Numbers 20:3

3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD!

Read Numbers 20:3 Using Other Translations

And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
And the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD!
The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the LORD ’s presence with our brothers!

What does Numbers 20:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 20:3

And the people chode with Moses
Contended with him in a wrangling and litigious manner, showing no reverence nor respect unto his person on account of the dignity of his office, and the many favours they had received from him; and this at a time, when, instead of quarrelling with him, they should have condoled him on the loss of his sister, and bewailed their own loss also of one who had been a prophetess to them, and a leader of them, ( Micah 6:4 )

and spake, saying, would God that we had died when our brethren died
before the Lord;
either at Taberah by fire, or as Korah and his company in like manner, or as the fourteen thousand and seven hundred by a pestilence, ( Numbers 11:1-3 ) ( Numbers 16:35 Numbers 16:49 ) which they thought a much easier death, either of them, than to die of thirst: they might well call them brethren, not only because of the same nation, and nearly related to them, but because they were of the same temper and disposition, and indeed brethren in iniquity; and they seem to use this appellation, as being of the same sentiments with them, and in vindication of them, and adopt almost their very language; see ( Numbers 14:2 ) .

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