And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe:
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
The following verses to the end of the chapter give a condensed account, the fuller one being in Numbers 13-14, of the occurrences which led to the banishment of the people for 40 years into the wilderness.The saying pleased me well; for there seemed to be some prudence and good policy in it: but Moses could not see into their hearts, nor from what root this desire grew; but God saw it, and therefore in just judgment complied with their desire, and permitted them to do so for their trial and exercise, Numbers 13:1-3.
and I took twelve men of you out of a tribe; whose names are given in Numbers 13:4.And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe:
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)23. and I took twelve men of you] So P, Numbers 13:2-16, adding their names. JE does not give their number but may originally have done so; see on Deuteronomy 1:22.
tribe] Heb. shebeṭ; see on Deuteronomy 1:13.Deuteronomy 1:16): "Ye shall hear between your brethren," i.e., hear both parties as mediators, "and judge righteously, without respect of person." פּנים הכּיר, to look at the face, equivalent to פּנים נשׁא (Leviticus 19:15), i.e., to act partially (cf. Exodus 23:2-3). "The judgment is God's," i.e., appointed by God, and to be administered in the name of God, or in accordance with His justice; hence the expression "to bring before God" (Exodus 21:6; Exodus 22:7, etc.). On the difficult cases which the judges were to bring before Moses, see at Exodus 18:26.
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