Bishops' Bible

Numbers 20

The children of Israel come to Zin, where Miriam dieth.

Numbers 20:1 And the children of Israel came with the whole multitude into the desert of Zin in the first moneth, and the people abode at Cades: And there died Miriam, and was buryed there.

They murmur for want of water.

Numbers 20:2 But there was no water for the multitude: and they gathered them selues together agaynst Moyses and Aaron. Numbers 20:3 And the people chode with Moyses, and spake, saying: Woulde God that we had perished when our brethren dyed before the Lorde. Numbers 20:4 Why haue ye brought the congregation of the Lorde into this wildernesse, that both we and our cattell shoulde dye in it? Numbers 20:5 Wherfore haue ye made vs to come vp out of Egypt, to bryng vs into this euyll place, which is no place of seede, nor of fygges, nor vines, nor pomgranates, neither is there any water to drynke? Numbers 20:6 And Moyses and Aaron went from the presence of the congregation, vnto the doore of the tabernacle of the congregation, and fel vpon their faces, and the glorie of the Lorde appeared vnto them.

Moses, smiting the rock, bringeth forth water at Meribah.

Numbers 20:7 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 20:8 Take the rodde, and gather thou and thy brother Aaron the congregation together, and speake vnto the rocke before their eyes, and it shall geue foorth his water: And thou shalt bryng them water out of the rocke, to geue the companie drynke, and their beastes also. Numbers 20:9 And Moyses toke the rodde from before the Lord, as he commaunded hym. Numbers 20:10 And Moyses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rocke, and [Moyses] sayde vnto them: Heare ye rebelles, must we fetch you water out of this rocke? Numbers 20:11 And Moyses lyft vp his hande, and with his rodde he smote the rocke two tymes, and the water came out aboundauntly, and the multitude dranke, and their beastes also.

Numbers 20:12 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses and Aaron: Because ye beleued me not, to sanctifie me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therfore ye shall not bryng this congregation into the lande which I haue geuen them. Numbers 20:13 This is the water of strife, because the children of Israel stroue with ye Lorde, and he was sanctified in them.

Moses at Kadesh desireth passage through Edom, which is denied him.

Numbers 20:14 And Moyses sent messengers from Cades vnto the kyng of Edom, thus sayeth thy brother Israel: Thou knowest all the trauayle that we haue had. Numbers 20:15 Our fathers went downe into Egypt, & we haue dwelt in Egypt a long tyme: and the Egyptians vexed vs and our fathers. Numbers 20:16 And when we cryed vnto the Lorde, he hearde our voyce, and sent an angell, and hath set vs vp out of Egypt: And beholde, we are in Cades, euen in the vttermost citie of thy border. Numbers 20:17 Let vs passe I pray thee through thy countrey: but we wyll not go through the fieldes or vineyardes, neither wyll we drynke of the water of the fountaynes: we wyll go by the kynges hye way, and neither turne vnto the ryght hande nor to the left, vntyll we be past thy borders. Numbers 20:18 And Edom aunswered hym: Thou shalt not go by me, lest I come out agaynst thee with the sworde. Numbers 20:19 The children of Israel sayd vnto him, we wyll go by the beaten way: and if I and my cattell drynke of thy water, I wyll pay for it: I wyll but only (without any harme) go through on my feete. Numbers 20:20 He aunswered: Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out agaynst hym with much people, and with a mightie power. Numbers 20:21 And thus Edom denied to geue Israel passage through his countrey: wherfore Israel turned away from hym.

At mount Hor Aaron resigneth his place to Eleazar, and dieth.

Numbers 20:22 And the children of Israel departed from Cades, and came vnto mount Hor, with all the congregation. Numbers 20:23 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses and Aaron in mount Hor, harde by the coast of the lande of Edom, saying. Numbers 20:24 Aaron shalbe gathered vnto his people: for he shall not come into the lande which I haue geuen vnto the children of Israel, because ye disobeyed my mouth at the water of strife. Numbers 20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his sonne, and bryng them vp into mount Hor. Numbers 20:26 And cause Aaron to put of his garmentes, and put them vpon Eleazar his sonne: and Aaron shalbe gathered vnto his people, and shall dye there. Numbers 20:27 And Moyses dyd as the Lorde commaunded: and they went vp into mount Hor, in the sight of all the multitude. Numbers 20:28 And Moyses toke of Aarons clothes, and put them vpon Eleazar his sonne, and Aaron dyed there in the toppe of the mount: And Moyses and Eleazar came downe out of the mount. Numbers 20:29 When all ye multitude sawe that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaro thirtie dayes, all the housholde of Israel.

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