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Numbers 27:20 New English Translation (NET Bible)

20 Then you must delegate[a] some of your authority[b] to him, so that the whole community of the Israelites will be obedient.[c]


  1. Numbers 27:20 tn The verb is simply “give,” but in this context giving some of Moses’ honor to Joshua in the presence of the people is essentially passing the leadership to him, or delegating the authority to him with the result that people would follow him.
  2. Numbers 27:20 tc The Greek, Syriac, and Vulgate read “glory” for this form that occurs only here in the Pentateuch. Elsewhere it is rendered “majesty, splendor” (see Ps 96:6). It could even be “vitality” here. The authority being transferred here is both spiritual and civil.
  3. Numbers 27:20 tn Heb “hear.”
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Numbers 27:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him.

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