The punishment of Nadab and Abihu by death for offering “strange fire” (x. 1-5) forms a natural sequel to chap.
No one can imagine that Nadab and Abihu meant wrong; but for all that, for their sin they died.
But the two other sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, felt differently.
We cannot look upon the case as if the act of Nadab and Abihu had been merely a private matter, personal to themselves alone.
Nadab and Abihu having died, there remained but the two besides their father.
Nadab and Abihu might have deemed one kind of "fire" as good as another, but it was not their province to decide as to that.
The punishment was like the punishment of Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, for offering strange fire in their censers.
Nadab and Abihu offered "strange fire," and Eleazar and Ithamar were unable to eat the sin-offering.
Under the distant group of trees appears Moses, conducted by some younger personage (Nadab or Abihu).
Nadab and Abihu, the two eldest, had sinned presumptuously, and brought on themselves the doom of death.
father of Him; i.e., "worshipper of God", the second of the sons of Aaron (Ex. 6:23; Num. 3:2; 26:60; 1 Chr. 6:3). Along with his three brothers he was consecrated to the priest's office (Ex. 28:1). With his father and elder brother he accompanied the seventy elders part of the way up the mount with Moses (Ex. 24:1,9). On one occasion he and Nadab his brother offered incense in their censers filled with "strange" (i.e., common) fire, i.e., not with fire taken from the great brazen altar (Lev. 6:9, etc.), and for this offence they were struck dead, and were taken out and buried without the camp (Lev. 10:1-11; comp. Num. 3:4; 26:61; 1 Chr. 24:2). It is probable that when they committed this offence they were intoxicated, for immediately after is given the law prohibiting the use of wine or strong drink to the priests.