Numbers 14:1-10

The People Rebel

Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people a wept that night. And all the people of Israel b grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or c would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the  Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? d Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to one another, e “Let us choose a leader and f go back to Egypt.”

Then g Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. h And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, i “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If j the  Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, k a land that flows with milk and honey. Only l do not rebel against the  Lord. And m do not fear the people of the land, for n they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the  Lord is with us; do not fear them.” 10  o Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But p the glory of the  Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.

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