Numbers 16:3
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New International Version
They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"

King James Bible
And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Darby Bible Translation
and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, It is enough; for all the assembly, all of them are holy, and Jehovah is among them; and why do ye lift up yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?

World English Bible
and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much on yourself, since all the congregation are holy, everyone of them, and Yahweh is among them: why then lift yourselves up above the assembly of Yahweh?"

Young's Literal Translation
and they are assembled against Moses and against Aaron, and say unto them, 'Enough of you! for all the company -- all of them are holy, and in their midst is Jehovah; and wherefore do ye lift yourselves up above the assembly of Jehovah?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye take too much upon you - The original is simply רב לכם rab lachem, too much for you. The spirit of this saying appears to me to be the following: - "Holy offices are not equally distributed: you arrogate to yourselves the most important ones, as if your superior holiness entitled you alone to them; whereas all the congregation are holy, and have an equal right with you to be employed in the most holy services." Moses retorts this saying Numbers 16:7 : Ye take too much upon you, רב לכם rab lachem; Ye have too much already, ye sons of Levi; i.e., by your present spirit and disposition you prove yourselves to be wholly unworthy of any spiritual employment.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

gathered

Numbers 16:11 For which cause both you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that you murmur against him?

Numbers 12:1,2 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman...

Numbers 14:1-4 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night...

Psalm 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.

Acts 7:39,51 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt...

ye take too much upon you. Heb. it is much for you. all the

Exodus 19:6 And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.

Ezra 9:2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons...

Isaiah 1:11-16 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams...

Jeremiah 7:3-12 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place...

Matthew 3:9,10 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say to you...

Romans 2:28,29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh...

the Lord

Numbers 14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that you LORD are among this people...

Numbers 35:34 Defile not therefore the land which you shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.

Exodus 29:45,46 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God...

Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

Library
September 3. "The God of Israel Hath Separated You" (Num. xvi. 9).
"The God of Israel hath separated you" (Num. xvi. 9). The little plant may grow out of a manure heap, and be surrounded by filth, and covered very often with the floating dust that is borne upon the breeze, but its white roots are separated from the unclean soil, and its leaves and flowers have no affinity with the dust that settles upon them; and after a shower of summer rain they throw off every particle of defilement, and look up, as fresh and spotless as before, for their intrinsic nature cannot
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Conflict.
"Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against themselves, that ye
Thomas Charles Edwards—The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews

Cross References
Numbers 5:3
Send away male and female alike; send them outside the camp so they will not defile their camp, where I dwell among them."

Numbers 12:2
"Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard this.

Numbers 16:7
and tomorrow put burning coals and incense in them before the LORD. The man the LORD chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!"

Numbers 16:41
The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. "You have killed the LORD's people," they said.

Psalm 106:16
In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.

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