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20 Setting out from Succoth, they camped at Etham(A) near the edge of the wilderness.

21 (B)The Lord preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire[a] to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. 22 Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people.

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  1. 13:21 A column of cloud…a column of fire: probably one and the same extraordinary phenomenon, a central nucleus of fire surrounded by smoke; only at night was its luminous nature visible; cf. 40:38.

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