Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Numbers 11:27

So a young man ran and told Moses and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Bigotry;   Eldad;   Inspiration;   Intolerance, Religious;   Medad;   Moses;   Prayer;   Trouble;   Zeal, Religious;   Scofield Reference Index - Holy Spirit;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Courts of Justice;   Desert, Journey of Israel through the;   Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eldad;   Manna;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Holy spirit;   Joshua the son of nun;   Moses;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Holy Spirit;   Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Discontent;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Eldad;   Medad;   Prophet;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Eldad;   Meat;   Medad;   Tabernacle;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Eldad;   Moses;   Numbers, Book of;   Prophecy, Prophets;   Tabernacle;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Eldad ;   Medad ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Medad;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Eldad;   Elder;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Law of Moses;   Mo'ses;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Eldad;   Elders;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - On to Canaan;   Moses, the Man of God;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Eldad;   Medad;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Eldad and Medad;   Joshua (Jehoshua);   Sanhedrin;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for October 26;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Eldad and Medad do prophesy, etc. -

Eldad, they said, and Medad there,

Irregularly bold,

By Moses uncommission'd, dare

A separate meeting hold!

And still whom none but heaven will own.

Men whom the world decry,

Men authorized by God alone,

Presume to prophesy!

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/numbers-11.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And there ran a young man,.... From the camp to the tabernacle, who had heard Eldad and Medad prophesy; which he thought was not right, being done without the knowledge and approbation of Moses, and in a private tent in the tabernacle, not among the elders, but the common people: who this young than was is not material to know; some of the Rabbins, as Jarchi says, affirm he was Gershon the son of Moses; whoever he was, no doubt, it was with a good design, consulting the glory of God and the honour of Moses, and therefore in great haste ran to him with the information:

and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp; who seem by this, to be persons well known, and of some note and figure; since not only the young man could call them by their names, but there needed no other description of them to Moses and those with him.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". "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

Doth not the conduct of those who were displeased on this occasion correspond to the party spirit of later ages? Let JESUS be but glorified, and his real disciples will never despise the poverty or weakness of the instrument. See Paul's maxim on this subject, Philippians 1:15-18.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/numbers-11.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

Told Moses — Fearing lest his authority should be diminished by their prophesying; and thereby taking authority to themselves without his consent.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Numbers 11:27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

Ver. 27. And there ran a young man.] Three manner of persons, said Mr Latimer, can make no credible information: (1.) Adversaries and enemies; (2.) Ignorant persons and without judgment; (3.) Whisperers and blowers in men’s ears, that will utter in secret more than they dare avow openly.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/numbers-11.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Fearing lest his authority should be diminished by their prophesying; and thereby, as by the signal given at this time, taking authority to themselves without his knowledge and consent.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". 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

Man. The Rabbins say, without proof, that he was Gersom, the son of Moses, and that the two prophets were half-brothers of the lawgiver, and foretold his death and the persecutions of Gog, &c. (Calmet) --- Hermas (11. 2.) refers to some of their predictions: "The Lord is nigh to those who are converts." See Psalm xxxiii. 19. (Haydock) --- But they prophesied probably, by announcing only, as men inspired, the praises of God and sentiments of piety, without diving into futurity. (Calmet) --- Theodoret (q. 21) thinks they were not of the 70 judges, but equal in dignity to them. (Cotelier.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-11.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

a. Hebrew the, viz. the young man, to be described later.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Numbers 11:27". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/numbers-11.html. 1909-1922.