19,23
And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof: …

Exodus 40:25
And he lighted the lamps before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.









VIII.

(2) When thou lightest the lamps.--Better, When thou settest up the lamps. (Comp. Exodus 25:37.) The golden candlestick was placed against the south wall of the Tabernacle, opposite to the table of shewbread, so that its seven branches were parallel to that wall, with its branches east and west, and consequently the seven lamps, one of which rested upon each of the seven branches, threw their light in front of the candlestick, i.e., towards the north wall, by which arrangement the furniture of the holy place was more effectually lighted than it would have been had the candlestick been placed facing the entrance, with its branches north and south.

Over against.--Or, in front of.

Verse 2. - When thou lightest the lamps. The command to light the lamps had been given generally ("they shall light the lamps thereof") in Exodus 25:37, and the care of them had been specially confided to Aaron and his sons ("from evening to morning") in Exodus 27:21. The actual lighting of the lamps for the first time by Moses is recorded in Exodus 40:25. In the face of these passages it is incredible that the lamps had not been regularly lighted by Aaron for more than a month before the offering of the princes. The seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick. It is somewhat uncertain what this expression, here repeated from Exodus 25:37, means. The Targums give no explanation of it; the Septuagint merely renders verbally, κατὰ πρόσωπον τῆς λυχνίας φωτιοῦσιν; the Jewish expositors seem to have thought that the light was to be thrown inward towards the central shaft; most modern commentators, with more probability, understand it to mean that the lamps were to be so placed as to throw their light across the tabernacle towards the north side.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Speak
דַּבֵּר֙ (dab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶֽל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Aaron
אַהֲרֹ֔ן (’a·hă·rōn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 175: Aaron -- an elder brother of Moses

and tell him:
וְאָמַרְתָּ֖ (wə·’ā·mar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

When you set up
בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ֙ (bə·ha·‘ă·lō·ṯə·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

the seven
שִׁבְעַ֥ת (šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

lamps,
הַנֵּרֽוֹת׃ (han·nê·rō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5216: A lamp, light

they are to light [the area]
יָאִ֖ירוּ (yā·’î·rū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 215: To be or become light

in
אֵלָ֑יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

front
מוּל֙ (mūl)
Preposition
Strong's 4136: Abrupt, a precipice, the front, opposite

of the lampstand.”
הַמְּנוֹרָ֔ה (ham·mə·nō·w·rāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4501: A chandelier


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