English Standard Version
When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it,
King James Bible
When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
American Standard Version
When they were but a few men in number, Yea, very few, and sojourners in it.
When they were but a small number: yea very few, and sojourners therein:
English Revised Version
When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and sojourners in it;
Webster's Bible Translation
When they were a few men in number; yes, very few, and strangers in it.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Invitation to the praise - praise that resounds far and wide among the peoples - of the God who has become manifest wondrously in the deeds and words connected with the history of the founding of Israel. הודה לה, as in Psalm 33:2; Psalm 75:2, of a praising and thankful confession offered to God; קרא בשׁם ה, to call with the name of Jahve, i.e., to call upon it, of an audible, solemn attestation of God in prayer and in discourse (Symmachus, κηρύσσετε). The joy of heart
(Note: The Mugrash of ישׂמח with the following Legarme seems here to be of equal value with Zakeph, 1 Chronicles 16:10.)
that is desired is the condition of a joyous opening of the mouth and Israel's own stedfast turning towards Jahve, the condition of all salutary result; for it is only His "strength" that breaks through all dangers, and His "face" that lightens up all darkness. משׁפּטי־פּיו, as Psalm 105:7 teaches, are God's judicial utterances, which have been executed without any hindrance, more particularly in the case of the Egyptians, their Pharaoh, and their gods. The chronicler has פּיהוּ and זרע ישׂראל, which is so far unsuitable as one does not know whether עבדו is to be referred to "Israel" the patriarch, or to the "seed of Israel," the nation; the latter reference would be deutero-Isaianic. In both texts the lxx reads עבדו (ye His servants).
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By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
"I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household."
It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people,
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