Moshe and Aharon fell on their faces before the entire assembled community of the people of Isra'el.
Y'hoshua the son of Nun and Kalev the son of Y'funeh, from the detachment that had reconnoitered the land, tore their clothes
and said to the whole community of Isra'el, "The land we passed through in order to spy it out is an outstandingly good land!
If ADONAI is pleased with us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us -a land flowing with milk and honey.
Just don't rebel against ADONAI. And don't be afraid of the people living in the land - we'll eat them up! Their defense has been taken away from them, and ADONAI is with us! Don't be afraid of them!"
But just as the whole community were saying they should be stoned to death, the glory of ADONAI appeared in the tent of meeting to all the people of Isra'el.
ADONAI said to Moshe, "How much longer is this people going to treat me with contempt? How much longer will they not trust me, especially considering all the signs I have performed among them?
I am going to strike them with sickness, destroy them and make from you a nation greater and stronger than they are!"
However, Moshe replied to ADONAI, "When the Egyptians hear about this -[and they will,] because it was from among them that you, by your strength, brought this people up -
they will tell the people living in this land. They have heard that you, ADONAI, are with this people; that you, ADONAI, are seen face to face; that your cloud stands over them; that you go ahead of them in a column of cloud by day and a column of fire by night.
If you kill off this people at a single stroke, then the nations that have heard of your reputation will say