The children of Israel come to Zin, where Miriam dieth.
Numbers 20:1 Then came the children of Israel, [even] the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month; and the people abode 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 congregation: and they assembled themselves against Moses and against Aaron. Numbers 20:3 And the people chid with Moses, and spoke, saying, O that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! Numbers 20:4 And why have ye brought the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? Numbers 20:5 And why have ye conducted us from Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? it [is] no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither [is] there any water to drink. Numbers 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared to them.
Moses, smiting the rock, bringeth forth water at Meribah.
Numbers 20:7 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and convene thou the assembly, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye to the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth its water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give drink to the congregation and their beasts. Numbers 20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation before the rock, and he said to them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? Numbers 20:11 And Moses lifted his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts [also].
Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. Numbers 20:13 This [is] the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.
Moses at Kadesh desireth passage through Edom, which is denied him.
Numbers 20:14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us: Numbers 20:15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians afflicted us, and our fathers: Numbers 20:16 And when we cried to the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth from Egypt: and behold, we [are] in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border: Numbers 20:17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink [of] the water of the wells: we will go by the king's [high]-way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders. Numbers 20:18 And Edom said to him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword. Numbers 20:19 And the children of Israel said to him, We will go by the highway: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without [doing] any thing [else], go through on my feet. Numbers 20:20 And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with many people, and with a strong hand. Numbers 20:21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.
At mount Hor Aaron resigneth his place to Eleazar, and dieth.
Numbers 20:22 And the children of Israel, [even] the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came to mount Hor. Numbers 20:23 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, Numbers 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered to his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given to the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. Numbers 20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to mount Hor: Numbers 20:26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered [to his people], and shall die there. Numbers 20:27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they ascended mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. Numbers 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. Numbers 20:29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, [even] all the house of Israel.