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Bible Commentaries
Numbers 26

Trapp's Complete CommentaryTrapp's Commentary

Verse 2

Num 26:2 Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, throughout their fathers’ house, all that are able to go to war in Israel.

Ver. 2. From twenty. ] See Trapp on " Num 1:3 "

Verse 9

Num 26:9 And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This [is that] Dathan and Abiram, [which were] famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD:

Ver. 9. Which were famous. ] But for no goodness. Tubulus, who was the Roman praetor a little afore Cicero’s time, was homo tam proiecte improbus, ut eius nomen non hominis sed vitii esse videretur, so wicked a wretch, that he seemed to be wickedness itself. a Portius Latro calleth Catiline, sacrarium libidinum, portentum scelerum, gurgitem et sentinam flagitiorum, &c., a sink of sinfulness. And Josephus saith of Antipater, that his life was no better than a mystery of iniquity. These men were famous, or rather infamous, for their flagitious practices; notoriously naught; signally sinful.

a Lips., Antiq. Lection.

Verse 10

Num 26:10 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.

Ver. 10. And they became a sign. ] An example of that rule, that great sins bring great plagues, as Herodotus hath it, speaking of the destruction of Troy. Aliorum perditio, tua sit cautio, Enjoy other men’s madness, &c. Discite iustitiam moniti, &c. Let all that behold me beware; this was written upon the statue of Sennacherib, saith Herodotus.

Verse 11

Num 26:11 Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.

Ver. 11. The children of Korah died not. ] As being either innocent or penitent; for Aut paenitendum, ant pereundum Luk 13:3

Verse 44

Numbers 26:44 [Of] the children of Asher after their families: of Jimna, the family of the Jimnites: of Jesui, the family of the Jesuites: of Beriah, the family of the Beriites.

Ver. 44. The family of the Jesuites. ] Serrarius will needs derive the name Jesuites from Numbers 26:24 ; it is wonder how he missed of this plainer text. Jesuites quasi Jashubites: like as Erasmus found friars in St Paul’s time, inter falsos fratres, amongst the false brethren. In Salamanca a friar would prove that the name of the Virgin Mary was spoken of in Genesis 1:1-31 . God called the gathering together of the waters Maria a Dr Poynes b writes, that it was foretold in the Old Testament that the Protestants were a malignant Church, alleging, 2Ch 24:19 Mittebatque prophetas ut reverterentur ad Dominum, quos protestantes illi audire nolebant. We may, with far more show of reason, fetch the name of Protestants (retained also in their Douay translation) from that text than they can from this, the name of Jesuites alias Jebusites.

a Stella, De Modo Concionandi, cap. 6.

b Preface to his book Of the Sacrament.

Bibliographical Information
Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 26". Trapp's Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jtc/numbers-26.html. 1865-1868.
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