And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the ruler over them in time past, and the LORD was with him.
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George Leo Haydock
Before. Hebrew, "the Lord with him "an usual form of blessing, (Calmet) or of wishing well (Haydock) to the deceased. (Calemt)
This Phinees lived after the captivity, (Menochius) and possessed the same power as Eleazar and Joiada, chap. xii. 27., and Numbers iii. 32. It is not necessary to refute the fables of the Rabbins, who pretend that the famous Phinees was an angel, who appeared at different times, and particularly at the return from Babylon. (Calmet)
Hebrew may refer to the ancient Phinees: "And Phinees.was ruler over them formerly, and the Lord was with him. "(Du Hamel)