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Verse 26

Therefore he lifted up his hand against them ,.... A gesture used in swearing, Genesis 14:22 . So the Targum understands it here,

"and he lifted up his hand with an oath, because of them:'

and so it is interpreted by Aben Ezra, Jarchi, Kimchi, and Ben Melech; and agrees with Numbers 14:28 . The same gesture was used by the Heathens in swearing, as by Latinus F19 "----Tenditque ad sidera dextram--Terram, mare, sidera juro", Virg. Aeneid. 12. . Or he lifted up his hand, in a way of judgment, to strike the blow; and which, when it lights on man with the indignation of his anger, falls heavy; see Isaiah 26:11 . To overthrow them in the wilderness; as he did all the murmuring generation that came out of Egypt, all but Caleb and Joshua; all from twenty years and upwards, their carcasses fell in the wilderness; there they were wasted, consumed, and died, Numbers 14:32 .

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