New International Version
If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say,
King James Bible
Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
Darby Bible Translation
if thou now slayest this people as one man, then the nations that have heard thy fame will speak, saying,
World English Bible
Now if you killed this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of you will speak, saying,
Young's Literal Translation
'And Thou hast put to death this people as one man, and the nations who have heard Thy fame have spoken, saying,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That thy cloud standeth over them - This cloud, the symbol of the Divine glory, and proof of the Divine presence, appears to have assumed three different forms for three important purposes.
1. It appeared by day in the form of a pillar of a sufficient height to be seen by all the camp, and thus went before them to point out their way in the desert. Exodus 40:38.
2. It appeared by night as a pillar of fire to give them light while travelling by night, which they probably sometimes did; (see Numbers 9:21); or to illuminate their tents in their encampment; Exodus 13:21, Exodus 13:22.
3. It stood at certain times above the whole congregation, overshadowing them from the scorching rays of the sun; and probably at other times condensed the vapours, and precipitated rain or dew for the refreshment of the people. He spread a cloud for their covering; and fire to give light in the night; Psalm 105:39. It was probably from this circumstance that the shadow of the Lord was used to signify the Divine protection, not only by the Jews, but also by other Asiatic nations. See the note on Numbers 14:9, and see particularly the note on Exodus 13:21 (note).
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'Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.' --NUM. xiv. 19. See how in this story a divine threat is averted and a divine promise is broken, thus revealing a standing law that these in Scripture are conditional. This striking incident of Moses' intercession suggests to us some thoughts as to I. The ground of the divine forgiveness. The appeal is not based on anything in the people. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Order and Argument in Prayer
"Behold Your God!"
Ninth Sunday after Trinity Carnal Security and Its vices.
Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.
The LORD was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.'
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