Numbers 14:9

Hebrew Bible

8 If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land that is flowing with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection has turned aside from them, but the Lord is with us. Do not fear them!” 10 However, the whole community threatened to stone them. But the glory of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the tent of meeting.

Neofiti Numbers 14:9


8 If the Lord hath pleasure in us, even He will bring us into this land, and give us the land which produceth milk and honey. 9 Only be not rebellious against the Word of the Lord, nor be afraid of the people of the land, for, just as it is easy for us to eat bread, so it is easy in our sight to destroy them; their strength is departed from them, and the Word of the Lord is our helper: fear them not. 10 But all the congregation said that they would stone them with stones. And the Glory of the Lord was revealed at the tabernacle of ordinance, unto ail the children of Israel.

 Notes and References

"... One major trait of the Targums is that they tend to resolve biblical metaphors into nonmetaphorical speech; they rewrite the figurative as the literal. An example is the following from Numbers 14:9 ... Here, two different approaches are taken to resolving the simple metaphor “the people of the land are our bread.” Onkelos takes the phrase to mean simply that the hostile people will be delivered by God into the power of the Israelites. There is no attempt to refashion the metaphor into a simile or to highlight any property of bread as the reason for the image; instead, the targumist resorts to straight paraphrase, possibly harking back to the wording of Exodus 23:31 (“I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hands”). Neofiti, on the other hand, truly resolves the metaphor into a simile, explaining why the biblical text uses the image of bread in the first place ..."

Cook, Edward M. "The Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in the Targums" in Henze, Matthias (ed.) A Companion to Biblical Interpretation in Early Judaism (pp. 92-117) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012

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