Then all the congregationalifted up their voices and cried, and the peopleweptbthat night.
2All the sons of Israel1grumbledagainstMoses and Aaron; and the wholecongregationsaid to them, "2Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Orwould that we had died in thiswilderness!
3"Why is the LORDbringing us into thisland, 3to fall by the sword? 4Our wives and our littleones will becomeplunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"
So they said to oneanother, "5Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt."
56Then Moses and Aaronfell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.
6Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, "7The landwhich we passedthrough to spy out is an exceedinglygoodland.
"8If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into thisland and give it to us-9a landwhichflows with milk and honey.
9"Only10do not rebel against the LORD; and do not 11fear the people of the land, for they will be our cprey. Their dprotection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them."
1012But all the congregationsaid to stone them with stones. Then 13the glory of the LORDappeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.
1114The LORDsaid to Moses, "Howlong will thispeoplespurn Me? And howlong will 15they not believe in Me, despite all the signswhich I have performed in their midst?
"I will smite them with e16pestilence and dispossess them, and I 17will make you into a nationgreater and mightierthan they."
1318But Mosessaid to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up thispeople from their midst,
and they will tell it to the inhabitants of thisland. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of thispeople, for 19You, O LORD, are seeneye to eye, while Your cloudstandsover them; and You gobefore them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
"Now if You slaythispeople as oneman, 20then the nationswho have heard of Your fame will fsay,
16'Because the LORD21could not bringthispeople into the landwhich He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.'
"But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have gdeclared ,
'22The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgivinginiquity and transgression; but 23He will by nomeansclear the guilty, 24visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the childrenhto the third and the fourth generations.'
"25Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of thispeople according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiventhispeople, from Egypt even untilnow."
So the LORDsaid, "26I have pardoned them according to your word;
but indeed, 27as I live, i28all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD.
22"Surely29all the men who have seen My glory and My signswhich I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet 30have put Me to the testthesetentimes and have not listened to My voice,
2331shall by nomeanssee the landwhich I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.
"But My servantCaleb, 32because he hashad a differentspirit and has followed Me fully, j33I will bring into the landkwhich he entered, and his ldescendants shall takepossession of it.
"34Now the Amalekites and the Canaaniteslive in the valleys; turntomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the mRedSea."
The LORDspoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
27"Howlong shall I bear with thisevilcongregationwho are 35grumblingagainst Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are nmakingagainst Me.
28"Say to them, '36As I live,' says the LORD, 'just as 37you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you;
2938your corpses will fall in thiswilderness, even all39your onumbered men, according to your completenumber from twentyyearsold and upward, who have grumbledagainst Me.
30'Surely you shall not come into the land in which I pswore to settle you, 40exceptCaleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
'41Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey -I will bring them in, and they will know the landwhich you have rejected.
'42But as for you, your corpses will fall in thiswilderness.
'Your sons shall be shepherds for 43fortyyears in the wilderness, and they will qsuffer for your runfaithfulness, until your corpsesslie in the wilderness.
'According to the 44number of dayswhich you spied out the land, fortydays, for everyday you shall bear your tguilt a year, even fortyyears, and you will know My opposition.
'45I, the LORD, have spoken, surelythis I will do to allthisevilcongregation who are gathered together against Me. In thiswilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.' "
3646As for the menwhomMosessent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregationgrumbleagainst him by bringing out a badreportconcerning the land,
even 47those men who brought out the very badreport of the landdied by a 48plaguebefore the LORD.
But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunnehremainedalive out of thosemen who went to spy out the land.
When Mosesspoke49thesewords to all the sons of Israel, 50the peoplemournedgreatly.
In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the uridge of the hillcountry, saying, "51Here we are; vwe have indeedsinned, but we will go up to the placewhich the LORD has promised."
But Mosessaid, "52Whythen are you transgressing the wcommandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed?
"53Do not go up, or you will be struckdownbefore your enemies, for the LORD is not among you.
"For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turnedback from following the LORD. And the LORD will not be with you."
But they went up heedlessly to the xridge of the hillcountry; neither54the ark of the covenant of the LORDnorMosesleft the camp.
Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hillcountrycamedown, and struck them and beat them down as far as 55Hormah.