Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Numbers 11:2

The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire died out.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Intercession;   Miracles;   Murmuring;   Scofield Reference Index - Holy Spirit;   Miracles;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Desert, Journey of Israel through the;   Judgments;   Murmuring;   Prayer, Intercessory;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Taberah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Moses;   Prayer;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Discontent;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Kibroth-Hattaavah;   Sinai;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Prayer;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Numbers, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Moses;   Numbers, Book of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Taberah ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Prayer;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - On to Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Abate;   Intercession;   Moses;   Wrath (Anger);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Elohist;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The fire was quenched - Was sunk, or swallowed up, as in the margin. The plague, of whatever sort, ceased to act, and the people had respite.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/numbers-11.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the people cried unto Moses,.... And entreated him to pray for them, being frightened at the fire which consumed many of them, lest it should spread and become general among them:

and when Moses prayed unto the Lord; as he did, in which he was a type of Christ, the mediator between God and man, the advocate of his people, an intercessor for transgressors:

the fire was quenched; it stopped and proceeded no further; as through Christ's mediation God is pacified with his people for all that they have done, and his wrath, and all the effects of it, are turned away from them, and entirely cease with respect to them; or it "sunk down"F18תשקע "sunk down", so Ainsworth; "compressus est", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius; "resedit", Tigurine version. into its place, as the Targum of Jonathan, as if it rose out of the earth. This may serve to confirm the notion of its being a burning wind, to which the idea of sinking down and subsiding well agrees.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/numbers-11.html. 1999.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

Is not Moses here a type of the ever-blessed JESUS? Reader! do not fail to learn from hence, in all thy trials, and under all thy transgressions, to go to JESUS. 1 John 2:1-2.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/numbers-11.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

The people — The murmurers, being penitent; or others for fear.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Numbers 11:2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

Ver. 2. And the people cried to Moses.] That lord chancellor of heaven, as one calleth him, that could rule with God, and overrule. Of Moses it might be said, as once of Luther, Iste vir potuit apud Deum quod voluit, He might have whatsoever he would of God.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/numbers-11.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Numbers 11:2. The fire was quenched Εκοπασε, the LXX. it ceased. Scheuchzer is of opinion, as also is Le Clerc, that this destruction might be wrought by one of those fiery, blasting winds, which are incident to those countries, and mentioned in Scripture, Ezekiel 17:10; Ezekiel 19:12 and by one of which Thevenot, in his Voyages, (part 1: b. 2 Chronicles 34 :) tells us, 2000 men perished in one night, in the year 1658.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". 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

The people, the murmurers being penitent, or others for fear.

Unto Moses, whom they knew to be very prevalent with God.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/numbers-11.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

2.The fire was quenched — R.V., “abated;” literally, it sank down, through the intercession of Moses. The conduct of the people indicates the deep-felt human need of a mediator to shield the soul of the sinner from the divine wrath.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/numbers-11.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Numbers 11:2. The people cried unto Moses — This calamity threw them into such consternation, that they immediately applied to Moses to deprecate the divine displeasure.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/numbers-11.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Up, as rain is by the earth, Amos ix. 5.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-11.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(2) The fire was quenched.—Better, subsided or sunk down. No precise information is given as to the extent of the fire, or as to the objects which it destroyed. It broke out in the extremity of the encampment, and it was arrested in its progress at the supplication of Moses. It seems, however, more probable that it consumed some of the Israelites themselves, than that it consumed only some of their tents. Some suppose that the reference is to the simoom, or fiery south wind, which sometimes blows in the Eastern desert, and which stifles those over whom it sweeps.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/numbers-11.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.
cried
21:7; Psalms 78:34,35; Jeremiah 37:3; 42:2; Acts 8:24
prayed
14:13-20; Genesis 18:23-33; Exodus 32:10-14,31,32; 34:9; Deuteronomy 9:19,20; Psalms 106:23; Isaiah 37:4; Jeremiah 15:1; Amos 7:2-6; James 5:16; 1 John 5:16
the fire
16:45-48; Hebrews 7:26; 1 John 2:1,2
was quenched
Heb. sunk.
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Numbers 11:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/numbers-11.html.