NUMBERS 12:8

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

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Numbers 12:8 Translation & Meaning

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With him will I speak אֲדַבֶּר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue speak
mouth פֶּ֣ה The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouth
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
mouth, פֶּ֞ה The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouth
even apparently, וּמַרְאֶה֙ A view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision even apparently
and not וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
in dark speeches; בְחִידֹ֔ת A puzzle, hence, a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim dark speeches
and the similitude וּתְמֻנַ֥ת Something portioned (i.e., fashioned) out, as a shape, i.e., (indefinitely) phantom, or (specifically) embodiment, or (figuratively) manifestation (of favor) similitude
of the Lord יְהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
shall he behold: יַבִּ֑יט To scan, i.e., look intently at; by implication, to regard with pleasure, favor or care behold
wherefore וּמַדּ֙וּעַ֙ What (is) known?; i.e., (by implication) (adverbially) why? wherefore
then were ye not afraid יְרֵאתֶ֔ם To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten then not afraid
to speak לְדַבֵּ֖ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue speak
against my servant בְּעַבְדִּ֥י A servant against servant
Moses? בְמֹשֶֽׁה׃ Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Moses

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  • 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.

  • 8  With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

  • 9  And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.

  • 10  And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.




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