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Numbers 14 (Lexham English Bible)

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The People Complain

1 Then all the community {lifted up their voices},a and the people wept during that night. 2 And all the {Israelites}b grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and all the community said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt or in this desert! 3 Why did Yahweh bring us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little children will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return [to] Egypt?" 4 {They said to each other},c "Let us appoint a leader, and we will return [to] Egypt." 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces {before}d the assembly of the community of the {Israelites}.e 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, from the explorers [of] the land, tore their garments. 7 And they said to all the community of the {Israelites},f "The land that we went through to explore [is] an {exceptionally good land}.g 8 If Yahweh delights in us, then he will bring us into this land, and he will give it to us, a land that [is] flowing [with] milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against Yahweh, and you will not fear the people of the land, because they will be our food. {Their protection}h has been turned from them; Yahweh [is] with us. You should not fear them." 10 And all the community said to stone them with stones, but the glory of Yahweh appeared in the tent of assembly among the {Israelites}.i 11 And Yahweh said to Moses, "How long until this people will despise me, and how long until they will not believe in me, [and] in all the signs that I have done in theirj midst? 12 I will strike themk with disease, and I will dispossess them;l I will make you into a greater and stronger nation than them."m 13 And Moses said to Yahweh, "Then the Egyptians will hear that you brought up this people from theirn midst in your power, 14 and they will {tell it}o to the inhabitants of this land. They heard that you, Yahweh, [are] in the midst of this people, that you are seen eye to eye, and your cloud [is] standing over them, and in a column of cloud you go before them by day and in a column of fire [at] night. 15 But if you destroy this people {all at once},p the nations that will have heard your message will say, 16 'Yahweh was unable to bring this people in the land that he swore by an oath, and he slaughtered them in the desert.' 17 But now, please, let the power of my Lord be great, just has you spoke, 18 'Yahweh [is] {slow to anger}q and great of loyal love, {forgiving}r sin and rebellion; but surely he leaves nothing unpunished, visiting the sin of the fathers on the sons to the third and fourth generations.' 19 Please forgive the sin of this people according to the greatness of your loyal love, just as you {forgave}s this people, from Egypt until now." 20 Yahweh said, "I have forgiven [them] according to your word; 21 but as I [am] alive, the glory of Yahweh will fill all the earth. 22 But because all the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the desert yet tested me these ten times and did not listen to my voice, 23 they will not see the land that I swore by oath to their ancestors,t and all those who despised me will not see it. 24 But my servant Caleb, because another spirit was with him, he remained true after me, and I will bring him into the land that {he entered},u and his offspring will take possession of it. 25 And the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; tomorrow turn and set out [for] the desert [by] way of the {Red Sea}."v 26 And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 "How long [will I bear] this evil community who are grumbling against me? I have heard the grumbling of the {Israelites}w which {they are making}x against me. 28 Say to them, 'Surely as I live,' {declares}y Yahweh, 'just as you spoke {in my hearing},z so I will do to you; 29 in this desert your corpses will fall, and all your counted ones, according to all your number, from {twenty years old}aa and above who grumbled against me. 30 You [yourselves] will not come into the land that {I swore by oath}bb to make you to dwell in it, but Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 But your little children, whom you said would be plunder, I will bring them, and they will know the land that you rejected. 32 But for you, all your corpses will fall in this desert. 33 And your children will be shepherds in the desert forty years,cc and you will bear your unfaithfulness until {all your corpses have fallen}dd in the desert. 34 According to the number of the daysee that you explored the land, forty days,ff {a day for each year},gg you will bear your sins forty years,hh and you will know my opposition.' 35 I, Yahweh, have spoken; I will surely do this to all this evil community who has banded together against me. In this desert they will come to an end, and there they will die." 36 As for the men whom Moses sent to explore the land, who returned and made the community grumble against him by spreading a report over the land, 37 the men who spread the evil report of the land died by the plague {before Yahweh}.ii 38 But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh lived from [among] the men who went to explore the land. 39 And Moses spoke words to all the {Israelites},jj and the people mourned greatly. 40 They rose early in the morning and went to the top of the mount, saying, "Here we are. We will go up to the place that Yahweh said, because we have sinned." 41 But Moses said, "Why [are] you going against the command of Yahweh? It will not succeed. 42 You should not go up because Yahweh is not in your midst; do not let yourselves be defeated in the presence of your enemies, 43 because the Amalekiteskk and the Canaanitesll [are] there {before you},mm and you will fall by the sword; because you have turned [back] from Yahweh, and Yahweh will not be with you." 44 But they dared to go to the top of the mountain, and the ark of the covenant of Yahweh and Moses did not depart from the midst of the camp. 45 So the Amalekitesnn and the Canaanitesoo who were living on the mountain descended, and they beat them down, up to Hormah.
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