And they say one unto another, 'Let us appoint a head, and turn back to Egypt.'
Numbers 14:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let us make a captain - Here was a formal renunciation of the authority of Moses, and flat rebellion against God. And it seems from Nehemiah 9:17 that they had actually appointed another leader, under whose direction they were about to return to Egypt. How astonishing is this! Their lives were made bitter, because of the rigor with which they were made to serve in the land of Egypt; and yet they are willing, yea eager, to get back into the same circumstances again! Great evils, when once some time past, affect the mind less than present ills, though much inferior. They had partly forgot their Egyptian bondage, and now smart under a little discouragement, having totally lost sight of their high calling, and of the power and goodness of God.
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Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses...
Deuteronomy 28:68 And the LORD shall bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spoke to you, You shall see it no more again...
Nehemiah 9:16,17 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and listened not to your commandments...
Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him...
Hebrews 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
2 Peter 2:21,22 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it...
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