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“And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.”

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Numbers 16:7 Translation & Meaning

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And put וּתְנ֣וּ To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) put
fire אֵ֡שׁ Fire (literally or figuratively) fire
therein, בָהֵ֣ן׀ They (only used when emphatic) therein
and put וְשִׂימוּ֩ To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) put
incense קְטֹ֜רֶת A fumigation incense
in עֲלֵיהֶ֨ן׀ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications in
them before לִפְנֵ֤י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
to morrow: מָחָ֔ר Properly, deferred, i.e., the morrow; usually (adverbially) tomorrow; indefinitely, hereafter morrow
and it shall be וְהָיָ֗ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and it shall be
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the man הָאִ֛ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
whom אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whom
the Lord יְהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
doth choose, יִבְחַ֥ר Properly, to try, i.e., (by implication) select doth choose
he ה֣וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are he
shall be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
holy: הַקָּד֑וֹשׁ Sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary holy
ye take (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
too much רַב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) too much
upon you, ye sons בְּנֵ֥י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) upon sons
of Levi. לֵוִֽי׃ Levi, a son of Jacob Levi

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  • 5  And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

  • 6  This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

  • 7  And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

  • 8  And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

  • 9  Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?


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