The people murmur at the news.
Numbers 14:1 And al the multitude cryed out, and the people wepte thorowe out that nyght, Numbers 14:2 and all the chyldren of Israell murmured agaynst Moses and Aaron. And the whole congregacion sayde vnto them: wolde God that we had dyed in the land of Egypt, eyther we wold that we had dyed in thys wyldernesse. Numbers 14:3 Wherfore hath the Lorde brought vs vnto thys lande to fall vpon the swerde, that both oure wyues, and also our chyldren shoulde be a praye? is it not better þt we retourne vnto Egypt agayne? Numbers 14:4 And they sayd one to an other: let vs make a captayne and retourne vnto Egypt agayn. Numbers 14:5 And Moses and Aaron fel on theyr faces before al the congregacion of the multitude of the children of Israel.
Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.
Numbers 14:6 And Iosua the sonne of Nun, & caleb þe sonne of Iephune whych were of them that serched the land rent their clothes Numbers 14:7 and spake vnto all the companye of the chyldren of Israell sayinge: The lande which we walked thorowe to serche it, is a very good land. Numbers 14:8 If the Lorde haue lust to vs he wyl brynge vs in to thys land and geue it vs, whyche is a lande that floweth wyth mylke and hony. Numbers 14:9 But in any wyse rebell not agaynst the Lorde, Moreouer feare ye not the people of the land, for they are but bread for vs. Theyr shyeld is departed from them, and the Lorde is wyth vs: feare them not therfore. Numbers 14:10 And all the whole multitude bade stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of witnesse, vnto all the chyldren of Israel.
God threateneth them.
Numbers 14:11 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: Howe longe shall thys people rayle vpon me, & how long wyll it be yer they beleue me, for all my sygnes whiche I haue shewed amonge them? Numbers 14:12 I wyll smyte them wyth the pestilence and destroy them, & wyll make of the a greater nacion & a myghtier then they.
Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.
Numbers 14:13 And Moses sayd vnto the Lorde: then the Egyptians shall heare it, for thou broughtest thys people wyth thy myghte from among them. Numbers 14:14 And it wylbe told to the inhabiters of thys land also, for they haue heard likewyse, that thou the Lord arte among thys people, & that thou art sene face to face, and that thy cloude standeth ouer them & that thou goest before them by day tyme in a pyller of a cloud and in a pyller of fire by night.
Numbers 14:15 If thou shalt kyl al thys people as they were but one man then the nacions which haue herde the fame of the, wyl speake saying: Numbers 14:16 because the Lorde was not able to brynge in thys people in to the land which he sware vnto them, therfore he slewe them in the wyldernesse. Numbers 14:17 So nowe let the power of my Lorde be greate, acordyng as thou hast spoken saying: Numbers 14:18 the Lord is longe year he be angrye, and ful of mercy, and suffereth synne and trespace, and leaueth no man innocent, and vysyteth the vnrighteousnesse of the fathers vpon the chyldren, euen vpon the thyrd and fourth generacion, Numbers 14:19 be mercyfull I beseche the therfore vnto the synne of thys people according vnto thy greate mercy, and accordyng as thou hast forgeuen thys people from Egypt euen vnto thys place. Numbers 14:20 And the Lorde sayde: I haue forgeuen it, accordyng to thy request. Numbers 14:21 But as trulye as I lyue, al the erth shalbe fylled wt my glorye. Numbers 14:22 For of al those men which haue sene my glorye & my miracles which I did in Egypte & in the wyldernesse, & yet haue tempted me now this .x. tymes & haue not herkened vnto my voyce, Numbers 14:23 there shall not one se the lande which I sware vnto their fathers nether shal any of them that rayled vpon me, se it. Numbers 14:24 But my seruaunt Caleb: because there is another maner spirite with him, and because he hath folowed me vnto the vtmost: him I wil bryng into the lande whyche he hath walked in, & hys seed shall conquere it, Numbers 14:25 and also the Amaleckites and Cananites whych dwell in the lowe contryes. To morowe turne you & get you into the wyldernesse: euen the waye toward the redd sea.
The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.
Numbers 14:26 And the Lord spake vnto Moses and Aaron sayinge: Numbers 14:27 how longe shal thys euyll multitude murmure agaynst me? Numbers 14:28 I haue hearde the murmurynges of the chyldren of Israell whych they murmure against me. Tel them that the Lorde sayeth. As truely as I lyue, I wyl do vnto you euen as ye haue spoken in myne eares. Numbers 14:29 Your carkesses shal lye in thys wyldernesse, nether shal any of these nombres whych were nombred from .xx. yere & aboue of you which haue murmured agaynste me Numbers 14:30 come into þe land ouer which I lyfted mine hande to make you dwel therin, saue Caleb the sonne of Iephune, and Iosua the sonne of Nun. Numbers 14:31 And your children which ye said should be a praye, them I wyl bryng in, and they shall knowe the lande which ye haue refused, Numbers 14:32 and youre carkesses shall lye in this wyldernesse Numbers 14:33 And your chyldren shall wandre in this wildernesse .xl. yeres and suffer for your whoredome vntil your carkesses be wasted in þe wildernesse, Numbers 14:34 after the nombre of the daies in which ye serched out þe land .xl. daies, & euery daye a yere: so þt they shall beare your vnryghteousnes .xl. yere, & ye shal fele my vengeaunce Numbers 14:35 I the Lorde haue sayed that I wyll do it vnto all thys euyll congregacyon that are gethered together agaynst me: euen in thys wyldernesse ye shalbe consumed, and here ye shal dye.
The men who raised the evil report die by a plague.
Numbers 14:36 And the men which Moses sent to serche the lande, & which (when they came agayn) made al the people to murmure against it in that they broughte vp a sclaunder vpon the lande: Numbers 14:37 dyed for theyr bryngyng vp that euyll sclaunder vpon it, & were plaged before the Lorde. Numbers 14:38 But Iosua the sonne of Nun and Caleb the sonne of Iephune which were of the men that went to serche the lande, lyued styll. Numbers 14:39 And Moses tolde these sayinges vnto al the chyldren of Israell, 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 yerly in the mornyuge & gatt them vp into the toppe of þe mountayne sayinge: lo we be here, & wyll go vp vnto the place of which the Lorde sayed, for we haue synned. Numbers 14:41 And Moses sayed: wherfore wyll ye go on thys maner beyonde the worde of the Lorde? it wyll not come well to passe Numbers 14:42 go not vp 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 wyll fal vpon the swerde because ye are tourned awaye from the Lorde, and therfore the Lorde wyll not be wyth you. Numbers 14:44 But they were blynded to go vp in to the hyll toppe: Neuer the latter, the arcke of the testament of the Lord and Moses departed not out of the hoste. Numbers 14:45 Then þe Amaleckytes & the Cananites which dwelt in that hyl, came doune and smote them and hewed them: euen vnto Horma.