The people murmur at the news.
Numbers 14:1 And all the multitude of þe people cryed out, and wepte thorowout that nyght, Numbers 14:2 and all the chyldren of Israel murmured agaynst Moses and Aaron. And the whole congregacyon sayde vnto them: wolde God that we hadd dyed in the lande of Egypte, eyther that we had dyed in thys wildernes. Numbers 14:3 Wherfore hath the Lorde brought vs vnto thys lande to fall vpon the swearde: and that our wyues, and oure children shulde be a praye? Were it not better, that we retourne vnto Egypte agayne? Numbers 14:4 And they sayde one to another: We wyll make a captayne, and retourne vnto Egipt agayne. Numbers 14:5 But Moses and Aaron fell on theyr faces before all the congregacyon and multytude of the chyldren of Israel.
Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.
Numbers 14:6 And Iosua the sonne of Nun, and Caleb the sonne of Iephune (which were of them that searched the lande) rent theyr clothes, Numbers 14:7 and spake vnto all the companye of the chyldren of Israel, sayinge: The lande which we walked thorowe to searche it, is a very good lande. Numbers 14:8 If the Lorde hath lust to vs, he wyll brynge vs into this lande and geue it vs, which is such a lande as floweth with mylke and honye, Numbers 14:9 But in any wyse rebell not ye agaynst the Lorde. Neyther nede ye to feare the people of the lande: for they are but bread for vs. Theyr shadowe is departed from them, and the Lorde is with vs, feare them not therfore. Numbers 14:10 But all they which were in that multytude, bade stone them with stones. And the glorye of the Lorde appeared in the tabernacle of wytnesse, before all the chyldren of Israel.
God threateneth them.
Numbers 14:11 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: How longe do this people prouoke me, and howe longe will it be yer they beleue me: for all þe signes which I haue shewed among them? Numbers 14:12 I wyll smyte them with the pestilence and destroie them: and wyll make of the a greater nacion and a myghtier then they.
Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.
Numbers 14:13 And Moses sayde vnto the Lorde: then the Egipcyans shall heare it, for þu broughtest thys people in thy myght from amonge them. Numbers 14:14 And it wylbe tolde to the inhabyters of this lande also: for they haue hearde lykewyse, that thou Lorde art amonge this people: and that thou Lorde art sene face to face, and that thy cloude standeth ouer them, and that thou goest before them by daye tyme in a pyller of a cloude, and in a pyller of fyer by nyght.
Numbers 14:15 If thou shalt kyll all thys people as they were but one man, then the nacyons which haue hearde the fame of the, wyll saye: Numbers 14:16 The Lorde is not able to brynge in this people into the lande which he sware vnto them: but hath slayne them in the wildernesse. Numbers 14:17 And nowe I besech the, let the power of my Lorde be greate, accordyng as thou hast spoken, saying: Numbers 14:18 the Lorde is longe yer he be angrye, and full of mercy, and suffereth iniquitie, and synne, and leaueth no man innocent, and visiteth the vnryghteousnesse of the fathers vpon the chyldren, in the third and fourth generacyon: Numbers 14:19 be mercyfull I beseche the vnto the synne of thys people, accordynge vnto thy greate mercye, as thou hast forgeuen this people from Egipt, euen vntyll nowe. Numbers 14:20 And the Lorde sayde: I haue forgeuen it, according to thy request. Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I lyue, all the erth shalbe fylled wt the glorye of the Lorde. Numbers 14:22 But all those men which haue sene my glory and my miracles which I dyd in Egipt and in the wildernes and haue tempted me nowe thys .x. tymes, and will not herken vnto my voyce, Numbers 14:23 shall not se the lande which I sware vnto their fathers: nether shall any of them that prouoked me se it. Numbers 14:24 But my seruaunt Caleb: with whom there was another maner of sprete: and because he hath folowed me vnto þe vtmost, hym will I brynge into the lande whiche he hath walked in, and his seed shall inheret it, Numbers 14:25 and also þe Amalekites & Cananites whiche dwell in the playne contreye. Tomorowe turne you, and get you into the wildernesse: euen by the waye of the redd see.
The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.
Numbers 14:26 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses & Aaron, saying: Numbers 14:27 howe longe doth this euell multitude murmur agaynst me? Numbers 14:28 I haue heard þe murmuringes of the chyldren of Israel with the which they murmur agaynst me. Tell them therfore: As truly as I lyue (sayth the Lorde) I will do vnto you, euen as ye haue spoken in myne eares. Numbers 14:29 Youre carkasses shall lye in this wildernes. And all you that were tolde thorowout your nombres, from .xx. yeare and aboue (which haue murmured against me) Numbers 14:30 shalt not come into the land, ouer which I lyfted vp myne hande, to make you dwell therin, saue Caleb the sonne of Iephune, and Iosua the sonne of Nun. Numbers 14:31 But your children which ye saye shulde be a praye, them I will bring in, & they shall knowe the land which ye haue refused, Numbers 14:32 and your carkasses shall lye in this wyldernesse. Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in this wildernes .xl. yeres, & suffer for your whordom, vntyll your carkasses be wasted in the wildernes, Numbers 14:34 after the nombre of the dayes in which ye searched out the lande euen fourty daies, euery daye for a yeare shall ye beare your vnrighteousnes euen .xl. yeare, and ye shall knowe my displeasure. Numbers 14:35 I the Lorde haue sayde that I wyll do it vnto all thys euell congregacion that are gathered together agaynst me. For in this wildernes they shalbe consumed, and here they shall dye.
The men who raised the evil report die by a plague.
Numbers 14:36 And the men which Moses sent to search the lande, & which (when they came agayne) made all the people to murmure before hym, and brought vp a sclaunder vpon the lande, Numbers 14:37 euen those men that did bring vp that sclaunder vpon it, as though it had bene euell dyed in a greate plage before þe Lord. Numbers 14:38 But Iosua the sonne of Nun & Calleb the sonne of Iephune which were of the men þt wente to search the lande, lyued styll. Numbers 14:39 And Moses 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 morninge, and gat them vp into the toppe of the mountayne, sayinge: lo, we be here, and wyll go vp vnto the place of which the Lorde sayde vnto vs, for we haue synned. Numbers 14:41 And Moses sayde: wherfore wyll ye go on thys maner, beyonde the worde of the Lorde? it will not come well to passe: Numbers 14:42 go not vp therfore: (for the Lorde is not amonge you) that ye be not slayne before your enemyes. Numbers 14:43 For the Amaleckytes and the Cananites are there before you, and ye will fall vpon the sweard, because ye are turned awaye from the Lord, and and the Lorde will not be with you. Numbers 14:44 But they presumed obstinatly to go vp into the hyll top. Neuerthelater, the arck of the testament of the Lorde, and Moses departed not out of the hoost. Numbers 14:45 Then the Amaleckites and the Cananites which dwelt in that hyll, came downe, and smote them, and hewed them euen vnto Horma.