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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Numbers 29:12-40

Soon after the day of atonement, that day in which men were to afflict their souls, followed the feast of tabernacles, in which they were to rejoice before the Lord; for those that sow in tears shall soon reap in joy. To the former laws about this feast, which we had, Lev. 23:34-44, here are added directions about the offerings by fire, which they were to offer unto the Lord during the seven days of that feast, Lev. 23:36. Observe here, 1. Their days of rejoicing were to be days of sacrifices.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 29:12

And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation ,.... Of the same month Tisri, which was the seventh from Nisan or Abib, though it was formerly the first month of the year: ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days ; the feast of tabernacles, which began on the fifteenth day of this month. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Numbers 29:13-34

And ye shall offer a burnt offering ,.... That is, on the first of the seven days, which was as follows: thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year, they shall be without blemish ; a very large sacrifice indeed, for these were offered besides one kid of the goats, for a sin offering, and the two lambs of the daily sacrifice, which were not omitted on account of this extraordinary offering; so that there were no less than thirty two animals sacrificed on this... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Numbers 29:12

On the fifteenth day of the seventh month - On this day there was to be a solemn assembly, and for seven days sacrifices were to be offered; on the first day thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs. On each succeeding day one bullock less, till on the seventh day there were only seven, making in all seventy. What an expensive service! How should we magnify God for being delivered from it! Yet these were all the taxes they had to pay. At the public charge there were annually... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Numbers 29:12

Verse 12 12.And on the fifteenth, day. Amongst their festivals this last was the chief (240) in which they dwelt in tabernacles for seven days; for whereas in the Passover they commemorated the night in which they came forth free from the plagues of Egypt, by dwelling in tabernacles they embraced the whole forty years in which their fathers in the desert experienced the constant and consummate bounty of God. That solemn convention, too, availed for another present purpose, i.e., of thanksgiving... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Numbers 29:12-34

Feast of tabernacles: compare Leviticus 23:33 ff. The offerings required at this feast were the largest of all. It was especially one of thankfulness to God for the gift of the fruits of the earth; and the quantity and the nature of the offerings (see Numbers 29:7-11) were determined accordingly.Numbers 29:32Stress is laid on the number seven, the holy symbolic covenant number, by way of intimation that the mercies of the harvest accrued by virtue of God’s covenant. The diminishing number of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Numbers 29:12

Numbers 29:12. The eighth and last of these national sacrifices, which was also annual, was to be at the feast of tabernacles, to be observed on the fifteenth day of this same seventh month, in solemn commemoration of their travels in the wilderness, and as a thanksgiving for their happy settlement in the land of Canaan: see Leviticus 23:34. Seven days Not by abstaining so long from all servile work, but by offering extraordinary sacrifices each day. For all the seven days of their dwelling... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Numbers 29:13

Numbers 29:13. Thirteen young bullocks Thus they continued to be offered seven days successively, with the decrease only of one bullock every day, till on the seventh day only seven bullocks were offered, which in all made seventy bullocks. The rams also were in double proportion to what was usual. This was a vast charge, but more easy at this time of the year than at any other; for this was a time of leisure and plenty; now their barns were full, their wine-presses overflowed, and their... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Numbers 29:1-40

Amounts for the yearly offerings (28:1-29:40)As the time drew near for the Israelites to settle in their new land, Moses stressed the need for constant devotion to God through the various sacrifices and festivals. First there were to be daily burnt offerings and cereal offerings, morning and evening. The fire on the altar was never to go out (28:1-8; see notes on Leviticus 6:8-13,Leviticus 6:19-23).Besides this daily offering there was an identical weekly offering every Sabbath (9-10). Also... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Numbers 29:12

fifteenth day. The Feast of Tabernacles. the seventh month. Some codices, with Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "this month". read more

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