Numbers 16:9
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English Standard Version
is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the LORD and to stand before the congregation to minister to them,

King James Bible
Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

American Standard Version
seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of Jehovah, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is it a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath spared you from all the people, and joined you to himself, that you should serve him in the service of the tabernacle, and should stand before the congregation of the people, and should minister to him?

English Revised Version
seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself; to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them;

Webster's Bible Translation
Seemeth it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

רב־לכם, "enough for you!" (רב, as in Genesis 45:28), they said to Moses and Aaron, i.e., "let the past suffice you" (Knobel); ye have held the priesthood and the government quite long enough. It must now come to an end; "for the whole congregation, all of them (i.e., all the members of the nation), are holy, and Jehovah is in the midst of them. Wherefore lift ye yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?" The distinction between עדה and קהל is the following: עדה signifies conventus, the congregation according to its natural organization; קהל signifies convocatio, the congregation according to its divine calling and theocratic purpose. The use of the two words in the same verse upsets the theory that יהוה עדת belongs to the style of the original work, and יהוה קהל to that of the Jehovist. The rebels appeal to the calling of all Israel to be the holy nation of Jehovah (Exodus 19:5-6), and infer from this the equal right of all to hold the priesthood, "leaving entirely out of sight, as blind selfishness is accustomed to do, the transition of the universal priesthood into the special mediatorial office and priesthood of Moses and Aaron, which had their foundation in fact" (Baumgarten); or altogether overlooking the fact that God Himself had chosen Moses and Aaron, and appointed them as mediators between Himself and the congregation, to educate the sinful nation into a holy nation, and train it to the fulfilment of its proper vocation. The rebels, on the contrary, thought that they were holy already, because God had called them to be a holy nation, and in their carnal self-righteousness forgot the condition attached to their calling, "If ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant" (Exodus 19:5).

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seemeth it but

Numbers 16:13 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land that flows with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness...

Genesis 30:15 And she said to her, Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband? and would you take away my son's mandrakes also?...

1 Samuel 18:23 And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seems it to you a light thing to be a king's son in law...

2 Samuel 7:19 And this was yet a small thing in your sight, O Lord GOD; but you have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come...

Isaiah 7:13 And he said, Hear you now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?

Ezekiel 34:18 Seems it a small thing to you to have eaten up the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures?...

1 Corinthians 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yes, I judge not my own self.

separated

Numbers 1:53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony...

Numbers 3:41-45 And you shall take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel...

Numbers 8:14-16 Thus shall you separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine...

Numbers 18:2-6 And your brothers also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, bring you with you, that they may be joined to you...

Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD...

2 Chronicles 35:3 And said to the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy to the LORD...

Nehemiah 12:44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes...

Ezekiel 44:10,11 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols...

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said...

Cross References
Numbers 3:6
"Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.

Numbers 3:9
And you shall give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the people of Israel.

Numbers 8:14
"Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine.

Numbers 16:8
And Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi:

Deuteronomy 10:8
At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD to stand before the LORD to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day.

Isaiah 7:13
And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?

Ezekiel 34:18
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?

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