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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Numbers 26:5-51

This is the register of the tribes as they were now enrolled, in the same order that they were numbered in Num. 1:1-54. Observe, I. The account that is here kept of the families of each tribe, which must not be understood of such as we call families, those that live in a house together, but such as were the descendants of the several sons of the patriarchs, by whose names, in honour of them, their posterity distinguished themselves and one another. The families of the twelve tribes are thus... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Numbers 26:52-56

If any ask why such a particular account is kept of the tribes, and families, and numbers, of the people of Israel, here is an answer for them; as they were multiplied, so they were portioned, not by common providence, but by promise; and, for the support of the honour of divine revelation, God will have the fulfilling of the promise taken notice of both in their increase and in their inheritance. When Moses had numbered the people God did not say, By these shall the land be conquered; but,... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Numbers 26:57-62

Levi was God's tribe, a tribe that was to have no inheritance with the rest in the land of Canaan, and therefore was not numbered with the rest, but by itself; so it had been numbered in the beginning of this book at Mount Sinai, and therefore came not under the sentence passed upon all that were then numbered, that none of them should enter Canaan but Caleb and Joshua; for of the Levites that were not numbered with them, nor were to go forth to war, Eleazar and Ithamar, and perhaps others who... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Numbers 26:63-65

That which is observable in this conclusion of the account is the execution of the sentence passed upon the murmurers (Num. 14:29), that not one of those who were numbered from twenty years old and upwards (and that the Levites were not, but either from a month old or from thirty years old to fifty) should enter Canaan, except Caleb and Joshua. In the muster now made particular directions, no doubt, were given to those of each tribe that were employed in taking the account, to compare these... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 26:5-7

Reuben, the eldest son of Israel ,.... the number of his tribe is taken first on that account; there were four families that descended from him, the Hanochite, Palluite, Hesronite, and Carmite, and the number of men from twenty years old and upwards, fit for war, were 43,730; so that, since the last numbering, this tribe was decreased 2770; which may in part be accounted for by the families of Dathan and Abiram being cut off for their rebellion, who were this tribe, and whose affair is... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 26:8

And the sons of Pallu ,.... Or son, the plural for the singular, Pallu having but one son, whose name was Eliab, the father of Dathan and Abiram; Numbers 26:9 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 26:9

And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram ,.... Of Nemuel we nowhere else read either he died without children, or he and his family perished with his brethren, being concerned with them in the conspiracy; or the family of the Palluite was in his line; one of the same name may be observed in the tribe of Simeon: this is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation ; either before their rebellion, for their power and authority, being heads of their fathers'... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 26:10

And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up ,.... Not only Dathan and Abiram, but their wives and children, their houses and tents, and all their goods, see Numbers 16:32 together with Korah; the words being thus rendered, and standing in such close connection with the preceding, some have concluded from hence that Korah was swallowed up with them in the earth; whereas he seems rather to have been at that time with the two hundred and fifty men that had censers at the door of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 26:11

Notwithstanding, the children of Korah died not. Neither of the pestilence, nor by fire, nor by the swallowing up of the earth; they not being in the counsel of their father, but followed the doctrine of Moses the prophet, as the Targum of Jonathan; they either disliked their father's scheme, or, if they engaged with him in it, they repented and departed from him, and were not present when the judgments of God came upon him and his company; there were several of his posterity who were... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 26:12-14

The sons of Simeon, after their families ,.... This tribe was next numbered, not only because Simeon was next to Reuben by birth, but because his tribe was under the standard of Reuben; two of his sons are a little differently named here than they are in Genesis 46:10 , there the eldest is called Jemuel, here Nemuel; there the youngest but one is named Zohar, here Zerah; and one of them is here omitted, namely Ohad, perhaps because he died without children, and so no family sprang from... read more

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