Numbers 14:5-15 (Common English Bible)

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5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the assembled Israelite community. 6 But Joshua, Nun's son, and Caleb, Jephunneh's son, from those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite community, "The land we crossed through to explore is an exceptionally good land. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he'll bring us into this land and give it to us. It's a land that's full of milk and honey. 9 Only don't rebel against the LORD and don't be afraid of the people of the land. They are our prey.a Their defense has deserted them, but the LORD is with us. So don't be afraid of them."

The LORD’s anger and Moses’ intercession

10 But the entire community intended to stone them. Then the LORD's glory appeared in the meeting tent to all the Israelites. 11 The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people disrespect me? And how long will they doubt me after all the signs that I performed among them? 12 I'll strike them down with a plague and disown them. Then I'll make you into a great nation, stronger than they." 13 Moses said to the LORD, "The Egyptians will hear, for with your power you brought these people up from among them. 14 They'll tell the inhabitants of this land. They've heard that you, LORD, are with this people. You, LORD, appear to them face-to-face. Your cloud stands over them. You go before them in a column of cloud by day and in a column of lightning by night. 15 If you kill these people, every last one of them, the nations who heard about you will say,
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