The total number in their military divisions who belong to Judah’s encampment is 186,400; they will move out first.

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All the men assigned to the camp of Judah, according to their divisions, number 186,400. They will set out first.(A)

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14 The military divisions of the camp of Judah’s descendants with their banner set out first, and Nahshon son of Amminadab(A) was over their divisions.

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14 The divisions of the camp of Judah went first, under their standard.(A) Nahshon son of Amminadab(B) was in command.

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17 I see him, but not now;
I perceive him, but not near.
A star will come from Jacob,
and a scepter will arise from Israel.(A)
He will smash the forehead[a] of Moab
and strike down[b] all the Shethites.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 24:17 Or frontiers
  2. 24:17 Sam reads and the skulls of; Jr 48:45
  3. 24:17 Or Sethites

17 “I see him, but not now;
    I behold him, but not near.(A)
A star will come out of Jacob;(B)
    a scepter will rise out of Israel.(C)
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,(D)
    the skulls[a](E) of[b] all the people of Sheth.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 24:17 Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
  2. Numbers 24:17 Or possibly Moab, / batter
  3. Numbers 24:17 Or all the noisy boasters

Judah’s Leadership against the Canaanites

After the death of Joshua,(A) the Israelites inquired of the Lord,(B) “Who will be the first to fight for us against the Canaanites?”

The Lord answered, “Judah(C) is to go.(D) I have handed the land over to him.”(E)

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Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites(A)

After the death(B) of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first(C) to fight against the Canaanites?(D)

The Lord answered, “Judah(E) shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.(F)

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Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is my helmet;(A)
Judah is my scepter.(B)

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Gilead(A) is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim(B) is my helmet,
    Judah(C) is my scepter.(D)

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Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is my helmet;(A)
Judah is my scepter.(B)

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Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah(A) is my scepter.

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27 A ruin, a ruin,
I will make it a ruin!
Yet this will not happen
until he comes;(A)
I have given the judgment to him.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 21:27 Or comes to whom it rightfully belongs, and I will give it to him

27 A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! The crown will not be restored until he to whom it rightfully belongs shall come;(A) to him I will give it.’(B)

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