The people murmur at the news.
Numbers 14:1 And all the Congregation lifted vp their voyce and cried; and the people wept that night. Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses, and against Aaron: and the whole Congregation said vnto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt, or would God we had died in this wildernesse. Numbers 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought vs vnto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wiues, and our children should be a pray? Were it not better for vs to returne into Egypt? Numbers 14:4 And they saide one to another, Let vs make a captaine, and let vs returne into Egypt. Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the Congregation of the children of Israel.
Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.
Numbers 14:6 And Ioshua the sonne of Nun, and Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes. Numbers 14:7 And they spake vnto all the company of the children of Israel, saying. The land which wee passed thorow to search it, [is] an exceeding good land. Numbers 14:8 If the LORD delight in vs, then he will bring vs into this land, and giue it vs, a land which floweth with milke and hony. Numbers 14:9 Onely rebell not yee against the LORD, neither feare yee the people of the land, for they are bread for vs: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD [is] with vs: feare them not. Numbers 14:10 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.
God threateneth them.
Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said vnto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? And how long will it bee, yer they beleeue me, for all the signes which I haue shewed among them? Numbers 14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherite them, and will make of thee a greater nation, and mightier then they.
Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.
Numbers 14:13 And Moses said vnto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall heare it, (for thou broughtest vp this people in thy might from among them:) Numbers 14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: [for] they haue heard that thou LORD [art] among this people, that thou LORD art seene face to face, and that thy cloud standeth ouer them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
Numbers 14:15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people, as one man, then the nations which haue heard the fame of thee, will speake, saying, Numbers 14:16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the lande which he sware vnto them, therefore he hath slaine them in the wildernesse. Numbers 14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, Numbers 14:18 The LORD is long suffering, and of great mercie, forgiuing iniquitie and transgression, and by no meanes clearing [the guiltie], visiting the iniquity of the fathers vpon the chldren, vnto the third and fourth generation. Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquitie of this people, according vnto the greatnesse of thy mercie, and as thou hast forgiuen this people, from Egypt, euen vntill now. Numbers 14:20 And the LORD said, I haue pardoned, according to thy word. Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I liue, all the earth shalbe filled with the glory of the LORD. Numbers 14:22 Because all those men which haue seene my glory, and my miracles which I did in Egypt, and in the wildernesse, and haue tempted mee now these ten times, and haue not hearkened to my voice, Numbers 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware vnto their fathers, neither shall any of them that prouoked me, see it. Numbers 14:24 But my seruant Caleb, because hee had another spirit with him, (and hath followed mee fully) him will I bring into the land, whereinto he went, and his seed shall possesse it. Numbers 14:25 (Now the Amalekites, and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley) to morrow turne you and get you into the wildernesse, by the way of the Red sea.
The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.
Numbers 14:26 And the LORD spake vnto Moses, and vnto Aaron, saying, Numbers 14:27 How long [shall I beare with] this euil congregation which murmure against mee? I haue heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmure against mee. Numbers 14:28 Say vnto them, As truly as I liue, saith the LORD, as ye haue spoken in mine eares, so will I doe to you: Numbers 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wildernesse, and all that were numbred of you, according to your whole number from twentie yeeres old and vpward, which haue murmured against mee, Numbers 14:30 Doubtlesse ye shall not come into the land concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, saue Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh, and Ioshua the sonne of Nun. Numbers 14:31 But your little ones, which yee said should be a pray, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye haue despised. Numbers 14:32 But as for you, your carkases, they shall fall in this wildernesse. Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wildernes forty yeres, and beare your whoredomes, vntill your carkases be wasted in the wildernesse. Numbers 14:34 After the number of the dayes in which ye searched the land, [euen] fortie dayes (each day for a yeere) shall yee beare your iniquities, [euen] forty yeeres, and yee shall know my breach of promise. Numbers 14:35 I the LORD haue said, I will surely doe it vnto all this euill Congregation, that are gathered together against mee: in this wildernesse they shalbe consumed, & there they shall die.
The men who raised the evil report die by a plague.
Numbers 14:36 And the men which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the Congregation to murmure against him, by bringing vp a slander vpon the land, Numbers 14:37 Euen those men that did bring vp the euill report vpon the land, died by the plague, before the LORD. Numbers 14:38 But Ioshua the sonne of Nun, and Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh, [which were] of the men that went to search the land, liued [still]. Numbers 14:39 And Moses told these sayings vnto all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly.
The people that would invade the land against the will of God are smitten.
Numbers 14:40 And they rose vp early in the morning, and gate them vp into the top of the mountaine, saying, Loe, we be here, and will goe vp vnto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we haue sinned. Numbers 14:41 And Moses said, Wherefore now doe you transgresse the commaundement of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. Numbers 14:42 Goe not vp, for the LORD is not among you, that ye be not smitten before your enemies. Numbers 14:43 For the Amalekites, and the Canaanites [are] there before you, and yee shall fall by the sword, because yee are turned away from the LORD; therefore the LORD will not bee with you. Numbers 14:44 But they presumed to go vp vnto the hill top: neuertheles the Arke of the Couenant of the LORD, and Moses departed not out of the campe. Numbers 14:45 Then the Amalekites came downe, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, euen vnto Hormah.