Numbers 16:48
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New International Version
He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.

New Living Translation
He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped.

English Standard Version
And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.

Berean Study Bible
He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague was halted.

New American Standard Bible
He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.

King James Bible
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Christian Standard Bible
He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was halted.

Good News Translation
This stopped the plague, and he was left standing between the living and the dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was halted.

International Standard Version
He stood between the dead and the living and restrained the plague.

NET Bible
He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.

New Heart English Bible
He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He stood between those who had died and those who were still alive, and the plague stopped.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

New American Standard 1977
And he took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

King James 2000 Bible
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stopped.

American King James Version
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

American Standard Version
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And standing between the dead and the living, he prayed for the people, and the plague ceased.

Darby Bible Translation
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

English Revised Version
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

World English Bible
He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

Young's Literal Translation
and standeth between the dead and the living, and the plague is restrained;
Study Bible
Murmuring and Plague
47So Aaron took the censer as Moses had ordered and ran into the middle of the assembly. And seeing that the plague had begun among the people, he offered the incense and made atonement for the people. 48He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague was halted. 49But those who died from the plague numbered 14,700, in addition to those who had died on account of Korah.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:47
So Aaron took the censer as Moses had ordered and ran into the middle of the assembly. And seeing that the plague had begun among the people, he offered the incense and made atonement for the people.

Numbers 16:49
But those who died from the plague numbered 14,700, in addition to those who had died on account of Korah.

Numbers 25:9
but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

Treasury of Scripture

And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

What the plague was we know not; but it seems from this to have begun at one part of the camp, and to have proceeded regularly onward.

Numbers 16:18,35 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid …

Numbers 25:8-11 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both …

2 Samuel 24:16,17,25 And when the angel stretched out his hand on Jerusalem to destroy …

1 Chronicles 21:26,27 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings …

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, …

1 Timothy 2:5,6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man …

Hebrews 7:24,25 But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood…

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, …







(48) And he stood between the dead and the living . . . --Aaron was, in this respect, a striking type of Christ, who "hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour" (Ephesians 5:2).

Verse 48. - And he stood between the dead and the living. If this is to be understood literally, as seems most consistent with the character of the narrative, then the plague must have been strictly local in its character; striking down its victims in one quarter before passing on to another; only thus could it be arrested by the actual interposition of Aaron with the smoking censer. And the plague was stayed. Thus was given to the people the most striking and public proof of the saving efficacy of that mediatorial and intercessory office which they had been ready to invade and to reject. Thus also was it shown that what in profane hands was a savour of death unto death, became when rightly and lawfully used a savour of life unto life. And he stood between the dead and the living,.... The plague beginning at one end of the camp, and so proceeded on, Aaron placed himself between that part of it wherein it had made havoc, and that wherein yet it was not come; the Targum of Jonathan is,"he stood in prayer in the middle, and made a partition, with his censer, between the dead and living;''in this he was a type of Christ, the Mediator between God and man, the living God and dead sinners; for though his atonement and intercession are not made for the dead in a corporeal sense, nor for those who have sinned, and sin unto death, the unpardonable sin, nor for men appointed unto death, but for the living in Jerusalem, or for those who are written in the Lamb's book of life; yet for those who are dead in sin, and as deserving of eternal death as others, whereby they are saved from everlasting ruin:

and the plague was stayed; it proceeded no further than where Aaron stood and offered his incense, and made atonement: so the consequence of the atonement and intercession of Christ is, that the wrath of God sin deserves comes not upon those that have a share therein, the second death shall not seize upon them, nor they be hurt with it; for, being justified by the blood of Christ, and atonement for their sins being made by his sacrifice, they are saved from wrath to come. 48. he stood between the living and the dead—The plague seems to have begun in the extremities of the camp. Aaron, in this remarkable act, was a type of Christ. 16:41-50 The gaping earth was scarcely closed, before the same sins are again committed, and all these warnings slighted. They called the rebels the people of the Lord; and find fault with Divine justice. The obstinacy of Israel notwithstanding the terrors of God's law, as given on mount Sinai, and the terrors of his judgments, shows how necessary the grace of God is to change men's hearts and lives. Love will do what fear cannot. Moses and Aaron interceded with God for mercy, knowing how great the provocation was. Aaron went, and burned incense between the living and the dead, not to purify the air, but to pacify an offended God. As one tender of the life of every Israelite, Aaron made all possible speed. We must render good for evil. Observe especially, that Aaron was a type of Christ. There is an infection of sin in the world, which only the cross and intercession of Jesus Christ can stay and remove. He enters the defiled and dying camp. He stands between the dead and the living; between the eternal Judge and the souls under condemnation. We must have redemption through His blood, even the remission of sins. We admire the ready devotion of Aaron: shall we not bless and praise the unspeakable grace and love which filled the Saviour's heart, when he placed himself in our stead, and bought us with his life? Greatly indeed hath God commended his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, Ro 5:8.
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