Numbers 14:16

16 ‘The LORD was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’

Read Numbers 14:16 Using Other Translations

Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
'It is because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.'
‘The LORD was not able to bring them into the land he swore to give them, so he killed them in the wilderness.’

What does Numbers 14:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 14:16

Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the
land which he sware unto them
That though he brought them out of Egypt, he was not able to bring them through the wilderness into Canaan; and that though he had wrought many signs and wonders for them, he could work no more, his power failed him, he had exhausted all his might, and could not perform the promise and oath he had made:

therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness;
because he could not fulfil his word, and so made short work of it, destroying them all together, which Moses suggests would greatly reflect dishonour on him; and in this he shows, that he was more concerned for the glory of God than for his own.

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