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The People Rebel

1 Then all the congregation lifted F182 up their voices and cried, and the people wept that F183 night. 2 All the sons of Israel grumbled R381 against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "Would R382 that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 "Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to R383 fall by the sword? Our R384 wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" 4 So they said to one another, "Let R385 us appoint a leader and return to Egypt."

5 Then R386 Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel. 6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, "The R387 land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 "If R388 the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us--a R389 land which flows with milk and honey. 9 "Only do R390 not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear R391 the people of the land, for they will be our prey. F184 Their protection F185 has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them." 10 But R392 all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the R393 glory of the LORD appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

Moses Pleads for the People

11 The R394 LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they R395 not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? 12 "I will smite them with pestilence R396 F186 and dispossess them, and I will R397 make you into a nation greater and mightier than they."

13 But R398 Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, 14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of this people, for You, R399 O LORD, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 "Now if You slay this people as one man, then R400 the nations who have heard of Your fame will say, F187 16 `Because the LORD could R401 not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.' 17 "But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared, F188 18 `The R402 LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He R403 will by no means clear the guilty, visiting R404 the iniquity of the fathers on the children to F189 the third and the fourth generations.' 19 "Pardon, R405 I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."

The LORD Pardons and Rebukes

20 So the LORD said, "I R406 have pardoned them according to your word; 21 but indeed, as R407 I live, all R408 F190 the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. 22 "Surely all R409 the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have R410 put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, 23 shall R411 by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. 24 "But My servant Caleb, because R412 he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I R413 F191 will bring into the land which F192 he entered, and his descendants F193 shall take possession of it. 25 "Now R414 the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red F194 Sea."

26 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling R415 against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making F195 against Me. 28 "Say to them, `As R416 I live,' says the LORD, `just as you R417 have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29 your R418 corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your R419 numbered F196 men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. 30 `Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore F197 to settle you, except R420 Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 `Your R421 children, however, whom you said would become a prey--I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected. 32 `But R422 as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 `Your sons shall be shepherds for forty R423 years in the wilderness, and they will suffer F198 for your unfaithfulness, F199 until your corpses lie F200 in the wilderness. 34 `According to the number R424 of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt F201 a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. 35 `I, R425 the LORD, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.' "

36 As R426 for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, 37 even those R427 men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague R428 before the LORD. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who went to spy out the land.

Israel Repulsed

39 When Moses spoke these R429 words to all the sons of Israel, the R430 people mourned greatly. 40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge F202 of the hill country, saying, "Here R431 we are; we F203 have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised." 41 But Moses said, "Why R432 then are you transgressing the commandment F204 of the LORD, when it will not succeed? 42 "Do R433 not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the LORD is not among you. 43 "For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the LORD. And the LORD will not be with you." 44 But they went up heedlessly to the ridge F205 of the hill country; neither the R434 ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses left the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah. R435


FOOTNOTES:
F182: Lit lifted and gave their voice
F183: Lit in that
F184: Lit food
F185: Lit shadow
F186: Lit the pestilence
F187: Lit speak, saying
F188: Lit spoken, saying
F189: Lit on
F190: Lit and all
F191: Lit him I
F192: Lit where
F193: Lit seed
F194: Lit Sea of Reeds
F195: Lit complaining
F196: Lit mustered
F197: Lit raised My hand
F198: Lit bear
F199: Lit fornications
F200: Lit are finished
F201: Or iniquities
F202: Or top of the mountain
F203: Or and we will go up...for we have sinned
F204: Lit mouth
F205: Or top of the mountain

CROSS REFERENCES:
R381: Numbers 11:1
R382: Numbers 11:5; 16:13; 20:3,4; 21:5
R383: Exodus 5:21; 16:3
R384: Numbers 14:31; Deuteronomy 1:39
R385: Nehemiah 9:17
R386: Numbers 16:4
R387: Numbers 13:27; Deuteronomy 1:25
R388: Deuteronomy 10:15
R389: Exodus 3:8; Numbers 13:27
R390: Deuteronomy 1:26; 9:23,24
R391: Deuteronomy 1:21,29
R392: Exodus 17:4
R393: Exodus 16:10; Leviticus 9:23
R394: Exodus 32:9-13
R395: Psalms 106:24
R396: Leviticus 26:25; Deuteronomy 28:21
R397: Exodus 32:10
R398: Exodus 32:11-14; Psalms 106:23
R399: Exodus 13:21; Deuteronomy 5:4
R400: Exodus 32:12
R401: Joshua 7:7
R402: Exodus 20:6; 34:6,7; Deuteronomy 5:10; 7:9; Psalms 103:8; 145:8; Jonah 4:2
R403: Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 5:9; 7:10
R404: Exodus 34:7
R405: Exodus 32:32; 34:9
R406: Micah 7:18-20
R407: Numbers 14:28; Deuteronomy 32:40; Isaiah 49:18
R408: Isaiah 6:3; Habakkuk 2:14
R409: 1 Corinthians 10:5
R410: Exodus 5:21; 14:11; 15:24; 16:2; 17:2,3; 32:1; Numbers 11:1,4; 12:1; 14:2
R411: Numbers 26:65; 32:11; Hebrews 3:18
R412: Numbers 14:6-9
R413: Numbers 26:65; 32:12; Deuteronomy 1:36; Joshua 14:6-15
R414: Numbers 13:29
R415: Numbers 11:1
R416: Numbers 14:21
R417: Numbers 14:2; Deuteronomy 2:14,15; Hebrews 3:17
R418: Hebrews 3:17
R419: Numbers 1:45,46
R420: Numbers 14:24
R421: Numbers 14:3
R422: Numbers 26:64,65; 32:13; 1 Corinthians 10:5
R423: Deuteronomy 2:7; 8:2,4; 29:5
R424: Numbers 13:25
R425: Numbers 23:19
R426: Numbers 13:4-16,32
R427: 1 Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 3:17,18
R428: Numbers 16:49
R429: Numbers 14:28-35
R430: Exodus 33:4
R431: Deuteronomy 1:41-44
R432: 2 Chronicles 24:20
R433: Deuteronomy 1:42
R434: Numbers 31:6
R435: Numbers 21:3

 
 

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