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And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:1 second year. Since the Israelites left Egypt about the middle of the first month at Passover time, the book of Numbers begins about twelve and a half months after the start of their exodus. The events in Numbers then cover essentially the forty years of wilderness wandering (Numbers 14:34; 32:13).

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