10:2 “Make 2 two trumpets of silver; you are to make 3 them from a single hammered piece. 4 You will use them 5 for assembling the community and for directing the traveling of the camps.
10:5 When you blow an alarm, 6 then the camps that are located 7 on the east side must begin to travel. 8 10:6 And when you blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that are located on the south side must begin to travel. 9 An alarm must be sounded 10 for their journeys.
31:10 They burned 11 all their towns 12 where they lived and all their encampments.
[10:2] 4 sn The instructions are not clearly spelled out here. But the trumpets were to be made of silver ingots beaten out into a sheet of silver and then bent to form a trumpet. There is archaeological evidence of silver smelting as early as 3000
[10:5] 6 tn The word for an alarm is תְּרוּעָה (tÿru’ah). The root verb of this word means “to give a blast on the trumpet.” It may also on occasion mean “give a shout” in battle (Josh 6:10). In this passage it must refer to the sound of the trumpet.
[10:6] 9 tc The MT does not mention the departures of the northerly and westerly tribes. The Greek text completes the description by adding them, making a full schedule of the departure of the groups of tribes. The Greek is not likely to be original, however, since it carries all the signs of addition to complete the text, making a smooth, full reading. The MT is to be preferred; it apparently used two of the groups to give the idea.