Immediately, Moses and Aaron bowed with their faces touching the ground in front of the whole community of Israel assembled there.
At the same time, two of those who had explored the land, Joshua (son of Nun) and Caleb (son of Jephunneh), tore their clothes in despair.
They said to the whole community of Israel, "The land we explored is very good.
If the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us. This is a land flowing with milk and honey!
Don't rebel against the LORD, and don't be afraid of the people of the land. We will devour them like bread. They have no protection, and the LORD is with us. So don't be afraid of them."
But when the whole community of Israel talked about stoning Moses and Aaron to death, they all saw the glory of the LORD [shining] at the tent of meeting.
The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to trust me in spite of all the miraculous signs I have done among them?
I'll strike them with a plague, I'll destroy them, and I'll make you into a nation larger and stronger than they are."
But Moses said to the LORD, "What if the Egyptians hear about it? (You used your power to take these people away from them.)
What if the Egyptians tell the people who live in this land? LORD, they have already heard that you are with these people, that they have seen you with their own eyes, that your column of smoke stays over them, and that you go ahead of them in a column of smoke by day and in a column of fire by night.
But if you kill all these people at the same time, then the nations who have heard these reports about you will say,