But they soon forgot1 what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.214
In the desert3 they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland4 they put God to the test.515
So he gave them6 what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease7 upon them.
In the camp they grew envious8 of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.
The earth opened9 up and swallowed Dathan;10 it buried the company of Abiram.1118
Fire blazed12 among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
At Horeb they made a calf13 and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
They exchanged their Glory14 for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
They forgot the God15 who saved them, who had done great things16 in Egypt,
miracles in the land of Ham17 and awesome deeds18 by the Red Sea.
So he said he would destroy19 them-- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach20 before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised21 the pleasant land;22 they did not believe23 his promise.
They grumbled24 in their tents and did not obey the LORD.
So he swore25 to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the desert,2627
make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter27 them throughout the lands.
They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor28 and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
they provoked the LORD to anger29 by their wicked deeds,30 and a plague31 broke out among them.
But Phinehas32 stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.3331
This was credited to him34 as righteousness for endless generations35 to come.
By the waters of Meribah36 they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them;
for they rebelled37 against the Spirit38 of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips.a39