Numbers 9:16
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New International Version
That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.

New Living Translation
This was the regular pattern--at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire.

English Standard Version
So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night.

New American Standard Bible
So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

King James Bible
So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It remained that way continuously: the cloud would cover it, appearing like fire at night.

International Standard Version
It was so continuously—there was a cloud covering by day, and a fire cloud appeared at night.

NET Bible
This is the way it used to be continually: The cloud would cover it by day, and there was a fiery appearance by night.

New Heart English Bible
So it was continually. The cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The smoke always glowed this way. At night the smoke covering the tent glowed like fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So it was alway: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

New American Standard 1977
So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So it was always: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

King James 2000 Bible
So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

American King James Version
So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

American Standard Version
So it was alway: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So it was always: by day the cloud covered it, and by night as it were the appearance of fire.

Darby Bible Translation
So it was continually: the cloud covered it, and at night it was as the appearance of fire.

English Revised Version
So it was alway: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

Webster's Bible Translation
So it was always; the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

World English Bible
So it was continually. The cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

Young's Literal Translation
so it is continually; the cloud covereth it, also the appearance of fire by night.
Study Bible
The Cloud above the Tabernacle
15Now on the day that the tabernacle was erected the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony, and in the evening it was like the appearance of fire over the tabernacle, until morning. 16So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. 17Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp.…
Cross References
Exodus 40:34
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Nehemiah 9:12
"And with a pillar of cloud You led them by day, And with a pillar of fire by night To light for them the way In which they were to go.
Treasury of Scripture

So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Numbers 9:18-22 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, …

Exodus 13:21,22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead …

Exodus 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire …

Deuteronomy 1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch …

Nehemiah 9:12,19 Moreover you led them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night …

Psalm 78:14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with …

Psalm 105:39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

Isaiah 4:5,6 And the LORD will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and …

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how …

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

This cloud not only enlightened the Israelites, but also protected them, and was a continual pledge of God's presence and protection. To this manifestation of the Divine glory, the prophet Isaiah alludes, when he says, The Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night. God is the director, protector, and glory of his church.

(16) The cloud covered it by day.--There is no need for the insertion of the words in italics. It was the same cloud which was "alway" over the Tabernacle during the continuance of the journeyings through the wilderness.

And the appearance of fire by night.--Better, and there was the appearance of fire by night. (Comp. Exodus 13:21-22.)

Verse 16. - So it was alway. This supernatural phenomenon was not transitory, like the glory-cloud within the tabernacle (Exodus 40:35; cf. 1 Kings 8:10), but permanent, as long at least as the Israelites were in the wilderness. So it was alway,.... Night and day, as long as the people of Israel were in the wilderness, see Exodus 13:21,

the cloud covered it by day: the phrase, "by day", is not in the text, but is easily and necessarily supplied from Exodus 40:38; and as it is in the Targum of Jonathan, and in the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, and which the following clause requires:

and the appearance of fire by night; when as a cloud it could not be because of the darkness of the night; as in the daytime it could not be discerned as a body of fire or light, because of the light of the sun; but being seen under these different forms, was serviceable both by day and night, for the following purposes. 9:15-23 This cloud was appointed to be the visible sign and symbol of God's presence with Israel. Thus we are taught to see God always near us, both night and day. As long as the cloud rested on the tabernacle, so long they continued in the same place. There is no time lost, while we are waiting God's time. When the cloud was taken up, they removed, however comfortably they were encamped. We are kept at uncertainty concerning the time of our putting off the earthly house of this tabernacle, that we may be always ready to remove at the command of the Lord. It is very safe and pleasant going when we see God before us, and resting where he appoints us to rest. The leading of this cloud is spoken of as signifying the guidance of the blessed Spirit. We are not now to expect such tokens of the Divine presence and guidance; but the promise is sure to all God's spiritual Israel, that he will guide them by his counsel. Ps 73:24, even unto death, Ps 48:14. All the children of God shall be led by the Spirit of God, Ro 8:14. He will direct the paths of those who in all their ways acknowledge him, Pr 3:6. At the commandment of the Lord, our hearts should always move and rest, saying, Father, thy will be done; dispose of me and mine as thou pleasest. What thou wilt, and where thou wilt; only let me be thine, and always in the way of my duty. In applying general precepts to particular circumstances, there should be good counsel and fervent prayer. When any undertaking is evidently wrong, or doubtfully right, and yet the mind leans that way, in such a case the moving of the cloud, as men sometimes miscall it, is generally no more than a temptation Satan is permitted to propose; and men fancy they are following the Lord, when they are following their own wayward inclinations. The record of his mercy will conduct us with unerring truth, through Christ, to everlasting peace. Follow the pillar of the cloud and of fire. Lay the BIBLE to heart, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
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