Numbers 21:3

“And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the Lord hearkened to the voyce of Israel, and deliuered vp the Canaanites: and they vtterly destroyed them, and their cities, and hee called the name of the place Hormah.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites; then they utterly destroyed them and their cities. Thus the name of the place was called Hormah.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and the name of the place was called Hormah.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord, in answer to the voice of Israel, gave the Canaanites up to them; and they put them and their towns completely to destruction: and that place was named Hormah.
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah listened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them, and their cities. And they called the name of the place Hormah.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh listened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and the name of the place was called Hormah.
- World English Bible

and Jehovah hearkeneth to the voice of Israel, and giveth up the Canaanite, and he devoteth them and their cities, and calleth the name of the place Hormah.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities; and the name of the place was called Hormah.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 21:3


21:3 They utterly destroyed them - Neither Moses nor the whole body of the people did this but a select number sent out to punish that king and people, who were so fierce and malicious that they came out of their own country to fight with the Israelites in the wilderness; and these, when they had done this work, returned to their brethren into the wilderness. But why did they not all now go into Canaan, and pursue this victory? Because God would not permit it, there being several works yet to be done, other people must be conquered, the Israelites must be farther humbled and tried and purged, Moses must die, and then they shall enter, and that in a more glorious manner, even over Jordan, which shall be miraculously dried up, to give them passage. Hormah - That is, utter destruction.


Discussion for Numbers 21:3

  • Edward Nyakudya for verse 3
    The Canaanites are our everyday problems/enemies, which the Lord always destroys from our lives. Horma will then represent a place we praise God, the Church. It is imperative therefore that when we worship God we should worship him in spirit and in truth. In Psalm 50:5 God says “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice ". This signifies a strong bond between God and His saints , but only to those that have made a sacrifice to him . To them he will hearken unto their voice, when they cry to him and so shall their enemies (Canaanites) be utterly destroyed. God has always promised to keep his word if we are prepared to walk in His path of righteousness, In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God says "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land". So here God promises us healing our land (which signifies any problems in our lives) but only after we have done four things:
    1. Humble ourselves
    2. Pray
    3. Seek his face
    4. Turn away from our wicked ways
    Then God says He will do THREE things for us
    1. First he will “HEAR". God wants to hear us pray and praise his name, at HORMA (Church) place of praise.
    2. Only when He has heard us pray will he forgave, and then
    3. Heal our land (deliver the Canaanites for destruction). It is now at this point that the Lord will seek His saints, those that have made a covenant with Him by sacrifice.

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