New American Standard Bible
The anger of God rose against them And killed some of their stoutest ones, And subdued the choice men of Israel.
King James Bible
The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
When the anger of God went up against them; and he slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
World English Bible
when the anger of God went up against them, killed some of the fattest of them, and struck down the young men of Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And the anger of God hath gone up against them, And He slayeth among their fat ones, And youths of Israel He caused to bend.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The wrath of God came upon them - See Numbers 11:33.
And slew the fattest of them - literally, "slew among their fat ones." That is, The most vigorous among them were cut down; the people most eminent for rank, for influence, for strength, for valor. How far this was the natural effect of indulgence in eating, and how far it was a direct miracle, cannot now be ascertained. In either case it would equally show the divine displeasure.
And smote down - Margin, as in Hebrew, "made to bow." That is, they were made to bow in death.
The chosen men of Israel - Margin, "Young men." The idea is that of select men; men that would be chosen from among the others; men distinguished for vigor or influence. Not the aged or the feeble particularly, not those who might be naturally expected to fall, but men of strength who might be supposed to be capable of resisting the ordinary attacks of disease. God showed in this way that the judgment came directly from his hand.
Among such sins of the first table is that described in our text. It is consequently one of the masterpieces of iniquity, and we shall do well to purge ourselves of it. It is full of evil to ourselves, and is calculated to dishonor both God and man, therefore let us be in earnest to cut it up both root and branch. I think we have all been guilty of this in our measure; and we are not free from it even to this day. Whether we be saints or sinners, we may stand here and make our humble confession that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"The Sun of Righteousness"
A Jealous God
While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very severe plague.
So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.
"When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it on him while he is eating.
Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors; And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.
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