The children of Israel come to Zin, where Miriam dieth.
Numbers 20:1 Then came the sons of Israel, the whole assembly, into the desert of Zin, in the first month, and the people dwelt in Kadesh,and Miriam died there, and was buried there.
They murmur for want of water.
Numbers 20:2 And there was no water for the assembly,so they gathered together against Moses, and against Aaron. Numbers 20:3 And the people contended with Moses,and spake, saying, Would, then, we had died when our brethren died, before Yahweh! Numbers 20:4 Wherefore, then, hast thou brought the convocation of Yahweh into this desert,to die there, we, and our cattle? Numbers 20:5 And wherefore, did ye cause us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us into this wretched place?not a place of seeds, and figs, and vines, and pomegranates, even water, is there none, to drink. Numbers 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went in, from the presence of the multitude unto the entrance of the tent of meeting, and fell upon their faces,and the glory of Yahweh appeared, unto them.
Moses, smiting the rock, bringeth forth water at Meribah.
Numbers 20:7 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses, saying: Numbers 20:8 Take the staff, and gather together the assembly, thou, and Aaron thy brother, then shall ye speak unto the cliff, before their eyes, and it shall give forth its waters,so shalt thou bring forth unto them water, out of the cliff, and shalt cause the assembly, and their cattle, to drink. Numbers 20:9 And Moses took the staff, from before Yahweh,as he commanded him. Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered together the convocation, before the cliff,and he said unto them: Hear, I pray you, ye rebels! Out of this cliff, must we bring forth for you, water? Numbers 20:11 And Moses lifted high his hand, and smote the cliff, with his staff, twice,and there came forth water in abundance, and the assembly and their cattle, did drink.
Numbers 20:12 Then said Yahweh unto Moses and unto Aaron, Because ye believed not in me, to hallow me in the eyes of the sons of Israel, therefore, shall ye not bring in this convocation into the land which I have given unto them. Numbers 20:13 The same, were the waters of Meribah [that is "Contention"] in that the sons of Israel contended with Yahweh,and so he hallowed himself among them.
Moses at Kadesh desireth passage through Edom, which is denied him.
Numbers 20:14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh, unto the king of Edom,Thus, saith thy brother Israel, Thou thyself, knowest all the distress which befell us; Numbers 20:15 and how our fathers went down to Egypt, and we abode in Egypt, many days, and that the Egyptians ill-treated us, and our fathers; Numbers 20:16 and we made outcry unto Yahweh, and he heard our voice, and sent a messenger, and brought us forth out of Egypt,lo! then, we, are in Kadesh, a city at the extremity of thy boundary, Numbers 20:17 Let us, we pray thee, pass through thy landwe will not pass through field or vineyard, nor will we drink the waters of a well,by the king's road, will we gowe will turn neither to the right hand nor to the left, until we get through thy boundary. Numbers 20:18 And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass through my land,lest, with the sword, I come out to meet thee. Numbers 20:19 And the sons of Israel said unto himBy the highway, will we go up, and, if, thy waters, we should drinkI, and my cattle, then would I give the price thereof,onlyit is nothing!with my feet, would I pass through. Numbers 20:20 And he said, Thou shalt not pass through. And Edom came out to meet him, with a strong people, and with a firm hand. Numbers 20:21 Thus did Edom refuse to give Israel passage through his boundary,and Israel turned away from him.
At mount Hor Aaron resigneth his place to Eleazar, and dieth.
Numbers 20:22 Then set they forward from Kadesh,and the sons of Israel, all the assembly, came in to Mount Hor. Numbers 20:23 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses and unto Aaron, in Mount Hor,near the boundary of the land of Edom, saying: Numbers 20:24 Aaron shall be withdrawn unto his kinsfolk, for he shall not enter into the land, which I have given unto the sons of Israel,because ye spurned my bidding, at the waters of Meribah. Numbers 20:25 Take thou Aaron, and Eleazar his son,and bring them up Mount Hor; Numbers 20:26 and strip thou Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son,and, Aaron, shall be withdrawn, and shall die there. Numbers 20:27 And Moses did as Yahweh commanded,and they went up into, Mount Hor, in sight of all the assembly. Numbers 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son, and Aaron died there, in the top of the mount,and Moses and Eleazar came down out of the mount. Numbers 20:29 And all the assembly saw that Aaron was dead; and they bewailed Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.