Bishops' Bible

Numbers 14

The people murmur at the news.

Numbers 14:1 And all the multitude of the people cried out, and wept throughout that nyght. Numbers 14:2 And all the chyldren of Israel murmured agaynst Moyses and Aaron, and the whole congregation sayde vnto them: Woulde God that we had dyed in the lande of Egypt, either that we had dyed in this wyldernesse. Numbers 14:3 Wherfore hath the Lorde brought vs vnto this lande to fall vpon the sworde, and that our wyues and our chyldren should be a pray? Were it not better that we returne vnto Egypt agayne? Numbers 14:4 And they sayd one to another: Let vs make a captayne, and returne vnto Egypt agayne. Numbers 14:5 Then Moyses & Aaron fell on their faces before all the assemblie of the congregation of the chyldren of Israel.

Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.

Numbers 14:6 And Iosuah the sonne of Nun, and Caleb the sonne of Iephune [whiche were] of them that searched the lande, rent their clothes: Numbers 14:7 And spake vnto al the companie of the chyldren of Israel, saying: The lande whiche we walked through to searche it, is a very good lande. Numbers 14:8 If the Lord haue a loue to vs, he will bryng vs into this lande and geue it vs, whiche is such a lande as floweth with mylke and hony. Numbers 14:9 But in any wyse rebell not ye agaynst the Lorde, neither feare the people of the lande, for they are but bread for vs: Their shielde is departed from them, and the Lorde is with vs, feare them not therfore. Numbers 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones: And the glory of the Lorde appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the chyldren of Israel.

God threateneth them.

Numbers 14:11 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses: Howe long do this people prouoke me, and how long wyll it be yer they beleue me, for all the signes which I haue shewed among them? Numbers 14:12 I will smyte them with the pestilence and destroy them, and wyll make of thee a greater nation and mightier then they.

Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.

Numbers 14:13 And Moyses sayde vnto the Lorde: Then the Egyptians shall heare it, (for thou broughtest this people in thy might from among them.) Numbers 14:14 And it wylbe tolde to the inhabiters of this lande also: for they haue hearde lykewyse, that thou Lorde art among this people, and that thou Lorde art seene face to face, and that thy cloude standeth ouer them, & that thou goest before them by day tyme in a pyller of a cloude, and in a pyller of fire by nyght.

Numbers 14:15 If thou shalt kyll all this people as they were but one man: then the nations whiche haue hearde the fame of thee, wyll say: Numbers 14:16 Because the Lord is not able to bryng in this people into the lande whiche he sware vnto them, therefore he hath slaine them in the wyldernesse. Numbers 14:17 And nowe I beseche thee, let the power of my Lord be great, accordyng as thou hast spoken, saying: Numbers 14:18 The Lorde is long yer he be angrie, and of great mercy, and suffreth iniquitie and sinne, and leaueth no man innocent, and visiteth the vnrighteousnesse of the fathers vpon the chyldren, in the thirde and fourth generations. Numbers 14:19 Be mercyfull I beseche thee vnto the sinne of this people accordyng vnto thy great mercy, as thou hast forgeuen this people from Egypt, euen vntyll nowe. Numbers 14:20 And the Lorde sayde: I haue forgeuen it, according to thy request. Numbers 14:21 But as truely as I liue, all the earth shalbe filled with the glory of the Lord. Numbers 14:22 But all those men whiche haue seene my glory, and my miracles whiche I did in Egypt and in the wildernesse, and haue tempted me nowe this ten tymes, and haue not hearkened vnto my voyce: Numbers 14:23 Shall not see the lande whiche I sware vnto their fathers, neither shall any of them that prouoked me see it. Numbers 14:24 But my seruaunt Caleb, because he had another maner of spirite, (and because he hath folowed me vnto the vtmost) hym wyll I bryng into the lande which he hath walked in, and his seede shall inherite it. Numbers 14:25 And also the Amalechites and Chanaanites, remayne in the valley: To morowe turne you, and get you into the wyldernesse, euen by the way of the red sea.

The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.

Numbers 14:26 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses and Aaron, saying: Numbers 14:27 Howe long doth this euyll multitude murmure agaynst me? I haue hearde the murmuringes of the children of Israel with the whiche they murmure agaynst me. Numbers 14:28 Tell them therefore: As truely as I liue sayeth the Lorde, I wyll do vnto you euen as ye haue spoken in myne eares: Numbers 14:29 Your carkasses shall fall in the wyldernesse: And all you that were tolde throughout your numbers from twentie yeres and aboue, whiche haue murmured against me, Numbers 14:30 Shall not come into the lande ouer which I lifted vp myne hand to make you dwell therin, saue Caleb the sonne of Iephune, and Iosuah the sonne of Nun. Numbers 14:31 But your chyldren whiche ye sayde shoulde be a pray, them I wyll bryng in, and they shall knowe the lande whiche ye haue refused. Numbers 14:32 And your carkasses shall fall in this wyldernesse. Numbers 14:33 And your chyldren shall wander in the wildernesse fourtie yeres, and suffer for your whordome, vntyll your carkasses be wasted in the wyldernesse. Numbers 14:34 After the number of the dayes in whiche ye searched out the lande, euen fourtie dayes, euery day for a yere shal ye beare your vnrighteousnesse, euen fourtie yeres, and ye shall knowe my breache of promise. Numbers 14:35 I the Lorde haue sayde, that I wyll do it vnto all this euyll congregation that are gathered together against me: For in this wildernesse they shalbe consumed, and there they shall dye.

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

Numbers 14:36 And the men whiche Moyses sent to searche the lande, and whiche (when they came agayne) made all the people to murmure against hym, and brought vp a sclaunder vpon the lande: Numbers 14:37 Euen those men that dyd bryng vp that sclaunder vpon it as though it had ben euill, dyed in a great plague before the Lorde. Numbers 14:38 But Iosuah the sonne of Nun, and Caleb the sonne of Iephune, whiche were of the men that went to searche the lande, liued styll. Numbers 14:39 And Moyses tolde these sayinges vnto all the chyldren of Israel, and the people toke great sorowe.

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 toppe of the mountayne, saying: lo, we be here, and wyll go vp vnto the place of which the Lorde sayde: For we haue sinned. Numbers 14:41 And Moyses sayde: Wherfore transgresse ye thus the worde of the Lorde? it wyll not come well to passe. Numbers 14:42 Go not vp therefore, for the Lorde is not among you: that ye be not slayne before your enemies. Numbers 14:43 For the Amalechites and the Chanaanites are there before you, & ye wyll fall vpon the sworde, because ye are turned away from the Lorde, & the Lorde wyll not be with you. Numbers 14:44 But they presumed obstinatly to go vp into the hyll top: Neuerthelater, the arke of the couenaunt of the Lorde and Moyses, departed not out of the hoast. Numbers 14:45 Then the Amalechites and the Chanaanites which dwelt in that hill, came downe, and smote them, and consumed them euen anto Horma.

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