Exodus 32:28
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New International Version
The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.

New Living Translation
The Levites obeyed Moses' command, and about 3,000 people died that day.

English Standard Version
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.

New American Standard Bible
So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.

King James Bible
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Levites did as Moses commanded, and about 3,000 men fell dead that day among the people.

International Standard Version
The descendants of Levi did just as Moses told them, and about 3,000 people died that day.

NET Bible
The Levites did what Moses ordered, and that day about three thousand men of the people died.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Levites did what Moses told them, and that day about 3,000 people died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses, and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

King James 2000 Bible
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

American King James Version
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

American Standard Version
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sons of Levi did according to the words of Moses, and there were slain that day about three and twenty thousand men.

Darby Bible Translation
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

English Revised Version
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

World English Bible
The sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Levi do according to the word of Moses, and there fall of the people on that day about three thousand men,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:21-29 Never did any wise man make a more frivolous and foolish excuse than that of Aaron. We must never be drawn into sin by any thing man can say or do to us; for men can but tempt us to sin, they cannot force us. The approach of Moses turned the dancing into trembling. They were exposed to shame by their sin. The course Moses took to roll away this reproach, was, not by concealing the sin, or putting any false colour upon it, but by punishing it. The Levites were to slay the ringleaders in this wickedness; yet none were executed but those who openly stood forth. Those are marked for ruin who persist in sin: those who in the morning were shouting and dancing, before night were dying. Such sudden changes do the judgments of the Lord sometimes make with sinners that are secure and jovial in their sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - About three thousand. We cannot gather from this, as some have done, that the Levites who rallied to Moses were only 3,000 - for every Levite was not obliged to kill a man - but only that, when this number was slain, the idolaters desisted from their orgy

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses,.... They girded their swords by their sides, went through the camp, and slew their brethren, companions and neighbours, who were keeping holy day in honour of the idol:

and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men; the Vulgate Latin version reads 23,000, very wrongly; now these being chiefly, if not altogether, of the tribe of Levi, the brethren, companions, and neighbours of the Levites, that were the slayers, together with the after plagues that came upon them, Exodus 32:35 account for the deficiency of males in this tribe, some few months after, when it was numbered; and the number of them from one month old and upwards amounted but to 22,000, which was but a very small one in proportion to the other tribes, who generally, one with another, numbered 40,000 each, and none so few as 30,000 (r); of this tribe Aaron was, and therefore used with severity, because of his concern in this sin; and even though it was the tribe of Moses, it was not spared.

(r) See the Bishop of Clogber's Chronology of the Hebrew Bible, p. 360, 362.



Exodus 32:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Moses Breaks the Tablets
27He said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.'" 28So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day. 29Then Moses said, "Dedicate yourselves today to the LORD-- for every man has been against his son and against his brother-- in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today."
Cross References
Exodus 32:27
Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.'"

Exodus 32:29
Then Moses said, "You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day."

Exodus 32:35
And the LORD struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.

Numbers 25:7
When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand

Deuteronomy 33:9
He said of his father and mother, 'I have no regard for them.' He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant.

Psalm 99:8
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.
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