Numbers 14
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1And all the congregation lifts up, and they give forth their voice, and the people weep during that night; 2and all the sons of Israel murmur against Moses and against Aaron, and all the congregation says to them, “O that we had died in the land of Egypt, or in this wilderness, O that we had died! 3And why is YHWH bringing us to this land to fall by the sword, [that] our wives and our infants become a prey? Is it not good for us to return to Egypt?” 4And they say to one another, “Let us appoint a head and return to Egypt.”

5And Moses falls—Aaron also—on their faces, before all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel. 6And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, of those spying out the land, have torn their garments, 7and they speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land into which we have passed over to spy it out [is] a very, very good land; 8if YHWH has delighted in us, then He has brought us into this land, and has given it to us, a land which is flowing with milk and honey; 9only, do not rebel against YHWH: and you, do not fear the people of the land, for they [are] our bread; their defense has turned aside from off them, and YHWH [is] with us; do not fear them.” 10And all the congregation says to stone them with stones, and the glory of YHWH has appeared in the Tent of Meeting to all the sons of Israel.

11And YHWH says to Moses, “Until when does this people despise Me? And until when do they not believe in Me, for all the signs which I have done in its midst? 12I strike it with pestilence, and dispossess it, and make you become a nation greater and mightier than it.”

13And Moses says to YHWH, “Then the Egyptians have heard! For with Your power You have brought up this people out of their midst, 14and they have said [it] to the inhabitant of this land, they have heard that You, YHWH, [are] in the midst of this people, that You are seen eye to eye—O YHWH, and Your cloud is standing over them—and in a pillar of cloud You are going before them by day, and in a pillar of fire by night. 15And You have put to death this people as one man, and the nations who have heard Your fame have spoken, saying, 16From YHWH’s want of ability to bring in this people to the land which He has sworn to them, He slaughters them in the wilderness. 17And now, please let the power of my Lord be great, as You have spoken, saying, 18YHWH [is] slow to anger and of great kindness, bearing away iniquity and transgression, and not entirely acquitting, charging iniquity of fathers on sons, on a third and on a fourth [generation]— 19please forgive the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your kindness, and as You have borne with this people from Egypt, even until now.”

20And YHWH says, “I have forgiven according to your word, 21but nevertheless, as I live, indeed, the whole earth is filled [with] the glory of YHWH, 22for all the men who are seeing My glory and My signs which I have done in Egypt and in the wilderness, and try Me these ten times, and have not listened to My voice— 23they do not see the land which I have sworn to their fathers, indeed, none of those despising Me see it; 24but My servant Caleb, because there has been another spirit with him, and he is fully after Me—I have brought him into the land to where he has entered, and his seed possesses it. 25And the Amalekite and the Canaanite are dwelling in the valley; tomorrow turn and journey for yourselves into the wilderness—the way of the Red Sea.”

26And YHWH speaks to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 27“Until when [do I bear] with this evil congregation—they who are murmuring against Me? The murmurings of the sons of Israel, which they are murmuring against Me, I have heard; 28say to them: As I live—a declaration of YHWH—if, as you have spoken in My ears, do I not do so to you? 29Your carcasses fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered ones, to all your number, from a son of twenty years and upward, who have murmured against Me; 30you do not come into the land [for] which I have lifted up My hand to cause you to dwell in it, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31As for your infants—of whom you have said, They become a spoil—I have even brought them in, and they have known the land which you have kicked against; 32as for you—your carcasses fall in this wilderness, 33and your sons are shepherding in the wilderness [for] forty years, and have borne your whoredoms until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness; 34by the number of the days [in] which you spied out the land, forty days—a day for a year, a day for a year—you bear your iniquities [for] forty years, and you have known My opposition; 35I, YHWH, have spoken; if, nonetheless, I do this to all this evil congregation who are meeting against Me—they are consumed in this wilderness, and there they die.”

36Then the men whom Moses has sent to spy out the land, [who] then return and cause all the congregation to murmur against him by bringing out an evil account concerning the land, 37even the men bringing out an evil account of the land, they die by the plague before YHWH; 38and Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh have lived, of those men who go to spy out the land.

39And Moses speaks these words to all the sons of Israel, and the people mourn exceedingly,

40and they rise early in the morning, and go up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we [are], and we have come up to the place which YHWH has spoken of, for we have sinned.” 41And Moses says, “Why [is] this [that] you are transgressing the command of YHWH? For it does not prosper; 42do not go up, for YHWH is not in your midst, and you are not struck before your enemies; 43for the Amalekite and the Canaanite [are] there before you, and you have fallen by the sword, because that you have turned back from after YHWH, and YHWH is not with you.” 44And they presume to go up to the top of the mountain, but the Ark of the Covenant of YHWH, and Moses, have not departed out of the midst of the camp. 45And the Amalekite and the Canaanite who are dwelling in that mountain come down and strike them, and beat them down to Hormah.

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