Numbers 32:23
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

New Living Translation
But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

English Standard Version
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.

New American Standard Bible
"But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.

King James Bible
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you don't do this, you will certainly sin against the LORD; be sure your sin will catch up with you.

International Standard Version
"But if you won't do so, look out! You will be sinning against the LORD. Be certain of this, that your sin will catch up to you!

NET Bible
"But if you do not do this, then look, you will have sinned against the LORD. And know that your sin will find you out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If you don't do all these things, you will be sinning against the LORD. You can be sure that you will be punished for your sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye shall have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will catch up with you.

King James 2000 Bible
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

American King James Version
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

American Standard Version
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against Jehovah; and be sure your sin will find you out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you do not what you say, no man can doubt but you sin against God: and know ye, that your sin shall overtake you.

Darby Bible Translation
But if ye do not do so, behold, ye have sinned against Jehovah, and be sure your sin will find you out.

English Revised Version
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

World English Bible
"But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against Yahweh; and be sure your sin will find you out.

Young's Literal Translation
'And if ye do not so, lo, ye have sinned against Jehovah, and know ye your sin, that it doth find you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:16-27 Here is the good effect of plain dealing. Moses, by showing their sin, and the danger of it, brought them to their duty, without murmuring or disputing. All men ought to consider the interests of others as well as their own; the law of love requires us to labour, venture, or suffer for each other as there may be occasion. They propose that their men of war should go ready armed before the children of Israel into the land of Canaan, and that they should not return till the conquest of Canaan was ended. Moses grants their request, but he warns them of the danger of breaking their word. If you fail, you sin against the Lord, and not against your brethren only; God will certainly reckon with you for it. Be sure your sin will find you out. Sin will surely find out the sinner sooner or later. It concerns us now to find our sins out, that we may repent of them, and forsake them, lest they find us out to our ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - Be sure your sin will find you out. Or rather, "ye will know your sin" (וּדְעוּ חַטַּאתְכֶם) "which shall find you out" (for מָצָא cf. Genesis 44:16). So in effect the Septuagint: γνώσεσθε τὴν ἁμαρτίαν ὑῶν, ὅταν ὑμᾶς καταλάβῃ τὰ κακά. When they had cause to rue their folly, then they would recognize their sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if ye will not do so,.... As they promised they would, and Moses insisted on it that they should:

behold, ye have sinned against the Lord making such a request, and not fulfilling the conditions on which it was granted:

and be sure your sin will find you out; fly in their faces, accuse them in their consciences, charge and load them with guilt, and bring deserved punishment upon them: sin may be put, as it often is, for the punishment of sin, which sooner or later will find out and come upon the impenitent and unpardoned sinner.



Numbers 32:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Reuben and Gad Appease Moses
22and the land is subdued before the LORD, then afterward you shall return and be free of obligation toward the LORD and toward Israel, and this land shall be yours for a possession before the LORD. 23"But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out. 24"Build yourselves cities for your little ones, and sheepfolds for your sheep, and do what you have promised."…
Cross References
Genesis 4:7
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."

Genesis 13:13
Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.

Genesis 44:16
"What can we say to my lord?" Judah replied. "What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants' guilt. We are now my lord's slaves--we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup."

Joshua 7:18
Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was chosen.

Proverbs 5:22
The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.

Isaiah 59:12
For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:

Jonah 1:7
Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
Treasury of Scripture

But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

if ye will

Leviticus 26:14 But if you will not listen to me, and will not do all these commandments;

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of …

be sure your sin. If the persons concerning prevaricated, and so imposed on men, or if they afterwards refused to fulfil their engagement, God would most certainly detect and expose their wickedness, and inflict condign punishment upon them. Of all the ways, says Dr. South, to be taken for the prevention of that great plague of mankind, Sin, there is none so rational and efficacious as to confute and baffle those motives by which men are induced to embrace it; and among all such motives, the heart of man seems to be chiefly overpowered and prevailed upon by two, viz. secrecy in committing sin, and impunity with respect to its consequences. Accordingly, Moses, in this chapter, having to deal with a company of men suspected of a base and fraudulent design, though couched under a very fair pretence, as most such designs are, endeavours to quash it in its very conception, by secretly applying himself to encounter those secret motives and arguments, which he knew were the most likely to encourage them in it. And this he does very briefly, but effectually, by assuring them, that how covertly and artificially soever they might carry on their dark project, yet their sin would infallibly find them out. Though the subject and occasion of these words are indeed particular, yet the design of them is manifestly of an universal import, as reaching the case of all transgressors, in their first entrance on any sinful act or course.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, …

Genesis 44:16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? …

Psalm 90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light …

Psalm 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall …

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

Isaiah 59:1,2,12 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither …

Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man that does evil, of …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

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