Then Moses and Aaron bowed to the ground in front of all the people.
And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, two of the spies, tore their clothes in sorrow
and said to the people, "The land we explored is an excellent land.
If the Lord is pleased with us, he will take us there and give us that rich and fertile land.
Do not rebel against the Lord and don't be afraid of the people who live there. We will conquer them easily. The Lord is with us and has defeated the gods who protected them; so don't be afraid." 110
The whole community was threatening to stone them to death, but suddenly the people saw the dazzling light of the Lord's presence appear over the Tent.
The Lord said to Moses, "How much longer will these people reject me? How much longer will they refuse to trust in me, even though I have performed so many miracles among them?
I will send an epidemic and destroy them, but I will make you the father of a nation that is larger and more powerful than they are!"
But Moses said to the Lord, "You brought these people out of Egypt by your power. When the Egyptians hear what you have done to your people, 214
they will tell it to the people who live in this land. These people have already heard that you, Lord, are with us, that you appear in plain sight when your cloud stops over us, and that you go before us in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
Now if you kill all your people, the nations who have heard of your fame will say