Numbers 20

CHAPTER 20

Israel Grumbles for Lack of Water

And [7came 4of the 5sons 6of Israel 1all 2the 3congregation] into the wilderness of Zin, in the [2month 1first]; and [3stayed 1the 2people] in Kadesh. And [2came to an end 3there 1Miriam], and she was entombed there. And there was no water for the congregation, and they gathered themselves against Moses and Aaron. And [3reviled 1the 2people] against Moses, saying, Ought we died in the destruction of our brothers before the  lord. And why did you lead the congregation of the  lord into this wilderness, to kill us, and our cattle? And why is this you led us from Egypt to come unto [2place 1this bad]? A place which you cannot sow, nor is there fig-trees, nor grapevines, nor pomegranates, nor is there water to drink. And [4came 1Moses 2and 3Aaron] from in front of the congregation, unto the door of the tent of the testimony, and they fell upon their face. And [4appeared 1the 2glory 3of the  lord] to them. And the  lord spoke to Moses, saying, Take the rod, and call an assembly of the congregation, you and Aaron your brother! And speak to the rock before them! and it shall give of its waters; and you shall bring forth to them water from out of the rock, and you shall give to drink the congregation and their cattle. And Moses took the rod before the  lord, as the  lord gave orders to him. 10 And [4held an assembly 1Moses 2and 3Aaron] of the congregation before the rock. And he said to them, Hear me! O ones resisting persuasion; must [4from out of 5this rock 1we bring forth 2to you 3water]?

Moses Strikes the Rock

11 And Moses lifting his hand, struck the rock with the rod twice, and came forth [2water 1much], and [3drank 1the 2congregation], and their cattle. 12 And the  lord said to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not trust in me to sanctify me before the sons of Israel, because of this [2shall not 3bring 1you yourselves] this congregation into the land which I have given to them. 13 This is the water of dispute, for [4were reviled 1the 2sons 3of Israel] before the  lord, and he was sanctified among them. 14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying, Thus says your brother Israel, You have knowledge of all the trouble finding us, 15 and how [2went down 1our fathers] into Egypt, and we sojourned in Egypt [2days 1many], and [3inflicted evil 4on us 1the 2Egyptians] and our fathers. 16 And we yelled out to the  lord, and the  lord listened to our voice. And sending an angel, he led us from out of Egypt. And now we are in Kadesh, a city of a part of your borders. 17 We shall go through your land. We will not go through the fields, nor through the vineyards, nor shall we drink water from out of your cistern. [3way 2by the royal 1We shall go]. We shall not turn aside to the right nor left, until whenever we should have gone by your borders.

Edom Refuses Israel to Pass

18 And [2said 3to 4him 1Edom], You shall not go through mine, and if otherwise, in war I shall come forth to meet with you. 19 And [4say 5to him 1the 2sons 3of Israel], [2by 3the 4mountain 1We shall go]. And if [2of your water 1we drink], both I and my cattle, I will give the value of it to you. But the thing is nothing, [2by 3the 4mountain 1we shall go]. 20  And he said, You shall not go through of mine. And Edom came forth to meet with him with [2multitude 1a heavy], and with [2hand 1a strong]. 21 And [2did not 3want 1Edom] to give permission to Israel to go through his borders. And Israel turned aside from him. 22 And they departed from Kadesh. And [4came 1the 2sons 3of Israel], all the congregation, unto Hor the mountain. 23 And the  lord said to Moses and Aaron in Hor, in the mountain, upon the borders of the land of Edom, saying, 24 Let Aaron be added to his people, for in no way should he enter into the land which I have given to the sons of Israel, because you provoked me at the Water of Dispute. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and haul them unto Hor the mountain! 26 And take off of Aaron his apparel, and put it on Eleazar his son! And Aaron, having been added to his people, let him die there! 27 And Moses did as the  lord gave orders to him, and he hauled them unto Hor the mountain before all the congregation.

Death of Aaron

28 And Moses stripped off Aaron his garments, and he put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron died upon the top of the mountain. And [4came down 1Moses 2and 3Eleazar] from the mountain. 29 And [4saw 1all 2the 3congregation] that Aaron was loosed, and [4wept for 5Aaron 6thirty 7days 1all 2the house 3of Israel].
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