Not that there shouldn’t be a lot of men.
Mike is doing a comparison of the TNIV and the NIV here. It seems there are not enough changes.
I was trying to explain to someone today that Serah or Serach, the daughter of Asher, also the female equivalent of Methuselah since she occurs in two different time periods, was able to go out to war. This is not to advocate a women in combat. However, if your homeland is threatened, …
The problem is that the savvy man I was debating with skewered me with the TNIV. He pointed out that only men are able to go out to war.
- “Take a census of the men twenty years old or more, as the LORD commanded Moses.” These were the Israelites who came out of Egypt: Numbers 26:4
The ESV is much better, also supplying a footnote.
- “Take a census of the people,[a] from twenty years old and upward,” as the LORD(A) commanded Moses. The people of Israel who came out of the land of Egypt were:
- Numbers 26:4 Take a census of the people is implied (compare verse 2)
I am actually a little fuzzy on what the Hebrew text says at this point but I can’t find the word for men. Does it say “among the son from twenty years” or am I just imagining this? Bleat.