In the book of Numbers, again seventy of the Elders of Israel were specially commissioned and equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to rebuke the murmuring people of the Lord. These seventy may well have been unusually godly, knowledgeable and communicative Elders — especially set aside (just like Moses had been) as
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"prophesying elders" (or preachers). At any rate, those seventy were demarcated from the broader mass of the Ruling Elders who then "ruled well."19 For the seventy were known to be godly Elders who could powerfully prophesy (viz.declare God's Word to the people).