Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Numbers 11:3

So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Miracles;   Murmuring;   Taberah;   Scofield Reference Index - Miracles;   Thompson Chain Reference - Taberah;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Desert, Journey of Israel through the;   Murmuring;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Manna;   Taberah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Moses;   Prayer;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Discontent;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Fire;   Sinai;   Taberah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Numbers, Book of;   Taberah;   Wanderings in the Wilderness;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Kibroth-Hattaavah;   Moses;   Numbers, Book of;   Taberah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Taberah ;   Wanderings of the Israelites;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Taberah;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Tab'erah,;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - On to Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Moses;   Taberah;   Wanderings of Israel;   Wrath (Anger);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Asmodeus;   Kibroth-Hattaavah;   Wilderness, Wanderings in the;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Taberah - i. e. “burning:” not the name of a station, and accordingly not found in the list given in Numbers 11:34) to have occurred at the station called, from another still more terrible event which shortly followed, Kibroth-hattaavah.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/numbers-11.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he called the name of the place Taberah,.... That is, "burning": Moses called it so; or it may be rendered impersonally, it was calledF19ויקרא "et vocatum est", Tigurine version, Fagius, Piscator. so in later times by the people:

because the fire of the Lord burnt among them; to perpetuate the, memory of this kind of punishment for their sins, that it might be a terror and warning to others; and this history is indeed recorded for our caution in these last days, that we murmur not as these Israelites did, and were destroyed of the destroyer, 1 Corinthians 10:10.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/numbers-11.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

From this judgment the place where the fire had burned received the name of “ Tabeerah,” i.e., burning, or place of burning. Now, as this spot is distinctly described as the end or outermost edge of the camp, this “place of burning” must not be regarded, as it is by Knobel and others, as a different station from the “graves of lust.” “ Tabeerah was simply the local name give to a distant part of the whole camp, which received soon after the name of Kibroth-Hattaavah, on account of the greater judgment which the people brought upon themselves through their rebellion. This explains not only the omission of the name Tabeerah from the list of encampments in Numbers 33:16, but also the circumstance, that nothing is said about any removal from Tabeerah to Kibroth-Hattaavah, and that the account of the murmuring of the people, because of the want of those supplies of food to which they had been accustomed in Egypt, is attached, without anything further, to the preceding narrative. There is nothing very surprising either, in the fact that the people should have given utterance to their wish for the luxuries of Egypt, which they had been deprived of so long, immediately after this judgment of God, if we only understand the whole affair as taking place in exact accordance with the words of the texts, viz., that the unbelieving and discontented mass did not discern the chastising hand of God at all in the conflagration which broke out at the end of the camp, because it was not declared to be a punishment from God, and was not preceded by a previous announcement; and therefore that they gave utterance in loud murmurings to the discontent of their hearts respecting the want of flesh, without any regard to what had just befallen them.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/numbers-11.html. 1854-1889.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

Taberah means a burning.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/numbers-11.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

Taberah — This fire; as it was called Kibroth-hattaavah from another occasion, Numbers 11:34,35, and Numbers 33:16. It is no new thing in scripture for persons and places to have two names. Both these names were imposed as monuments of the peoples sin and of God's just judgment.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-11.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Numbers 11:3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

Ver. 3. The name of the place Taberah.] So to perpetuate the memory of the people’s sin, and God’s judgment. Alterius perditio, tua sit cautio.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/numbers-11.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Numbers 11:3. Name of the place Taberah The reason of the name Taberah, or burning, is given, as usual, in the next clause; because the fire of the Lord burnt among them: see 1 Corinthians 10:11-12 where the apostle applies this part of the sacred history for the instruction of Christians.

REFLECTIONS.—From the mercies they had experienced, and their promising beginnings, we might have expected a gracious issue to their journey; but, alas! what a change is here!

1. A spirit of murmuring is among them; why or wherefore it is hard to guess. They had every blessing their hearts could reasonably desire; and such extraordinary instances of God's love to them, as should have made them rejoice with joy unspeakable. But a discontented spirit will never be without cause of murmuring, even in the midst of mercies. God heard their repinings; for to him our most secret thoughts are fully known; and justly angry at their ingratitude, as he must ever be with those complainers who find fault with his provision for them, 2. He sends a fire of wrath among them, most probably by strokes of lightning from heaven. It burnt in the uttermost part of the camp; in the tribe of Dan probably, where the chief seat of the murmurers lay. God will not spare, if sinners provoke him; and happy for us if we take warning by others, and repent of the like sins, that we be not consumed with their plagues. 3. Thus did the people; they cried unto Moses; for in distress of soul God's slighted ministers will be the first to be applied to; and Moses kindly interceded for them, and the fire was stayed. The prayers of a righteous man avail much. It is a great blessing to have an interest in them. 4. The name given the place, Taberah, Burning. The place of the sinner's torment shortly will be everlasting burnings. Let us fear to murmur, lest we should likewise perish.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". 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

Tabera, from this fire; as it was called Kibroth-hattaa-vah from another occasion, Numbers 11:34,35 33:16; as it is no new thing in Scripture for persons and places to have two names. Both these names were imposed as monuments of the people’s sin, and of God’s just judgment. See Deuteronomy 9:7,22,24.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". 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

3.Taberah is simply a local designation of the spot in the end of the camp where the burning occurred. The entire camp took the name of Kibroth-hattaavah — the graves of lust, caused by divine justice avenging the rebellion of Israel. Hence Taberah is not in the list of stations in Numbers 33:16, nor is there any mention of a removal from Taberah to Kibroth-hattaavah.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "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 11:3. He called the place Taberah — That is, burning, because of this fire; and it was called Kibroth-hattaavah on another account. It is no unusual thing in Scripture for persons and places to have two or more names. Both these names were imposed as monuments of the people’s sin, and of God’s just displeasure. This passage is well improved by St. Paul, (1 Corinthians 10:10-12,) to caution us against discontent and murmuring.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/numbers-11.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

The burning. Hebrew tabherah. (Challoner) --- Calmet uses no reason for confounding this station with that mentioned [in] ver. 34.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-11.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

he called: i.e. Moses called.

the place = that place.

Taberah. Hebrew "burning".

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/numbers-11.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(3) Taberah—i.e., burning, a word cognate to the verb which is rendered burnt in Numbers 11:1 and in this verse.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.
Taberah
that is, a burning.
Deuteronomy 9:22
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Numbers 11:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/numbers-11.html.