not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs1 I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times2--
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not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath3 to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt4 will ever see it.5
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But because my servant Caleb6 has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly,7 I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.8
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Since the Amalekites9 and Canaanites10 are living in the valleys, turn11 back tomorrow and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.12"
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The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
"How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites.13
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So tell them, 'As surely as I live,14 declares the LORD, I will do to you15 the very things I heard you say:
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In this desert your bodies will fall16--every one of you twenty years old or more17 who was counted in the census18 and who has grumbled against me.
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Not one of you will enter the land19 I swore with uplifted hand20 to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh21 and Joshua son of Nun.22
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As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.23
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But you--your bodies will fall24 in this desert.
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Your children will be shepherds here for forty years,25 suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert.
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For forty years26--one year for each of the forty days you explored the land27--you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.'
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I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will surely do these things28 to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this desert; here they will die.29"
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