Numbers 14

The People Rebel

Then all the congregation
Lit lifted and gave their voice
lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept
Lit in that
that night.
All the sons of Israel c grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, d Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the  Lord bringing us into this land, e to fall by the sword? f Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another g Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”

h Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel. Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying i The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. j If the  Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us— k a land which flows with milk and honey. Only l do not rebel against the  Lord; and do not m fear the people of the land, for they will be our
Lit food
prey. Their
Lit shadow
protection has been removed from them, and the  Lord is with us; do not fear them.”
10  p But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then q the glory of the  Lord appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

Moses Pleads for the People

11  r The  Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will s they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? 12 I will smite them with
Lit the pestilence
,
u pestilence and dispossess them, and I v will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they.”

13  w But Moses said to the  Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, 14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O  Lord, are in the midst of this people, for x You, O  Lord, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if You slay this people as one man, y then the nations who have heard of Your fame will
Lit speak, saying
say,
16 Because the  Lord aa could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.’ 17 But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have
Lit spoken, saying
declared,
18 ac The  Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but ad He will by no means clear the guilty, ae visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children
Lit on
to the third and the fourth generations.’
19  ag Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

The  Lord Pardons and Rebukes

20 So the  Lord said, ah I have pardoned them according to your word; 21 but indeed ai as I live
Lit and all
,
ak all the earth will be filled with the glory of the  Lord.
22 Surely al all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet am have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, 23  an shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. 24 But My servant Caleb, ao because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully,
Lit him I
,
aq I will bring into the land
Lit where
which he entered, and his
Lit seed
descendants shall take possession of it.
25  at Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea.”

26 The  Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are av grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are
Lit complaining
making against Me.
28 Say to them, ‘ ax As I live,’ says the  Lord, ‘just as ay you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29  az your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all ba your
Lit mustered
numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me.
30 Surely you shall not come into the land in which I
Lit raised My hand
swore to settle you, bd except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 be Your children, however, whom you said would become a preyI will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected. 32 bf But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your sons shall be shepherds for bg forty years in the wilderness, and they will
Lit bear
suffer for your
Lit fornications
unfaithfulness, until your corpses
Lit are finished
lie in the wilderness.
34 ‘According to the bk number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your
Or iniquities
guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition.
35 bm I, the  Lord, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.’”

36  bn As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, 37 even bo those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a bp plague before the  Lord. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who went to spy out the land.

Israel Repulsed

39 When Moses spoke bq these words to all the sons of Israel br the people mourned greatly. 40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the
Or top of the mountain
ridge of the hill country, saying bt Here we are;
Or and we will go up...for we have sinned
we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the  Lord has promised.”
41 But Moses said bv Why then are you transgressing the
Lit mouth
commandment of the  Lord, when it will not succeed?
42  bx Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the  Lord is not among you. 43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the  Lord. And the  Lord will not be with you.” 44 But they went up heedlessly to the
Or top of the mountain
ridge of the hill country; neither bz the ark of the covenant of the  Lord nor Moses left the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as ca Hormah.
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