Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses1Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. 2And they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? aHas he not spoken through us also?” And bthe Lord heard it. 3Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. 4And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. 5And cthe Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. 6And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him din a vision; I speak with him ein a dream. 7Not so with fmy servant Moses. gHe is faithful in all my house. 8With him I speak hmouth to mouth, clearly, and not in iriddles, and he beholds jthe form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 9And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed. 10When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, kMiriam was lleprous, ▼
▼Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, ndo not punish us ▼
▼Hebrew do not lay sin upon usbecause we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” 13And Moses cried to the Lord, “O God, please heal her—please.” 14But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but pspit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be qshut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” 15So Miriam rwas shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 16After that the people set out from sHazeroth, and camped in tthe wilderness of Paran.
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