Numbers 27:16
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New International Version
"May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community

New Living Translation
"O LORD, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community.

English Standard Version
“Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation

Berean Study Bible
“May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation

New American Standard Bible
"May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,

King James Bible
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Christian Standard Bible
"May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all, appoint a man over the community

Contemporary English Version
"You are the LORD God, and you know what is in everyone's heart. So I ask you to appoint a leader for Israel.

Good News Translation
"LORD God, source of all life, appoint, I pray, a man who can lead the people

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the community

International Standard Version
"May the LORD God of the spirits of all living creatures appoint a man over the community

NET Bible
"Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all humankind, appoint a man over the community,

New Heart English Bible
"Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"LORD, you are the God who gives the breath of life to everyone. Please appoint someone over the community

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

New American Standard 1977
“May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

King James 2000 Bible
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

American King James Version
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

American Standard Version
Let Jehovah, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,

Douay-Rheims Bible
May the Lord the God of the spirits of all flesh provide a man, that may be over this multitude:

Darby Bible Translation
Let Jehovah, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the assembly,

English Revised Version
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation.

World English Bible
"Let Yahweh, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,

Young's Literal Translation
'Jehovah -- God of the spirits of all flesh -- appoint a man over the company,
Study Bible
Moses Requests a Successor
15So Moses appealed to the LORD, 16“May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:9
Furthermore, we have all had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them. Should we not much more submit to the Father of our spirits and live?

Numbers 16:22
But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You vent Your wrath on the whole congregation?"

Numbers 27:15
So Moses appealed to the LORD,

2 Kings 11:8
You must surround the king with weapons in hand, and anyone who approaches the ranks must be put to death. You must stay close to the king wherever he goes."

Ecclesiastes 12:7
before the dust returns to the ground from which it came, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Jeremiah 32:27
"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?

Jeremiah 38:16
But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah secretly, "As surely as the LORD lives, who has given us this life, I will not kill you or hand you over to these men who are seeking your life."

Ezekiel 18:4
Behold, every soul belongs to Me; both father and son are Mine. The soul who sins is the one who will die.

Treasury of Scripture

Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

go out

Deuteronomy 31:2 And he said to them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; …

1 Samuel 8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge …

1 Samuel 18:13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over …

2 Samuel 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he that led …

1 Kings 3:7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of …

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before …

John 10:3,4,9 To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls …

as sheep

1 Kings 22:17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered on the hills, as sheep that …

2 Chronicles 18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered on the mountains, as …

Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became …

Zechariah 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, …

Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of …

Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with …

1 Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd …

(16) Let the Lord . . . --We have a remarkable instance here of the true greatness of Moses, as a type of Him whose words were, "Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children" (Luke 23:28). Instead of indulging in excessive grief, or in unavailing remorse, the mind of Moses was intently fixed upon the welfare of those for whose sake he had been willing that his own name should be blotted out of the Book (Exodus 32:32); and instead of appointing one of his own family, or the man of his own choice, as his successor, he commits the matter to God, and prays that He will appoint one who would be a true shepherd to the flock.

Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh,.... The Maker of the souls of men, called the spirits of all flesh, or of corporeal beings, to distinguish them from the angels, who, though spirits, are incorporeal; and who knows the different qualities of the souls of men, their powers, and capacities, and fitness for service, what gifts and talents they have for business; and who can bestow such upon them, which will quality them for it:

set a man over the congregation: meaning in his room and stead. 16. God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation—The request was most suitably made to God in this character, as the Author of all the intellectual gifts and moral graces with which men are endowed, and who can raise up qualified persons for the most arduous duties and the most difficult situations.27:15-23 Envious spirits do not love their successors; but Moses was not one of these. We should concern ourselves, both in our prayers and in our endeavours, for the rising generation, that religion may be maintained and advanced, when we are in our graves. God appoints a successor, even Joshua; who had signalized himself by his courage in fighting Amalek, his humility in ministering to Moses, and his faith and sincerity in witnessing against the report of the evil spies. This man God appoints to succeed Moses; a man in whom is the Spirit, the Spirit of grace. He is a good man, fearing God and hating covetousness, and acting from principle. He has the spirit of government; he is fit to do the work and discharge the trusts of his place. He has a spirit of conduct and courage; he had also the Spirit of prophecy. That man is not fully qualified for any service in the church of Christ, who is destitute of the graces and gifts of the Holy Spirit, whatever human abilities he may possess. And in Joshua's succession we are reminded that the law was given by Moses, who by reason of our transgression could not bring us to heaven; but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, for the salvation of every believer.
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