The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLeviticus 4:22
When a ruler hath sinned…
Or "prince", the "nasi",
one that is lifted up above others in honour, power, and authority, or
that bears the weight of government: the word comes from one which
signifies to lift up, or to bear; it may be understood of a governor of
a family, or of a tribe, as Aben Ezra observes; and so in the Talmud
F11 it is said, it means the prince of a tribe, such as Nachson the son
of Amminadab, prince of the tribe of Judah. Maimonides F12 says a king
is designed, over whom none has power; and so Gersom on the place, who
observes, that David the king is called a prince, (Ezekiel 34:24) (46:2)
and done [somewhat] through ignorance [against] any of the
commandments of the Lord his God;
the phrase, "his God", is here
added, and is not used neither of the anointed priest, nor of the
congregation, nor of one of the common people; only of the prince, to
show, that though he is above others, God is above him, and he is
accountable to him; he is his God, of whom he is, and by whom he rules;
wherefore if he breaks any of his commandments, though ignorantly, he
must bring a sacrifice for it:
[concerning things] which should not be done, and is guilty;
transgressing negative precepts, which are as binding on him as others.
F11 T. Bab. Horayot, fol. 11. 1.
F12 Hilchot Shegagot, c. 15. sect. 6.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Leviticus 4:22". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=le&chapter=004&verse=022>. 1999.