Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
"How long will this wicked nation complain about me? I have heard everything the Israelites have been saying.
Now tell them this: 'As surely as I live, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. I, the LORD, have spoken!
You will all die here in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, none of you who are twenty years old or older and were counted in the census
will enter the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
"'You said your children would be taken captive. Well, I will bring them safely into the land, and they will enjoy what you have despised.
But as for you, your dead bodies will fall in this wilderness.
And your children will be like shepherds, wandering in the wilderness forty years. In this way, they will pay for your faithlessness, until the last of you lies dead in the wilderness.
"'Because the men who explored the land were there for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years -- a year for each day, suffering the consequences of your sins. You will discover what it is like to have me for an enemy.'
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)