The Meaning of Numbers 10:4 Explained

Numbers 10:4

KJV: And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

YLT: And if with one they blow, then have the princes, heads of the thousands of Israel, met together unto thee;

Darby: And if they blow with one, then the princes, the heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather unto thee.

ASV: And if they blow but one, then the princes, the heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

What does Numbers 10:4 Mean?

Context Summary

Numbers 10:1-16 - The Trumpets Sound The March
Each trumpet was made of a solid piece of silver. They fulfilled several purposes, summoning an assembly, sounding the march, gathering for battle. They are referred to symbolically in Matthew 24:31, and 1 Corinthians 15:52. We are constantly being called to arise and depart! Is not the trumpet calling today to a slumbering Church to move out to the evangelization of the world? For a whole year Israel had sojourned under Sinai. They left Egypt an undisciplined crowd; they had become a nation, and a marshaled host. Each knew his pedigree and standard; every tribe had its appointed place. The soul must visit Sinai, but not live there. It must journey forth to Hermon, Olivet, and Calvary. The Church is moving on! Find thy place in the great procession and keep it. Remembered by God and saved from your enemies! Compare Numbers 10:9 and Isaiah 52:12. [source]

Chapter Summary: Numbers 10

1  The use of the silver trumpets
11  The Israelites move from Sinai to Paran
14  The order of their march
29  Hobab is entreated by Moses not to leave them
33  The blessing of Moses at the removing and resting of the ark

What do the individual words in Numbers 10:4 mean?

But if [only] one they blow then shall gather to you the leaders the heads of the divisions of Israel
וְאִם־ בְּאַחַ֖ת יִתְקָ֑עוּ וְנוֹעֲד֤וּ אֵלֶ֙יךָ֙ הַנְּשִׂיאִ֔ים רָאשֵׁ֖י אַלְפֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל

וְאִם־  But  if 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Conjunction
Root: אִם  
Sense: if.
בְּאַחַ֖ת  [only]  one 
Parse: Preposition-b, Number, feminine singular
Root: אֶחָד  
Sense: one (number).
יִתְקָ֑עוּ  they  blow 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, third person masculine plural
Root: תֹּוקְעִים 
Sense: to blow, clap, strike, sound, thrust, give a blow, blast.
וְנוֹעֲד֤וּ  then  shall  gather 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Nifal, Conjunctive perfect, third person common plural
Root: יָעַד  
Sense: to fix, appoint, assemble, meet, set, betroth.
אֵלֶ֙יךָ֙  to  you 
Parse: Preposition, second person masculine singular
Root: אֶל  
Sense: to, toward, unto (of motion).
הַנְּשִׂיאִ֔ים  the  leaders 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine plural
Root: נָשִׂיא 
Sense: one lifted up, chief, prince, captain, leader.
רָאשֵׁ֖י  the  heads 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct
Root: רֹאשׁ 
Sense: head, top, summit, upper part, chief, total, sum, height, front, beginning.
אַלְפֵ֥י  of  the  divisions 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct
Root: אֶלֶף 
Sense: a thousand.
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל  of  Israel 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יִשְׂרָאֵל  
Sense: the second name for Jacob given to him by God after his wrestling with the angel at Peniel.

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