The people murmur at the news.
Numbers 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said to them, O that we had died in the land of Egypt! or O that we had died in this wilderness! Numbers 14:3 And why hath the LORD brought us to this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? Numbers 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
Joshua and Caleb labour to still them.
Numbers 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, [who were] of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: Numbers 14:7 And they spoke to all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, [is] an exceeding good land. Numbers 14:8 If the LORD delighteth in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they [are] bread for us: their defense has departed from them, and the LORD [is] with us: fear them not. Numbers 14:10 But all the congregation required to stone them with stones: and 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 to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them? Numbers 14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
Moses persuadeth God, and obtaineth pardon.
Numbers 14:13 And Moses said to the LORD, Then the Egyptians will hear [it], (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) Numbers 14:14 And they will tell [it] to the inhabitants of this land: [for] they have heard that thou LORD [art] among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and [that] thy cloud standeth over them, and [that] thou goest before them, by day-time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
Numbers 14:15 Now [if] thou shalt kill [all] this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, Numbers 14:16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he swore to them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness. Numbers 14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, Numbers 14:18 The LORD [is] long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth [generation]. Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt, even until now. Numbers 14:20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: Numbers 14:21 But [as] truly [as] I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. Numbers 14:22 Because all those men who have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; Numbers 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: Numbers 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land into which he went; and his seed shall possess it. Numbers 14:25 (Now the Amalekites, and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To-morrow turn you, and pass into the wilderness, by the way of the Red sea.
The murmurers are deprived of entering into the land.
Numbers 14:26 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, Numbers 14:27 How long [shall I bear with] this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Numbers 14:28 Say to them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you: Numbers 14:29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me, Numbers 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land [concerning] which I swore to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. Numbers 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. Numbers 14:32 But [as for] you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness. Numbers 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your lewd deeds, until your carcasses shall be wasted in the wilderness. Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days (each day for a year) shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. Numbers 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it to all this evil congregation, that are gathered against me: in this wilderness, 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 whom Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing a slander upon the land, Numbers 14:37 Even those men that brought the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. Numbers 14:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, [who were] of the men that went to search the land, lived [still]. Numbers 14:39 And Moses told these sayings to all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
The people that would invade the land against the will of God are smitten.
Numbers 14:40 And they rose early in the morning, and ascended to the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we [are here], and will go up to the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned. Numbers 14:41 And Moses said, Why now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. Numbers 14:42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. Numbers 14:43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites [are] there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. Numbers 14:44 But they presumed to go up to the hill-top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. Numbers 14:45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, [even] to Hormah.