Numbers 9:16
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New International Version
That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.

King James Bible
So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Darby Bible Translation
So it was continually: the cloud covered it, and at night it was as the appearance of fire.

World English Bible
So it was continually. The cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

Young's Literal Translation
so it is continually; the cloud covereth it, also the appearance of fire by night.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The cloud covered the tabernacle - See the whole account of this supernatural cloud largely explained, Exodus 23:21; and Exodus 40:34-38. Calmet observes that the 15th verse, beginning a new subject, should begin a new chapter, as it has no connection with what goes before; and he thinks this chapter, begun with the 15th verse, should end with the 28th verse of the following. (Exodus 10:28)

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Numbers 9:18-22 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched...

Exodus 13:21,22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light...

Exodus 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel...

Deuteronomy 1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night...

Nehemiah 9:12,19 Moreover you led them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire...

Psalm 78:14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.

Psalm 105:39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

Isaiah 4:5,6 And the LORD will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and on her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day...

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud...

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them...

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them...

This cloud not only enlightened the Israelites, but also protected them, and was a continual pledge of God's presence and protection. To this manifestation of the Divine glory, the prophet Isaiah alludes, when he says, The Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night. God is the director, protector, and glory of his church.

The Guiding Pillar
'So it was alway: the cloud covered [the tabernacle] by day, and the appearance of fire by night.'--Num. ix. 16. The children of Israel in the wilderness, surrounded by miracle, had nothing which we do not possess. They had some things in an inferior form; their sustenance came by manna, ours comes by God's blessing on our daily work, which is better. Their guidance came by this supernatural pillar; ours comes by the reality of which that pillar was nothing but a picture. And so, instead of fancying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 40:34
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Nehemiah 9:12
By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.

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