The Meaning of Exodus 13:22 Explained

Exodus 13:22

KJV: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

YLT: He removeth not the pillar of the cloud by day, and the pillar of the fire by night, from before the people.

Darby: The pillar of the cloud did not remove from before the people by day, nor the pillar of fire by night.

ASV: the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, departed not from before the people.

What does Exodus 13:22 Mean?

Context Summary

Exodus 13:17-22 - The People Are Led Out And Pursued
There were two routes to Canaan, the nearest through the land of the Philistines; but to take that would have exposed the Hebrews to the very sights that so dismayed the twelve spies. See Numbers 33:1-56. They might have had to fight every mile of advance. This would have been too great an ordeal for their young faith. So God, like the mother eagle, bore them on His wings. The Angel who conducted the march in the cloud chariot, led them about. Thus God deals with us still, tempering the wind to the shorn lamb. Patience and faith are still severely tested by the circuitous and laborious route, but when in the afterwards we understand God's reasons, we are satisfied. There are many lessons learned on the wilderness route. How often God leads us into what seem to be impossible positions, that in our absolute extremity there may be room for Him to work. All is love. See Psalms 136:1-26. [source]

Chapter Summary: Exodus 13

1  The firstborn are sanctified to God
3  The memorial of the Passover is commanded
11  The firstborn of man and beast are set apart
17  The Israelites go out of Egypt, and carry Joseph's bones with them
20  They come to Etham
21  God guides them by a pillar of a cloud, and a pillar of fire

What do the individual words in Exodus 13:22 mean?

Not He did take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night [from] before the people -
לֹֽא־ יָמִ֞ישׁ עַמּ֤וּד הֶֽעָנָן֙ יוֹמָ֔ם וְעַמּ֥וּד הָאֵ֖שׁ לָ֑יְלָה לִפְנֵ֖י הָעָֽם פ

יָמִ֞ישׁ  He  did  take  away 
Parse: Verb, Hifil, Imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: מוּשׁ  
Sense: to depart, remove.
עַמּ֤וּד  the  pillar 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: עַמּוּד  
Sense: pillar, column.
הֶֽעָנָן֙  of  cloud 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: עָנָן  
Sense: cloud, cloudy, cloud-mass.
יוֹמָ֔ם  by  day 
Parse: Adverb
Root: יׄומָם  
Sense: by day, in the daytime subst.
וְעַמּ֥וּד  or  the  pillar 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: עַמּוּד  
Sense: pillar, column.
הָאֵ֖שׁ  of  fire 
Parse: Article, Noun, common singular
Root: אֵשׁ  
Sense: fire.
לָ֑יְלָה  by  night 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: לַיִל 
Sense: night.
לִפְנֵ֖י  [from]  before 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, common plural construct
Root: לִפְנֵי 
Sense: face.
הָעָֽם  the  people 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: עַם 
Sense: nation, people.
פ  - 
Parse: Punctuation

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