Numbers 14:13-19 (English Standard Version)

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Moses Intercedes for the People

13 But 1Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them, 14 and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. 2They have heard that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people. For you, O LORD, are seen face to face, and 3your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, 16 'It is because the LORD4was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.' 17 And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, 18 5'The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, 6visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.' 19 Please 7pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just 8as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now."
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