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Numbers 14:1-45 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 1 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.
2 And all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron; the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert!
3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become booty; would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?"
4 So they said to one another, "Let us choose a captain, and go back to Egypt." 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the Israelites. 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.
6 And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes
7 and said to all the congregation of the Israelites, "The land that we went through as spies is an exceedingly good land. 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.
8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.
9 Only, do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them." 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them."
10 But the whole congregation threatened to stone them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. 10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the LORD appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all the Israelites.
11 And the Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people despise me? And how long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 11 The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?
12 I will strike them with pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they." 12 I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they."
13 But Moses said to the Lord, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for in your might you brought up this people from among them, 13 Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them.
14 and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O Lord, are in the midst of this people; for you, O Lord, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go in front of them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 14 And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard that you, O LORD, are with these people and that you, O LORD, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
15 Now if you kill this people all at one time, then the nations who have heard about you will say, 15 If you put these people to death all at one time, the nations who have heard this report about you will say,
16 "It is because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land he swore to give them that he has slaughtered them in the wilderness.' 16 'The LORD was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath; so he slaughtered them in the desert.'
17 And now, therefore, let the power of the Lord be great in the way that you promised when you spoke, saying, 17 "Now may the Lord's strength be displayed, just as you have declared:
18 "The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children to the third and the fourth generation.' 18 'The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.'
19 Forgive the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have pardoned this people, from Egypt even until now." 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now."
20 Then the Lord said, "I do forgive, just as you have asked; 20 The LORD replied, "I have forgiven them, as you asked.
21 nevertheless—as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord— 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth,
22 none of the people who have seen my glory and the signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tested me these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 22 not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times--
23 shall see the land that I swore to give to their ancestors; none of those who despised me shall see it. 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.
24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me wholeheartedly, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
25 Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea." 25 Since the Amalekites and Canaanites are living in the valleys, turn back tomorrow and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea."
26 And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying: 26 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
27 How long shall this wicked congregation complain against me? I have heard the complaints of the Israelites, which they complain against me. 27 "How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites.
28 Say to them, "As I live," says the Lord, "I will do to you the very things I heard you say: 28 So tell them, 'As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say:
29 your dead bodies shall fall in this very wilderness; and of all your number, included in the census, from twenty years old and upward, who have complained against me, 29 In this desert your bodies will fall--every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me.
30 not one of you shall come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
31 But your little ones, who you said would become booty, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have despised. 31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.
32 But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 32 But you--your bodies will fall in this desert.
33 And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness for forty years, and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness. 33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert.
34 According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day a year, you shall bear your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know my displeasure." 34 For forty years--one year for each of the forty days you explored the land--you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.'
35 I the Lord have spoken; surely I will do thus to all this wicked congregation gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die. 35 I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this desert; here they will die."
36 And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report about the land— 36 So the men Moses had sent to explore the land, who returned and made the whole community grumble against him by spreading a bad report about it--
37 the men who brought an unfavorable report about the land died by a plague before the Lord. 37 these men responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the LORD.
38 But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh alone remained alive, of those men who went to spy out the land. 38 Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.
39 When Moses told these words to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly. 39 When Moses reported this to all the Israelites, they mourned bitterly.
40 They rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, "Here we are. We will go up to the place that the Lord has promised, for we have sinned." 40 Early the next morning they went up toward the high hill country. "We have sinned," they said. "We will go up to the place the LORD promised."
41 But Moses said, "Why do you continue to transgress the command of the Lord? That will not succeed. 41 But Moses said, "Why are you disobeying the LORD's command? This will not succeed!
42 Do not go up, for the Lord is not with you; do not let yourselves be struck down before your enemies. 42 Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies,
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will confront you there, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned back from following the Lord, the Lord will not be with you." 43 for the Amalekites and Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the LORD, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword."
44 But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, even though the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, had not left the camp. 44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the LORD's covenant moved from the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them, pursuing them as far as Hormah. 45 Then the Amalekites and Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.