Numbers 12:3
New International Version
(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

New Living Translation
(Now Moses was very humble--more humble than any other person on earth.)

English Standard Version
Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.

Berean Study Bible
Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)

King James Bible
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

Christian Standard Bible
Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.

Good News Translation
Moses was a humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.

International Standard Version
Now the man Moses was very humble—more than any person on earth.

NET Bible
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more so than any man on the face of the earth.)

New Heart English Bible
Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth.--

New American Standard 1977
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

King James 2000 Bible
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth.)

American King James Version
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on the face of the earth.)

American Standard Version
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
(For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth)

Darby Bible Translation
But the man Moses was very meek, above all men that were upon the face of the earth.

English Revised Version
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth.)

World English Bible
Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And the man Moses is very humble, more than any of the men who are on the face of the ground.
Study Bible
The Murmuring of Miriam and Aaron
2“Does the LORD speak only through Moses?” they said. “Does He not also speak through us?” And the LORD heard this. 3Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth. 4And suddenly the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “You three, come out to the Tent of Meeting.” So the three went out,…
Cross References
Matthew 11:29
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Numbers 12:4
And suddenly the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, "You three, come out to the Tent of Meeting." So the three went out,

Treasury of Scripture

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on the face of the earth.)

very

Psalm 147:6 The LORD lifts up the meek: he casts the wicked down to the ground.

Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek …

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Matthew 21:5 Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

above

Numbers 11:10-15 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every …

Numbers 20:10-12 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the …

Psalm 106:32,33 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill …

2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very most chief apostles.

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

James 3:2,3 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …







Lexicon
Now Moses
מֹשֶׁ֖ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

was a very
מְאֹ֑ד (mə·’ōḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3966: Vehemence, vehemently, wholly, speedily

humble
עָנָ֣יו (‘ā·nāw)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6035: Poor, afflicted, humble, meek

man,
וְהָאִ֥ישׁ (wə·hā·’îš)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

more so than any
מִכֹּל֙ (mik·kōl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

man
הָֽאָדָ֔ם (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the face
פְּנֵ֥י (pə·nê)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

of the earth.
הָאֲדָמָֽה׃ (hā·’ă·ḏā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 127: Ground, land
(3) Now the man Moses was very meek . . . --These words have been urged by some as an argument against the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch generally, or of the Book of Numbers in particular, but whether they may or may not have been inserted by a later writer, this inference is altogether unfounded. It is possible that the writer of Deuteronomy 34:10 may have inserted these words in this place. On the other hand, there is no necessity for such a supposition. An objective statement, such as that contained in these words, is perfectly consistent with true humility and with a deep sense of sinfulness and frailty. When such expressions are required in order to a full understanding of all the circumstances of the history, they afford no just ground of objection either against the writer, or against the genuineness of the writing; and least of all can they be justly objected to in the case of those who, like Moses and St. Paul, were ever ready to sacrifice their own personality in the cause to which they had devoted their lives (comp. 2Corinthians 11:5). It may be observed, further, that the word anav, meek, is frequently interchanged with the cognate word ani, and that the meaning may be bowed down, or oppressed.

Verse 3. - Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. For the Hebrew עָנָו the Septuagint has πραὺς here; the Vulgate, mitis. The Targum Palestine has "bowed down in his mind," i.e., overwhelmed ("plagued," Luther). The ordinary version is undoubtedly' right; the object of the parenthesis was either to explain that there was no real ground for the hostility of Miriam and Aaron, or to show that the direct interference of the Lord himself was necessary for the protection of his servant. The verse bears a difficulty on its very face, because it speaks of Moses in terms which could hardly have been used by Moses of himself. Nor is this difficulty in the least degree diminished by the explanations which are offered by those who are determined to maintain at any cost the Mosaic authorship of every word in the Pentateuch. It is no doubt true to some extent that when a great and good man is writing of himself (and especially when he writes under the influence of the Holy Spirit), he can speak of himself with the same calm and simple truthfulness with which he would speak of any other. It is sufficient, however, to refer to the example of St. Paul to show that neither any height of spiritual privilege and authority, nor any intensity of Divine inspiration, obliterates the natural virtue of modesty, or allows a really humble man to praise himself without pain and shrinking. It is also to be observed that while St. Paul forces himself to speak of his privileges, distinctions, and sufferings, all of which were outward to himself, Moses would here be claiming for himself the possession of an inward virtue in greater measure than any other living soul. Surely it is not too much to say that if he did possess it in such measure, he could not possibly have been conscious that he did; only One was thus conscious of his own ineffable superiority, and this very consciousness is one of the strongest arguments for believing that he was infinitely more than a mere man, howsoever good and exalted. There is but one theory that will make it morally possible for Moses to have written this verse, viz., that in writing he was a mere instrument, and not morally responsible for what he did write. Such a theory will find few upholders. But, further, it is necessary to prove not only that Moses might have made this statement, but also that he might have made it in this form. Granted that it was necessary to the narrative to point out that he was very meek; it was not necessary to assert that he was absolutely the meekest man living. And if it was unnecessary, it was also unnatural. No good man would go out of his way to compare himself to his own advantage with all men upon the face of the earth. The whole form of the sentence, indeed, as well as its position, proclaim it so clearly to be an addition by some later hand, that the question may be left to the common sense and knowledge of human nature of every reader; for the broad outlines of human character, morality, and virtue are the same in every age, and are not displaced by any accident of position, or even of inspiration. A slight examination of passages from other sacred writers, which are sometimes adduced as analogous, will serve to show how profound is the difference between what holy men could say of themselves and what they could not (cf. Daniel 1:19, 20; Daniel 5:11, 12; Daniel 9:23; Daniel 10:11). On the question of the inspiration of this verse, supposing it to be an interpolation, and as to the probable author of it, see the Preface. As to the fact of Moses' meekness, we have no reason to doubt it, but we may legitimately look upon the form in which it is stated as one of those conventional hyperboles which are not uncommon even in the sacred writings (cf. Genesis 7:19; John 21:25). And we cannot avoid perceiving that Moses' meekness was far from being perfect, and was marred by sinful impatience and passion on more than one recorded occasion. 12:1-9 The patience of Moses was tried in his own family, as well as by the people. The pretence was, that he had married a foreign wife; but probably their pride was hurt, and their envy stirred up, by his superior authority. Opposition from our near relations, and from religious friends, is most painful. But this is to be looked for, and it will be well if in such circumstances we can preserve the gentleness and meekness of Moses. Moses was thus fitted to the work he was called to. God not only cleared Moses, but praised him. Moses had the spirit of prophecy in a way which set him far above all other prophets; yet he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he; and our Lord Jesus infinitely excels him, Heb 3:1. Let Miriam and Aaron consider whom it was they insulted. We have reason to be afraid of saying or doing any thing against the servants of God. And those are presumptuous indeed who are not afraid to speak evil of dignities, 2Pe 2:10. The removal of God's presence is the surest and saddest token of God's displeasure. Woe to us, if he depart! he never departs, till by sin and folly we drive him from us.
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