Matthew Henry's Commentary

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Outline of Numbers 26

Numbering of Israel in the plains of Moab. (Verse 1-51.)

The division of the land. (Verse 52-56.)

Number of the Levites. (Verse 57-62.)

None remaining of the first numbering. (Verse 63-65.)


Read Numbers 26:1-51

Verse 1-51 — Moses did not number the people but when God commanded him. We have here the families registered, as well as the tribes. The total was nearly the same as when numbered at mount Sinai. Notice is here taken of the children of Korah; they died not, as the children of Dathan and Abiram; they seem not to have joined even their own father in rebellion. If we partake not of the sins of sinners, we shall not partake of their plagues.

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Read Numbers 26:52-56

Verse 52-56 — In distributing these tribes, the general rule of equity is prescribed; that to many should be given more, and to fewer less. Though it seems left to the prudence of their prince, the matter at last must be settled by the providence of God, with which all must be satisfied.

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Read Numbers 26:57-62

Verse 57-62 — Levi was God's tribe; therefore it was not numbered with the rest, but alone. It came not under the sentence, that none of them should enter Canaan excepting Caleb and Joshua.

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Read Numbers 26:63-65

Verse 63-65 — The execution of the sentence passed on the murmurers, chap.

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