Numbers 20:29
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New International Version
and when the whole community learned that Aaron had died, all the Israelites mourned for him thirty days.

New Living Translation
When the people realized that Aaron had died, all Israel mourned for him thirty days.

English Standard Version
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron had perished, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.

New American Standard Bible
When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.

King James Bible
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the whole community saw that Aaron had passed away, the entire house of Israel mourned for him 30 days.

International Standard Version
When the entire community saw that Aaron had died, they mourned in memory of Aaron for 30 days.

NET Bible
When all the community saw that Aaron was dead, the whole house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The whole community saw that Aaron had died, and all the Israelites mourned for Aaron 30 days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the families of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

American King James Version
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

American Standard Version
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they wept for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Aaron being dead in the top of the mountain, he came down with Eleazar. And all the multitude seeing that Aaron was dead, mourned for him thirty days throughout all their families.

Darby Bible Translation
And the whole assembly saw that Aaron was dead, and they mourned for Aaron thirty days, [even] the whole house of Israel.

English Revised Version
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they wept for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

World English Bible
When all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they wept for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and all the company see that Aaron hath expired, and they bewail Aaron thirty days -- all the house of Israel.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:22-29 God bids Aaron prepare to die. There is something of displeasure in these orders. Aaron must not enter Canaan, because he had failed in his duty at the waters of strife. There is much of mercy in them. Aaron, though he dies for his transgression, dies with ease, and in honour. He is gathered to his people, as one who dies in the arms of Divine grace. There is much significancy in these orders. Aaron must not enter Canaan, to show that the Levitical priesthood could make nothing perfect; that must be done by bringing in a better hope. Aaron submits, and dies in the method and manner appointed; and, for aught that appears, with as much cheerfulness as if he had been going to bed. It was a great satisfaction to Aaron to see his son, who was dear to him, preferred; and his office preserved and secured: especially, to see in this a figure of Christ's everlasting priesthood. A good man would desire, if it were the will of God, not to outlive his usefulness. Why should we covet to continue any longer in this world, than while we may do some service in it for God and our generation?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - They mourned for Aaron thirty days. The Egyptians prolonged their mourning for seventy days (Genesis 1:3), but thirty days seems to have been the longest period allowed among the Israelites (cf. Deuteronomy 34:8).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead,.... Not that they saw his dead body, but they perceived by the relation of Moses, and by various circumstances, as not seeing Aaron come down, whom they saw go up, and seeing Eleazar with Aaron's garments on him, and perhaps by tokens of mourning in Moses and Eleazar; so the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem say, they saw them come down from the top of the mountain, with their garments rent, and ashes on their heads, weeping and lamenting:

they mourned for Aaron thirty days; the whole month out; so long public mourning with the Jews lasted, as Josephus (m) relates:

even all the house of Israel; men and women, as the Targum of Jonathan, and so Jarchi: no doubt it was for the amiable virtues and abundant grace that were in him, and the many services he had done for them, both before and since he was invested with the priestly office; and oftentimes the memory of such things is revived after the death of a good man, which are not so much taken notice of in his life, nor he be thanked for them, or have honour and respect shown him on account of them; but when dead, he, and what he has done, are spoken well of, and his loss lamented.

(m) De Bello Jud. l. 3. c. 8. sect. 5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. When all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead—Moses and Eleazar were the sole witnesses of his departure (Nu 20:28). According to the established law, the new high priest could not have been present at the funeral of his father without contracting ceremonial defilement (Le 21:11). But that law was dispensed with in the extraordinary circumstances. The people learned the event not only from the recital of the two witnesses, but from their visible signs of grief and change; and this event betokened the imperfection of the Levitical priesthood (Heb 7:12).

they mourned for Aaron thirty days—the usual period of public and solemn mourning. (See on [85]De 34:8).

Numbers 20:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Death of Aaron
28After Moses had stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar, Aaron died there on the mountain top. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.
Cross References
Genesis 1:5
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.

Genesis 50:3
taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.

Deuteronomy 34:8
The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.

1 Samuel 25:1
Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran.
Treasury of Scripture

And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Genesis 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of …

Deuteronomy 34:8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty …

2 Chronicles 35:24,25 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him …

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