Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Numbers 11:14

I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome for me.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Moses;   Murmuring;   Prayer;   Presumption;   Trouble;   Thompson Chain Reference - Human;   Man;   Weakness, Human;   Weakness-Power;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Desert, Journey of Israel through the;   Manna;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Judge;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Grace;   Moses;   Prayer;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Discontent;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Meat;   Prayer;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Moses;   Numbers, Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elder;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - On to Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Heavy;   Prayer;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Sanhedrin;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

I am not able to bear all this people alone,.... The burden of government of them, to take care of them and provide sustenance for them; but he was not alone, for, not to take notice of the rulers and officers in the several divisions of the people that assisted and eased him in lighter matters, advised to by Jethro, Exodus 18:21, the Lord himself was with him in all matters of moment and difficulty; to whom he could apply at any time for advice, and who had promised to supply and did supply the people with suitable and proper provisions every day:

because it is too heavy for me; to answer the requests, redress the grievances, and supply the necessities of this people.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/numbers-11.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

To bear — The burden of providing for and satisfying them.

Alone — Others were only assistant to him in smaller matters; but the harder and greater affairs, such as this unquestionably was, were brought to Moses and determined by him alone.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Numbers 11:14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because [it is] too heavy for me.

Ver. 14. It is too heavy for me.] Crowns have their cares; high seats are uneasy, many a cumber attends honour. Beatus ille qui procul negotiis. (a)

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/numbers-11.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Numbers 11:14. I am not able to bear all this people alone Though Moses, by Jethro's advice, had appointed several persons to assist him, Exodus 18:21 yet all the weighty and difficult causes were still brought before himself, to whom also the last appeal was to be made in every cause.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/numbers-11.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

All this people, i.e. the burden of providing for and satisfying of them.

Object. How was he alone, when there were others added to help him, Exodus 18:21,24?

Answ. Those were only assistant to him in civil causes and smaller matters, but the harder and greater affairs, such as this unquestionably was, were brought to Moses and determined by him alone, Exodus 18:22.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/numbers-11.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

For me. Had he not the judges, whom Jethro advised him to appoint? But all matters of consequence were still brought to Moses. He was made answerable for all things.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-11.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

it is = the burden is. The Ellipsis to be supplied according to App-6.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/numbers-11.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) To bear all this people alone.—In accordance with the advice of Jethro, able men had been chosen out of all Israel who heard and determined the small matters which arose among them (Exodus 18:25-26), but they were of no avail on occasions such as the present.

My wretchedness.—Or, my evil. This is one of the eighteen places in which the scribes are said to have altered the text, and to have substituted my for Thy.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/numbers-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
Exodus 18:18; Deuteronomy 1:9-12; Psalms 89:19; Isaiah 9:6; Zechariah 6:13; 2 Corinthians 2:16
Reciprocal: Exodus 5:22 - why is it;  Deuteronomy 1:31 - bare thee;  Job 6:9 - that it would;  Ecclesiastes 4:9 - are

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Numbers 11:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/numbers-11.html.