Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Numbers
Chapter: 2

The order of the tribes in their tents.
- The tribes were to Encamp about the Tabernacle, which was to
be in the midst of them. It was a token of God's gracious
presence. Yet they were to Pitch their tents afar off, in
reverence to the Sanctuary. The children of Israel Put
themselves in their posts, without Murmuring or disputing; and
as it was their safety, So it was their beauty. It is our duty
and interest to be contented with the place allotted to us, and
to endeavour to occupy it in a proper manner, without envying or
Murmuring; without ambition or Covetousness. Thus the Gospel
Church ought to be compact, according to the Scripture model,
every one knowing and keeping his place; and then all that wish
Well to the Church rejoice, beholding their order, Col 2:5.