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Numbers 15:39

"It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,


John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And it shall be unto you for a fringe,.... The blue ribbon or lace shall be in or upon the fringe to fasten it:

that ye may look upon it; the blue lace making the whole the more conspicuous: from hence the Jews gather, that the night is not the time for wearing fringe, which lessens the sight, and it is not so easily seen; and that night garments are not obliged to have the fringe on them; and yet, they say, a blind man is bound to wear it, because, though he cannot see it, others canF7Maimon. in Misn. Ediot, c. 4. sect. 10. & Hilchot Tzitzith, c. 3. sect. 7. Schulchan Aruch, p. 1. c. 17. 1. & 18. 1. :

and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them: this is the general use, end, and design of the fringes, that upon sight of them they might be put in mind of the commandments and put upon the practice of them; these being at the four corners of their vestments, let them look which way they would downwards, before or behind, or on either side, they could not but see them: and the many threads in them might put them in mind of the many precepts they were to observe; and the white colour, the purity and holiness of them; and the blue or sky-coloured lace might lead them to observe the heavenly original of them; or being of a purple colour rather, might direct them to the blood of Christ, for the remission of the transgressions of them: the Jews have many fanciful things about the use and virtue of these fringes, not worthy of notice; and they say, that such who are careful to observe this law of the fringe, are worthy to see the face of the divine Majesty, and will be preserved from evil spiritsF8Baal Hatturim in loc. Schulchan Aruch, p. 1. c. 24. sect. 1,6. :

and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes; to have and enjoy, and do those things, in matters of worship, which were of their own devising, and pleasing in their sight, as well as in moral things, what were agreeable to their carnal hearts, and make for the gratification of their senses:

after which ye use to go a whoring; which seems to restrain the sense pretty much to idolatry, to false and superstitious worship, which are often in Scripture expressed by fornication and whoredom; though other sins and lusts also are sometimes signified by the same words.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/numbers-15.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a i whoring:

(i) By leaving God's commandments and following your own fantasies.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/numbers-15.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

For a fringe β€” That is, the ribband, shall be unto you, shall serve you for a fringe, to render it more visible by its distinct colour, whereas the fringe without this was of the same piece and colour with the garment, and therefore less observeable.

That ye seek not β€” Or, enquire not for other rules and ways of serving me than I have prescribed you.

Your own heart, and eyes β€” Neither after the devices of your own hearts, as Nadab and Abihu did when they offered strange fire; nor after the examples of others which your eyes see, as you did when you were set upon worshipping a calf after the manner of Egypt. The phylacteries worn by the Pharisees in our Lord's time, were a different thing from these. Those were of their own invention: these were a divine institution.


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Bibliography
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/numbers-15.html. 1765.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

It, i.e. the riband,

shall be unto you, i.e. shall serve you

for the fringe, to wit, to render it more visible and notorious by its certain, and remarkable, and distinct colour, whereas the fringe without this was of the same piece and colour with the garment, and therefore less observable. Or, it, i.e. the riband, shall be in your fringes, or, put to your fringes, fastened to them, that by looking upon it you may remember, that your eye may affect your mind and heart.

That ye seek not, or, inquire not, for other rules or ways of serving me than I have prescribed you.

After your own heart, and your own eyes, i.e. neither after the devices and inventions of your own minds or hearts, as Nadab and Abihu did when they offered strange fire, and as you now did, when you pretended to serve and please me by going up the hill and towards Canaan without and against my command; nor after the examples or inventions of others which your eyes see, as you did when you were set upon worshipping a calf after the manner of Egypt. To go a whoring, i.e. to depart from me, and to prefer your own fancies before my commands, and to live only by present sight or sense, and not at all by faith in my promises.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/numbers-15.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

39. Look upon it, and remember — There is nothing in a fringe resembling a precept; but when the former has been appointed to represent the latter the sign always suggests the thing signified, according to the laws of association which control the succession of ideas. Thus would Israel be deterred from lapsing into idolatry, which is here styled going a whoring, or spiritual fornication. See Numbers 14:33, note.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/numbers-15.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Numbers 15:39. That ye may remember — As circumcision in their persons, so this ornament in their garb was designed as a badge to distinguish them from all other nations; so that as often as they looked upon this mark, they might be put in mind of their being the worshippers of the true God, a holy people, and bound to the service of their Maker by peculiar laws and obligations. That ye seek not — Or, inquire not, for other rules and ways of serving me than I have prescribed you. Your own heart and eyes — Neither after the devices of your own hearts, as Nadab and Abihu did when they offered strange fire; nor after the examples of others which your eyes see, as you did when you were set upon worshipping a calf after the manner of Egypt.


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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/numbers-15.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Astray, (fornicantes). The eyes being left without restraint, easily fix upon dangerous objects, which captivate the heart, and lead to idolatry and the contempt of God's law. (Calmet) --- We are also admonished to meditate on the law, and not follow our own thoughts or interpretations, so as to render it of no effect, in the regulation of our morals. (Haydock)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/numbers-15.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(39) That ye seek not after your own heart.β€”Or, That ye go not about, or search not out, &c.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/numbers-15.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
remember
Exodus 13:9; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 11:18-21,28-32; Proverbs 3:1
ye seek not
Deuteronomy 29:19; Job 31:7; Proverbs 28:26; Ecclesiastes 11:9; Jeremiah 9:14; Ezekiel 6:9
go a whoring
Exodus 34:15,16; Psalms 73:27; 106:39; Hosea 2:2; James 4:4

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Numbers 15:39". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/numbers-15.html.

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