34 And the cloud of the Lord was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.
34 The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
34 And the cloud of the Lord was over them by day, whenever they set out from the camp.
34 The Cloud of God was above them by day when they marched from the camp.
34 And the cloud of the Lord was above them by day when they went out from the camp.
34 As they moved on each day, the cloud of the Lord hovered over them.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Numbers 10:34
Commentary on Numbers 10:33-36
(Read Numbers 10:33-36)
Their going out and coming in, gives an example to us to begin and end every day's journey and every day's work with prayer. Here is Moses's prayer when the ark set forward, "Rise up, and let thine enemies be scattered." There are those in the world who are enemies to God and haters of him; secret and open enemies; enemies to his truths, his laws, his ordinances, his people. But for the scattering and defeating of God's enemies, there needs no more than God's arising. Observe also the prayer of Moses when the ark rested, that God would cause his people to rest. The welfare and happiness of the Israel of God, consist in the continual presence of God among them. Their safety is not in their numbers, but in the favour of God, and his gracious return to them, and resting with them. Upon this account, Happy art thou, O Israel! who is like unto thee, O people! God will go before them, to find them resting-places by the way. His promise is, and their prayers are, that he will never leave them nor forsake them.