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The People Rebel

1 Then all the congregation Ilifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept IIthat night. 2 All the sons of Israel agrumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “bWould 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, ato fall by the sword? bOur 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, “aLet us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”

[1] ILit lifted and gave their voice IILit in that
[2] aNu 11:1 bNu 11:5; 16:13; 20:3, 4; 21:5
[3] aEx 5:21; 16:3 bNu 14:31; Dt 1:39
[4] aNe 9:17

5aThen 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, “aThe land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 aIf the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—ba land which flows with milk and honey. 9 Only ado not rebel against the LORD; and do not bfear the people of the land, for they will be our Iprey. Their IIprotection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.” 10 aBut all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then bthe glory of the LORD appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

[5] aNu 16:4
[7] aNu 13:27; Dt 1:25
[8] aDt 10:15 bEx 3:8; Nu 13:27
[9] ILit food IILit shadow aDt 1:26; 9:23, 24 bDt 1:21, 29
[10] aEx 17:4 bEx 16:10; Lv 9:23

Moses Pleads for the People

11aThe LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will bthey not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? 12 I will smite them with Iapestilence and dispossess them, and I bwill make you into a nation greater and mightier than they.”

[11] aEx 32:9-13 bPs 106:24
[12] ILit the pestilence aLv 26:25; Dt 28:21 bEx 32:10

13aBut 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 aYou, 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, athen the nations who have heard of Your fame will Isay, 16 ‘Because the LORD acould 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 Ideclared, 18aThe LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but bHe will by no means clear [the guilty], cvisiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children Ito the third and the fourth [generations].’ 19 aPardon, 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.”

[13] aEx 32:11-14; Ps 106:23
[14] aEx 13:21; Dt 5:4
[15] ILit speak, saying aEx 32:12
[16] aJsh 7:7
[17] ILit spoken, saying
[18] ILit on aEx 20:6; 34:6, 7; Dt 5:10; 7:9; Ps 103:8; 145:8; Jna 4:2 bEx 20:5; Dt 5:9; 7:10 cEx 34:7
[19] aEx 32:32; 34:9

The LORD Pardons and Rebukes

20 ¶ So the LORD said, “aI have pardoned [them] according to your word; 21 but indeed, aas I live, Iball the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. 22 Surely aall the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet bhave put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, 23 ashall 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, abecause he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, IbI will bring into the land IIwhich he entered, and his IIIdescendants shall take possession of it. 25 aNow the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the IRed Sea.”

[20] aMi 7:18-20
[21] ILit and all aNu 14:28; Dt 32:40; Is 49:18 bIs 6:3; Hab 2:14
[22] a1Co 10:5 bEx 5:21; 14:11; 15:24; 16:2; 17:2, 3; 32:1; Nu 11:1, 4; 12:1; 14:2
[23] aNu 26:65; 32:11; He 3:18
[24] ILit him I IILit where IIILit seed aNu 14:6-9 bNu 26:65; 32:12; Dt 1:36; Jsh 14:6-15
[25] ILit Sea of Reeds aNu 13:29

26 ¶ The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 “How long [shall I bear] with this evil congregation who are agrumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are Imaking against Me. 28 Say to them, ‘aAs I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as byou have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29 ayour corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all byour Inumbered 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 Iswore to settle you, aexcept Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 aYour 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 aBut as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your sons shall be shepherds for aforty years in the wilderness, and they will Isuffer [for] your IIunfaithfulness, until your corpses IIIlie in the wilderness. 34 According to the anumber of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your Iguilt a year, [even] forty years, and you will know My opposition. 35 aI, 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.’”

[27] ILit complaining aNu 11:1
[28] aNu 14:21 bNu 14:2; Dt 2:14, 15; He 3:17
[29] ILit mustered aHe 3:17 bNu 1:45, 46
[30] ILit raised My hand aNu 14:24
[31] aNu 14:3
[32] aNu 26:64, 65; 32:13; 1Co 10:5
[33] ILit bear IILit fornications IIILit are finished aDt 2:7; 8:2, 4; 29:5
[34] IOr iniquities aNu 13:25
[35] aNu 23:19

36aAs 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 athose men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a bplague 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.

[36] aNu 13:4-16, 32
[37] a1Co 10:10; He 3:17, 18 bNu 16:49

Israel Repulsed

39 ¶ When Moses spoke athese words to all the sons of Israel, bthe people mourned greatly. 40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the Iridge of the hill country, saying, “aHere we are; IIwe have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised.” 41 But Moses said, “aWhy then are you transgressing the Icommandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed? 42 aDo 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 Iridge of the hill country; neither athe 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 aHormah.

[39] aNu 14:28-35 bEx 33:4
[40] IOr top of the mountain IIOr and we will go up...for we have sinned aDt 1:41-44
[41] ILit mouth a2Ch 24:20
[42] aDt 1:42
[44] IOr top of the mountain aNu 31:6
[45] aNu 21:3


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The people murmur at the news.

1 ¶ And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

[1] Nu 11:1; Dt 1:45.
[2] Ex 15:24; 16:2; 17:3; Nu 11:15; 14:28; 16:41; Dt 1:27; 1K 19:4; Jb 3:11; 7:15; Ps 106:24, 45; Jna 4:3, 8; 1Co 10:10; Php 2:14; Jde 1:16.
[3] Nu 14:31; Ps 78:40; Jr 9:3.
[4] Dt 17:16; 28:68; Ne 9:16; Lk 17:32; Ac 7:39; He 10:38; 11:15; 2P 2:21.
[5] Gn 17:3; Lv 9:24; Nu 16:4, 22, 45; Jsh 5:14; 7:10; 1K 18:39; 1Ch 21:16; Ezk 9:8; Dn 10:9; Mt 26:39; Rv 4:10; 5:14; 7:11.

Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.

6 ¶ And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, [which were] of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, [is] an exceeding good land. 8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they [are] bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD [is] with us: fear them not. 10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

[6] Gn 37:29, 34; 44:13; Nu 13:6, 8, 30; 14:24, 30, 38; Jsh 7:6; Jg 11:35; 2S 3:31; 2K 18:37; Jb 1:20; Jol 2:12; Mt 26:65.
[7] Nu 13:27; Dt 1:25; 6:10; 8:7.
[8] Nu 13:27; Dt 10:15; 2S 15:25; 22:20; 1K 10:9; Ps 22:8; 147:10; Is 62:4; Jr 32:41; Zp 3:17; Ro 8:31.
[9] Gn 48:21; Ex 33:16; Nu 24:8; Dt 7:18, 21; 9:7, 23; 20:1, 3; 31:6, 8; 32:42; Jsh 1:5; Jg 1:22; 2Ch 13:12; 15:2; 20:17; 32:8; Ps 14:4; 46:1, 7, 11; 74:14; 91:1; 121:5; Is 1:2; 8:9; 30:2; 32:2; 41:10, 14; 63:10; Jr 48:45; Dn 9:5, 9; Mt 1:23; Ro 8:31; Php 1:27.
[10] Ex 16:7, 10; 17:4; 24:16; 40:34; Lv 9:23; Nu 16:19, 42; 20:6; 1S 30:6; Mt 23:37; Ac 7:52, 59.

God threateneth them.

11 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? 12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

[11] Ex 10:3; 16:28; Nu 14:23, 27; Dt 1:32; 9:7, 22; Ps 78:22, 32, 41; 95:8; 106:24; Pv 1:22; Jr 4:14; Ho 8:5; Zc 8:14; Mt 17:17; Mk 9:19; Jn 10:38; 12:37; 15:24; He 3:8, 16, 18.
[12] Ex 5:3; 32:10; Nu 16:46; 25:9; 2S 24:1, 12.

Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.

13 ¶ And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear [it], (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) 14 And they will tell [it] to the inhabitants of this land: [for] they have heard that thou LORD [art] among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and [that] thy cloud standeth over them, and [that] thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

[13] Ex 32:12; Nu 14:19; Dt 9:26; 32:27; Jsh 7:8; Ps 106:23; Ezk 20:9, 14.
[14] Gn 32:30; Ex 13:21; 15:14; 33:11; 40:38; Nu 9:15; 10:34; 12:8; Dt 5:4; 34:10; Jsh 2:9; 5:1; Ne 9:12, 19; Ps 78:14; 105:39; Jn 1:18; 14:9; 1Co 13:12; 1Jn 3:2.

15 ¶ Now [if] thou shalt kill [all] this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, 16 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. 17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, 18 The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation]. 19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. 20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 21 But [as] truly [as] I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. 22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. 25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

[15] Jg 6:16.
[16] Dt 9:28; 32:26; Jsh 7:9.
[17] Mi 3:8; Mt 9:6, 8.
[18] Ex 20:5; 34:6, 7; Ps 103:8; 145:8; Jr 23:2; Jna 4:2; Mi 7:18; Na 1:2; Ro 3:24; 5:21; Ep 1:7.
[19] Ex 32:10, 32; 33:17; 34:9; 1K 8:34; Ps 51:1; 78:38; 106:7, 45; Is 55:7; Ezk 20:8; Dn 9:19; Jna 3:10; 4:2; Mi 7:18; Tit 3:4; Jm 5:15; 1Jn 5:14.
[21] Dt 32:40; Ps 72:19; Is 49:18; Jr 22:24; Ezk 5:11; 18:3; 33:11, 27; Hab 2:14; Zp 2:9; Mt 6:10.
[22] Gn 31:7, 41; Ex 17:2; Nu 14:11; Dt 1:31; Jb 19:3; Ps 95:9; 106:14, 26; Mal 3:15; Mt 4:7; 1Co 10:9; He 3:9, 17.
[23] Nu 26:64; 32:11; Dt 1:35; Ne 9:23; Ps 95:11; 106:26; Ezk 20:15; He 3:17; 4:3.
[24] Nu 13:30; 14:6; 26:65; 32:11; Dt 1:36; 6:5; Jsh 14:6, 8; 1Ch 29:9, 18; 2Ch 25:2; Ps 119:80, 145; Pv 23:26; Ac 11:23; Ep 6:6; Col 3:23.
[25] Nu 13:29; 14:4; Dt 1:40; Ps 81:11; Pv 1:31.

The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.

26 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 27 How long [shall I bear with] this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. 28 Say unto them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, 30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, [concerning] which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 32 But [as for] you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. 35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

[27] Ex 16:12, 28; Nu 14:11; Mt 17:7; Mk 9:19; 1Co 10:10.
[28] Nu 14:2, 21, 23; 26:64; 32:11; Dt 1:35; Ps 90:8; He 3:17.
[29] Nu 1:45; 14:32; 26:64; 1Co 10:5; He 3:17; Jde 1:5.
[30] Gn 14:22; Nu 14:38; 26:65; 32:12; Dt 1:36.
[31] Gn 25:34; Nu 14:3; 26:6, 64; Dt 1:39; Ps 106:24; Pv 1:25, 30; Mt 22:5; Ac 13:41; He 12:16.
[32] Nu 14:29; 1Co 10:5; He 3:17.
[33] Nu 5:31; 32:13; 33:38; Dt 1:3; 2:14; Jsh 14:10; Ps 107:4, 40; Jr 3:1; Ezk 23:35, 45; Ho 9:1.
[34] Lv 20:19; Nu 13:25; 18:23; Dt 31:16; 1S 2:30; 1K 8:56; 2Ch 36:21; Ps 38:4; 77:8; 95:10; 105:42; Jr 18:9; Lm 3:31; Ezk 4:6; 14:10; Dn 9:24; Zc 11:10; He 4:1; Rv 11:3.
[35] Nu 14:27; 23:19; 26:65; 1Co 10:5, 11; He 3:19.

The men who raised the evil report die by a plague.

36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, 37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, [which were] of the men that went to search the land, lived [still]. 39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.

[36] Nu 13:31.
[37] Nu 14:12; 16:49; 25:9; Jr 28:16; 29:32; 1Co 10:10; He 3:17; Jde 1:5.
[38] Nu 26:65; Jsh 14:6.
[39] Ex 33:4; Pv 19:3; Is 26:16; Mt 8:12; He 12:17.

The people that would invade the land against the will of God are smitten.

40 ¶ And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we [be here], and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned. 41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. 42 Go not up, for the LORD [is] not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. 43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites [are] there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. 44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, [even] unto Hormah.

[40] Dt 1:41; Ec 9:3; Mt 7:21; 26:11; Lk 13:25.
[41] Nu 14:25; 2Ch 24:20; Jb 4:9; Jr 2:37; 32:5.
[42] Dt 1:42; Jsh 7:8, 12; Ps 44:1, 2.
[43] Lv 26:17; Nu 13:29; 14:25; Dt 28:25; Jg 16:20; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 15:2; Is 63:10; Ho 9:12.
[44] Nu 10:33; 15:30; Dt 1:43; 1S 4:3.
[45] Ex 17:16; Nu 14:43; 21:3; Dt 1:44; 32:30; Jsh 7:5, 11; Jg 1:17.


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