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Exodus 40:36-38 New English Translation (NET Bible)

36 But when the cloud was lifted up[a] from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out[b] on all their journeys; 37 but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey farther until the day it was lifted up.[c] 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be[d] on it at night, in plain view[e] of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.


  1. Exodus 40:36 tn The construction uses the Niphal infinitive construct to form the temporal clause.
  2. Exodus 40:36 tn The imperfect tense in this context describes a customary action.
  3. Exodus 40:37 tn The clause uses the Niphal infinitive construct in the temporal clause: “until the day of its being taken up.”
  4. Exodus 40:38 tn Here is another imperfect tense of the customary nuance.
  5. Exodus 40:38 tn Heb “to the eyes of all”; KJV, ASV, NASB “in the sight of all”; NRSV “before the eyes of all.”
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