The people murmur at the news.
Numbers 14:1 Then did all the assembly lift up, and give forth their voice,and the people wept throughout that night. Numbers 14:2 And all the sons of Israel, murmured against Moses and against Aaron,and all the assembly said unto themOh that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or, in this wilderness, oh that we had died! Numbers 14:3 Wherefore, then, is Yahweh bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and little ones, will become a prey! Would it not be well for us to go back towards Egypt? Numbers 14:4 And they said, one to another,Let us appoint a head, and let us go back towards Egypt. Numbers 14:5 Then did Moses and Aaron fall upon their faces,before all the convocation of the assembly of the sons of Israel.
Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.
Numbers 14:6 But, Joshua son of Nun, and Caleb son of Jephunneh, of them who spied out the land, rent their clothes; Numbers 14:7 and spake unto all the assembly of the sons of Israel, saying,As for the land through which we passed to spy it out, Good, is the land, exceedingly. Numbers 14:8 If Yahweh delight in us, then will he bring us into this land, and give it unto us,A land which doth flow with milk and honey. Numbers 14:9 Only, against Yahweh, do not rebel. Do not, ye, fear the people of the land, For, our food, they are,Their shade hath departed from over them, And Yahweh is with us, Do not fear them! Numbers 14:10 But, when all the assembly bade stone them, with stones, the glory of Yahweh, appeared, in the tent of meeting, unto all the sons of Israel.
God threateneth them.
Numbers 14:11 Then said Yahweh unto Moses, How long must this people, despise me? And, how long can they not believe in me, in view of all the signs which I have done in their midst? Numbers 14:12 Let me smite them with pestilence, and disinherit them,And make thee, into a nation greater and more mighty than they!
Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.
Numbers 14:13 Then said Moses unto Yahweh,So shall the Egyptians hear, For thou hast brought up, in thy might, this people, out of their midst; Numbers 14:14 And will tell it unto the inhabitants of this land: They have heard, That, thou, Yahweh, art in the midst of this people,That, eye to eye, is he seenthou, Yahweh. And, thy cloud, is standing over them, And, in a pillar of cloud, thou thyself, art going on before them by day, And, in a pillar of fire, by night.
Numbers 14:15 As soon, therefore, as thou hast put to death this people, as one man, so soon will the nations who have heard thy fame speak, saying: Numbers 14:16 Because Yahweh, was not able, to bring in this people into the land which he had sworn unto them, therefore did he slay them in the desert. Numbers 14:17 Now, therefore, I beseech thee, let the might of My Lord, be magnified,according as thou didst speak, saying: Numbers 14:18 Yahwehslow to anger and great in lovingkindness, Forgiving iniquity and transgression: Though he will not leave, wholly unpunished, Visiting the iniquity of fathers upon sons, Upon a third generation, and upon a fourth. Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people, According to the greatness of thy lovingkindness,And according as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt, even thus far. Numbers 14:20 And Yahweh said, I have pardoned, according to thy word; Numbers 14:21 Nevertheless, as I, live,and that all the earth may be filled with the glory of Yahweh, Numbers 14:22 Verily, none of the men who have been beholding my glory and my signs, which I have done in Egypt, and in the desert,and have put me to the proof these ten times, and have not hearkened unto my voice, Numbers 14:23 shall see the land, which I sware to their fathers,yea, none of my despisers, shall see it. Numbers 14:24 But, my servant Calebbecause there was another spirit with him, and he followed me fully, therefore will I bring him into the land whereinto he entered, and, his seed, shall possess it. Numbers 14:25 Now, the Amalekites and the Canaanites, are dwelling in the valley,tomorrow, turn ye away; and set yourselves forward towards the desert, by the way of the Red Sea.
The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.
Numbers 14:26 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: Numbers 14:27 How long, as regardeth this evil assembly, are, they, to be murmuring against me? The murmuring of the sons of Israel, which, they, have been murmuring against me, have I heard. Numbers 14:28 Say unto them: As I live, is the oracle of Yahweh: Surely, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so, will I do unto you: Numbers 14:29 In this desert, shall your dead bodies fall, And, none of you who were numbered, in all your counting, from twenty years old and upwards,who have murmured against me, Numbers 14:30 none of you, shall enter into the land, as to which I uplifted my hand, to give you an abode therein,save Caleb, son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, son of Nun: Numbers 14:31 whereas, your little ones, of whom ye said, they should become, a prey, I will bring them in, and they shall acknowledge the land which ye refused. Numbers 14:32 But, your own dead bodies, shall fall in this desert; Numbers 14:33 and, your sons, shall be shepherds in the desert forty years, and shall bear your unchastities,until your dead bodies are consumed in the desert. Numbers 14:34 By the number of the days, wherein ye spied out the landforty days, each day for a year, shall they bear your iniquitiesforty years,so shall ye know my opposition. Numbers 14:35 IYahweh, have spoken, Verily, this, will I do to all this evil assembly, who have conspired against me,In this desert, shall they be consumed, And, there, shall they die.
The men who raised the evil report die by a plague.
Numbers 14:36 Now, as for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land,who returned and caused all the assembly to murmur against him, by giving out a rumour against the land, Numbers 14:37 they diedthe men who gave out an evil rumor of the land,by the plague, before Yahweh. Numbers 14:38 But, Joshua son of Nun, and Caleb son of Jephunneh, remained aliveof those men who went to spy out the land. Numbers 14:39 And Moses spake these words unto all the sons of Israel,and the people were greatly depressed.
The people that would invade the land against the will of God are smitten.
Numbers 14:40 So they arose early in the morning, and went up into the top of the mountain, saying,We are heretherefore will we go up into the place as to which Yahweh hath said, that we have sinned. Numbers 14:41 But Moses said, Wherefore is it that, ye, are going beyond the bidding of Yahweh,since, that, cannot prosper? Numbers 14:42 Do not go up, For Yahweh is not in your midst,Lest ye be smitten down before your enemies. Numbers 14:43 For, the Amalekites and the Canaanites, are there before you, So shall ye fall by the sword,For, inasmuch as ye have turned back from following Yahweh, Therefore will Yahweh not be with you. Numbers 14:44 But they presumptuously ascended into the top of the mountain,though, neither the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, nor Moses, moved out of the midst of the camp. Numbers 14:45 So ten the Amalekites and the Canaanites, that dwelt in that mountain, came down,and smote them and routed them, even unto Hormah.