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Numbers 16:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— When Moses heard [this], he fell on his face;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— When Moses heard this, he fell on his face.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Moses heareth, and falleth on his face,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— When Moses heard this, he fell flat on his face:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And when Moses heard it, he fell vpon his face.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And when Mosheh{gr.Moses} heard it, he fell on his face.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And when Mosheh heard [it], he fell upon his face:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And when M מֹשֶׁה 4872
{4872} Prime
From H4871; drawing out (of the water), that is, rescued; Mosheh, the Israelitish lawgiver.
heard 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[it], he fell 5307
{5307} Prime
A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
his face: 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Numbers 16:4

_ _ when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face — This attitude of prostration indicated not only his humble and earnest desire that God would interpose to free him from the false and odious imputation, but also his strong sense of the daring sin involved in this proceeding. Whatever feelings may be entertained respecting Aaron, who had formerly headed a sedition himself [Numbers 12:1], it is impossible not to sympathize with Moses in this difficult emergency. But he was a devout man, and the prudential course he adopted was probably the dictate of that heavenly wisdom with which, in answer to his prayers, he was endowed.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 16:1-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Numbers 16:4

On his face — Humbly begging that God would direct and vindicate him. Accordingly God answers his prayers, and strengthens him with new courage, and confidence of success.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Numbers 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
Numbers 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.
Joshua 7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
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Nu 14:5; 16:45; 20:6. Jsh 7:6.

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