The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleNumbers 16:2
And they rose up before Moses…
To his face, openly and
publicly, in a bold and audacious manner; with impudence, as the Targum
with certain of the children of Israel;
some out of the several tribes,
but perhaps chiefly of the tribe of Reuben, as Jarchi:
two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly;
or "congregation" F9,
who were princes in the several tribes to which they belonged, heads of
houses and families of their fathers, rulers of thousands, hundreds,
famous in the congregation;
or "called" F11 to the tabernacle of the
congregation; who, when the great men among the people were gathered
together to consult about any affair, were called, as Ben Melech
men of renown,
or "of name" F12; in high esteem among the people for
their birth and rank, their wealth and riches, wisdom and prudence; and
were so before they came out of Egypt, as Aben Ezra remarks; so that
the persons concerned in this rebellion were not the mob and dregs of
the people, but men of the greatest figure and fame, and therefore was
likely to be of bad consequence.
F9 (hde) "congregationis", Pagninus.
F11 (yarq) "vocati", Montanus, Drusius.
F12 (Mv yvna) "viri nominis", Montanus, Drusius.