The people murmur at the news.
Numbers 14:1 Then all ye Congregation lifted vp their voice, & cryed: and the people wept that night, Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron: and the whole assemblie said vnto them, Would God we had died in the land of Egypt, or in this wildernesse: would God we were dead. Numbers 14:3 Wherefore nowe hath the Lorde brought vs into this lande to fall vpon the sworde? Our wiues, and our children shall be a pray: were it not better for vs to returne into Egypt? Numbers 14:4 And they said one to another, Let vs make a Captaine and returne into Egypt. Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assemblie 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 two of them that searched the lande, rent their clothes, Numbers 14:7 And spake vnto all the assemblie of the childre of Israel, saying, The land which we walked through to search it, is a very good lande. Numbers 14:8 If the Lorde loue vs, he will bring vs into this land, and giue it vs, which is a land that floweth with milke and honie. Numbers 14:9 But rebell not ye against the Lord, neither feare ye the people of the land: for they are but bread for vs: their shielde is departed from the, and the Lorde is with vs, feare them not. Numbers 14:10 And all the multitude saide, Stone them with stones: but 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 prouoke me, and howe long will it be, yer they beleeue me, for al the signes which I haue shewed among them? Numbers 14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence and destroy them, and will make thee a greater nation and mightier then they.
Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.
Numbers 14:13 But Moses saide vnto the Lorde, When the Egyptians shall heare it, (for thou broughtest this people by thy power from among them) Numbers 14:14 Then they shall say to the inhabitants of this land, (for they haue heard that thou, Lorde, art among this people, and that thou, Lorde, art seene face to face, and that thy cloude standeth ouer them, and that thou goest before them by day time in a pillar of a cloude, and in a pillar of fire by night)
Numbers 14:15 That thou wilt kill this people as one man: so the heathen which haue heard the fame of thee, shall thus say, Numbers 14:16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the lande, which he sware vnto them, therefore hath he slaine them in the wildernesse. Numbers 14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lorde be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, Numbers 14:18 The Lord is slowe to anger, and of great mercie, and forgiuing iniquitie, and sinne, but not making the wicked innocent, and visiting the wickednes of the fathers vpon the children, in the thirde and fourth generation: Numbers 14:19 Be mercifull, I beseech thee, vnto the iniquitie of this people, according to thy great mercie, and as thou hast forgiuen this people from Egypt, euen vntill nowe. Numbers 14:20 And the Lord said, I haue forgiuen it, according to thy request. Numbers 14:21 Notwithstanding, as I liue, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Numbers 14:22 For all those men which haue seene my glory, and my miracles which I did in Egypt, and in the wildernes, and haue tempted me this ten times, and haue not obeyed my voyce, Numbers 14:23 Certainely they shall not see the lande, whereof I sware vnto their fathers: neither shall any that prouoke me, see it. Numbers 14:24 But my seruant Caleb, because he had another spirite, and hath followed me stil, euen him will I bring into the lande, whither he went, and his seede shall inherite it. Numbers 14:25 Nowe the Amalekites and the Canaanites remaine in the valley: wherefore turne backe to morowe, 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 After, the Lorde spake vnto Moses and to Aaron, saying, Numbers 14:27 How long shall I suffer this wicked multitude to murmure against me? I haue heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmure against me. Numbers 14:28 Tell them, As I liue (saith the Lorde) I wil surely do vnto you, euen as ye haue spoken in mine eares. Numbers 14:29 Your carkeises shall fall in this wildernes, and all you that were counted through all your nombers, from twentie yeere olde and aboue, which haue murmured against me, Numbers 14:30 Ye shall not doubtles come into the land, for the which I lifted vp mine hande, to make you dwell therein, saue Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh, and Ioshua the sonne of Nun. Numbers 14:31 But your children, (which ye said shoulde be a pray) them will I bring in, and they shall knowe the lande which ye haue refused: Numbers 14:32 But euen your carkeises shall fall in this wildernes, Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wildernesse, fourtie yeeres, and shall beare your whoredomes, vntill your carkeises be wasted in the wildernesse. Numbers 14:34 After the nuber of the dayes, in the which ye searched out the lande, euen fourtie dayes, euery day for a yeere, shall ye beare your iniquity, for fourtie yeeres, & ye shall feele my breach of promise. Numbers 14:35 I the Lord haue said, Certainely I will doe so to all this wicked company, that are gathered together against me: for in this wildernesse they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
The men who raised the evil report die by a plague.
Numbers 14:36 And the men which Moses had sent to search the land (which, when they came againe, made all the people to murmure against him, and brought vp a slander vpon the lande) Numbers 14:37 Euen those men that did bring vp that vile slander vpon the land, shall die by a plague before the Lorde. Numbers 14:38 But Ioshua the sonne of Nun, and Caleb the sonne of Iephunneh, of those men that went to search the land, shall liue. Numbers 14:39 Then Moses tolde these sayings vnto all the children of Israel, and the people sorowed greatly.
The people that would invade the land against the will of God are smitten.
Numbers 14:40 And they rose vp earely in the morning, and gate them vp into the toppe of the mountaine, saying, Loe, we be readie, to goe vp to the place which the Lorde hath promised: for wee haue sinned. Numbers 14:41 But Moses said, Wherefore transgresse yee thus the commandement of the Lorde? it will not so come well to passe. Numbers 14:42 Goe not vp (for the Lorde is not among you) lest ye be ouerthrowe before your enemies. Numbers 14:43 For the Amalekites & the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sworde: for in as much as ye are turned away from the Lord, the Lord also will not be with you. Numbers 14:44 Yet they presumed obstinately to goe vp to the top of the mountaine: but the Arke of the couenant of the Lorde, and Moses departed not out of the campe. Numbers 14:45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites, which dwelt in that mountaine, came downe & smote them, & consumed them vnto Hormah.