Numbers 4:20
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New International Version
But the Kohathites must not go in to look at the holy things, even for a moment, or they will die."

New Living Translation
The Kohathites must never enter the sanctuary to look at the sacred objects for even a moment, or they will die."

English Standard Version
but they shall not go in to look on the holy things even for a moment, lest they die.”

Berean Study Bible
But the Kohathites are not to go in and look at the holy objects, even for a moment, or they will die.”

New American Standard Bible
but they shall not go in to see the holy objects even for a moment, or they will die."

King James Bible
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

Christian Standard Bible
The Kohathites are not to go in and look at the holy objects as they are covered or they will die."

Good News Translation
But if the Kohathites enter the Tent and see the priests preparing the sacred objects for moving, they will die."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Kohathites are not to go in and look at the holy objects, even for a moment, or they will die."

International Standard Version
But they are not to go in to see the sanctuary as it is being covered, so they won't die."

NET Bible
But the Kohathites are not to go in to watch while the holy things are being covered, or they will die."

New Heart English Bible
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the Kohathites must not go in to look at the holy things, even for a moment, or they will die."

JPS Tanakh 1917
but they shall not go in to see the holy things as they are being covered, lest they die.'

New American Standard 1977
but they shall not go in to see the holy objects even for a moment, lest they die.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

King James 2000 Bible
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

American King James Version
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

American Standard Version
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not others by any curiosity see the things that are in the sanctuary before they be wrapped up, otherwise they shall die.

Darby Bible Translation
but they shall not go in and see for a moment the holy things, lest they die.

English Revised Version
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

World English Bible
but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die."

Young's Literal Translation
and they go not in to see when the holy thing is swallowed, that they have died.'
Study Bible
The Duties of the Kohathites
19In order that that may live and not die when they come near the most holy things, do this for them: Aaron and his sons are to go in and assign each man his task and what he is to carry. 20But the Kohathites are not to go in and look at the holy objects, even for a moment, or they will die.”
Cross References
Exodus 19:21
and the LORD said to him, "Go down and warn the people not to break through to see the LORD, lest many of them perish.

Leviticus 16:13
He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the cloud of incense will cover the mercy seat above the testimony, so that he will not die.

Numbers 4:15
When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy objects and all their equipment, as soon as the camp is ready to move, the Kohathites shall come and do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy objects, or they will die. These are the transportation duties of the Kohathites regarding the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 4:21
And the LORD said to Moses,

1 Samuel 6:19
But God struck down some of the people of Beth-shemesh because they looked inside the ark of the LORD. He struck down seventy men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck them with a great slaughter.

Treasury of Scripture

But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

they shall

Numbers 4:15,19 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, …

Exodus 19:21 And the LORD said to Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they …

Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they …

1 Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into …

Hebrews 10:19,20 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by …

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in …

the holy things. Haakkodesh, 'the holy' or 'sanctuary' i.e. the ark, as the Jews generally understand it; and with good reason, as any one may be convinced, who compared

1 Kings 8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen …

2 Chronicles 5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves …

(20) But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered.--Better, But they shall not go in to see the holy things (or, the sanctuary) for a moment. The Levites were not per-mitted to enter the holy place in which the priests ministered, much less the Holy of Holies. Whether this rule was or was not relaxed at the time of the removal of the Tabernacle, as the prohibition against entrance into the Holy of Holies must have been in regard to the priests, the Levites were not permitted in any case to look upon the Ark and the other holy things until they were covered.

Verse 20. - They shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered. This translation is disputed. The word rendered "are covered" is the Piel infinitive from bala, to swallow, and so to destroy. It may signify the extreme rapidity with which the most holy things were hidden from sight and removed from touch, so as to become, as it were, non-existent for the time. So the Syriac, Arabic, Samaritan, and the Targums of Onkelos and Palestine. On the other hand, it may be a proverbial expression, "in a swallow, at a gulp," i.e., "for an instant," as in Job 7:19. And so the Septuagint, ἐξάπινα, and most modern scholars. Whichever way, however, we take it, the phrase, "they shall not go in to see," seems to limit the prohibition under pain of death to the deliberate act of entering the tabernacle out of curiosity during the process of packing up the holy things. The case of the men of Bethshemesh, therefore (1 Samuel 6:19), does not fall within the letter of this law, although it does within its spirit. The command, thus limited, is no doubt an addition to the previous command not to touch, but it is altogether in keeping with it. If it was the will of God to hedge about these sacred symbols of his presence and his worship with an awful sanctity, it is obvious that he was as much bound to defend them against the irreverent prying of the eye as against the irreverent touch of the hand; and the prying here prohibited would have been distinctly willful and inexcusable. But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered,.... They were not to be present while they were packing up, test they should see any of them with their eyes; they were not to go in until they were quite covered out of sight; which may signify the hiding of the mysteries of grace in those things under the former dispensation, when even the Levites themselves were not admitted to a sight of them; see Ephesians 3:4,

lest they die; by the immediate hand of God. 4:4-20 The Kohathites were to carry the holy things of the tabernacle. All the holy things were to be covered; not only for security and respect, but to keep them from being seen. This not only marked the reverence due to holy things, but the mystery of the things signified by those types, and the darkness of the dispensation. But now, through Christ, the case is altered, and we are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace.
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