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“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.”

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Numbers 12:1 Translation & Meaning

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And Miriam מִרְיָ֤ם Mirjam, the name of two Israelitesses Miriam
and Aaron וְאַֽהֲרֹן֙ Aharon, the brother of Moses Aaron
spake וַתְּדַבֵּ֨ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue spake
against Moses בְּמֹשֶׁ֔ה Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver against Moses
because עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications because
of אֹד֛וֹת Turnings (i.e., occasions); (adverb) on account of of
the Ethiopian הַכֻּשִׁ֖ית A Cushite woman Ethiopian
woman הָֽאִשָּׁ֥ה A woman woman
whom אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whom
he had married: לָקָ֑ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) married
for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
he had married לָקָֽח׃ To take (in the widest variety of applications) married
an Ethiopian כֻשִׁ֖ית A Cushite woman Ethiopian
woman. אִשָּׁ֥ה A woman woman

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  • 1  And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

  • 2  And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

  • 3  (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)


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