Numbers 14:6-9

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 the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.
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 be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

Numbers 14:6-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO NUMBERS 14

This chapter treats or the murmurings of the children of Israel upon the evil report of the spies, which greatly distressed Moses and Aaron, Nu 14:1-5; and of the endeavours of Joshua and Caleb to quiet the minds of the people with a good account of the land, and of the easy conquest of it, but to no purpose, Nu 14:6-10; and of the Lord's threatening to destroy the people with the pestilence, Nu 14:11,12; and of the intercession of Moses for them, which so far succeeded as to prevent their immediate destruction, Nu 14:13-20; nevertheless they are assured again and again, in the strongest terms, that none of them but Joshua and Caleb should enter into the land, but their carcasses should fall in the wilderness, even all the murmurers of twenty years old and upwards, Nu 14:21-35; and the ten men that brought the evil report of the good land died of a plague immediately, but the other two lived, Nu 14:36-38; and the body of the people that attempted to go up the mountain and enter the land were smitten and discomfited by their enemies, after they had with concern heard what the Lord threatened them with, Nu 14:39-45.

Numbers 14:6-9 In-Context

4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.
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 the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.
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 be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
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 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 signs I have performed among them?

Cross References 12

  • 1. Numbers 11:28
  • 2. S Genesis 37:29,34; Judges 11:35; 2 Samuel 13:31; 2 Kings 19:1; Ezra 9:3; Esther 4:1; S Mark 14:63
  • 3. Numbers 13:27; Deuteronomy 1:25
  • 4. Deuteronomy 7:8; Deuteronomy 10:15; Psalms 18:19; Psalms 22:8; Psalms 37:23; Psalms 41:11; Psalms 56:9; Psalms 147:11; Proverbs 11:20; Isaiah 62:4; Malachi 2:17
  • 5. Numbers 13:27
  • 6. Deuteronomy 1:21
  • 7. Deuteronomy 1:26; Deuteronomy 9:7,23,24
  • 8. Genesis 26:24; 2 Chronicles 32:7; Psalms 118:6; Jeremiah 41:18; Jeremiah 42:11
  • 9. Deuteronomy 1:21; Deuteronomy 7:18; Deuteronomy 20:1
  • 10. Haggai 2:4
  • 11. S Genesis 21:22; Deuteronomy 1:30; 2 Chronicles 13:12; Jeremiah 15:20; Jeremiah 46:28; Haggai 1:13
  • 12. ver 24