30 And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred.
30 He answered, "No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people."
30 But he said to him, "I will not go. I will depart to my own land and to my kindred."
30 But Hobab said, "I'm not coming; I'm going back home to my own country, to my own family."
30 And he said to him, "I will not go, but I will depart to my own land and to my relatives."
30 But Hobab replied, "No, I will not go. I must return to my own land and family."
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Numbers 10:30
Commentary on Numbers 10:29-32
(Read Numbers 10:29-32)
Moses invites his kindred to go to Canaan. Those that are bound for the heavenly Canaan, should ask and encourage their friends to go with them: we shall have none the less of the joys of heaven, for others coming to share with us. It is good having fellowship with those who have fellowship with God. But the things of this world, which are seen, draw strongly from the pursuit of the things of the other world, which are not seen. Moses urges that Hobab might be serviceable to them. Not to show where they must encamp, nor what way they must march, the cloud was to direct that; but to show the conveniences of the place they marched through, and encamped in. It well consists with our trust in God's providence, to use the help of our friends.