23 Therefore (A)he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his (B)chosen one,
(C)stood in the breach before him,
    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

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23 So he declared he would destroy them.
    But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.
    He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.

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23 Therefore (A)He said that He would destroy them,
If (B)Moses, His chosen one, had not stood in the gap before Him,
To turn away His wrath from destroying them.

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23 
Therefore He said He would destroy them,
[And He would have done so] had not Moses, His chosen one, stepped into the gap before Him,
To turn away His wrath from destroying them.(A)

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23 (A)Therefore He said that He would destroy them,
Had not Moses His chosen one (B)stood before Him in the breach,
To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.

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29 they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
    and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then (A)Phinehas stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was stayed.

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29 They angered the Lord with all these things,
    so a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene,
    and the plague was stopped.

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29 So they (A)provoked Him to anger with their deeds,
And a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas (B)stood up and [a]intervened,
And so the (C)plague was brought to a halt.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 106:30 Or pronounced judgment

29 
Thus they provoked Him to anger with their practices,
And a plague broke out among them.
30 
Then Phinehas [the priest] stood up and [a]interceded,
And so the plague was halted.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 106:30 The exact meaning of the Hebrew here has been debated since ancient times. The term interceded probably is best because it could refer to Phinehas’ intervention by executing the guilty couple (Num 25:7f), or to his interceding through prayer in behalf of Israel. No such prayer is recorded, but it is certainly possible that Phinehas prayed for relief before or after the execution. The ancient rabbis mostly understood the intercession as a prayer, but some of them took the meaning of the Hebrew to be that Phinehas interceded essentially by arguing with God as to whether it was fair to destroy so many people for the sins of two.

29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds,
And the plague broke out among them.
30 (A)Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
And the plague was stopped.

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