Then the whole community broke into loud cries, and the people wept that night.
All the Israelites complained about Moses and Aaron,a and the whole community told them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this wilderness!
Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to die by the sword? Our wives and little children will become plunder.b Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?"c4
So they said to one another, "Let's appoint a leader and go back to Egypt."
Then Moses and Aaron fell down with their faces [to the ground] in front of the whole assembly of the Israelite community.
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who scouted out the land, tore their clothes
and said to the entire Israelite community: "The land we passed through and explored is an extremely good land.d8
If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into this land, a land flowing with milk and honey,e and give it to us.
Only don't rebel against the Lord, and don't be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them.f Their protectiong has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don't be afraid of them!"
While the whole community threatened to stone them,h the glory of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the tent of meeting.