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“And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.”

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Numbers 12:5 Translation & Meaning

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And the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
came down וַיֵּ֤רֶד To descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications) came down
in the pillar בְּעַמּ֣וּד A column (as standing); also a stand, i.e., platform pillar
of the cloud, עָנָ֔ן A cloud (as covering the sky), i.e., the nimbus or thunder-cloud cloud
and stood וַֽיַּעֲמֹ֖ד To stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive) stood
in (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the door פֶּ֣תַח An opening (literally), i.e., door (gate) or entrance way door
of the tabernacle, הָאֹ֑הֶל A tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance) tabernacle
and called וַיִּקְרָא֙ To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
Aaron אַֽהֲרֹ֣ן Aharon, the brother of Moses Aaron
and Miriam: וּמִרְיָ֔ם Mirjam, the name of two Israelitesses Miriam
and they both שְׁנֵיהֶֽם׃ Two; also (as ordinal) twofold both
came forth. וַיֵּֽצְא֖וּ To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim came forth

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

  • 4  And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

  • 5  And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

  • 6  And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

  • 7  My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.


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