1 Then allI the congregationII raised a loud cry,III
and the peopleIV weptV that night.VI
2 And all the IsraelitesVII complainedVIII against MosesIX and Aaron;X
the wholeXI congregation said to them, “Would thatXII we had diedXIII in the landXIV of Egypt!XV Or would that we had died in this wilderness!XVI
3 Why is the LordXVII bringingXVIII us into this land to fallXIX by the sword?XX
Our wivesXXI and our little onesXXII will becomeXXIII
plunder;XXIV would it not be betterXXV for us to go backXXVI to Egypt?”
4 So they said to one another,XXVII “Let us chooseXXVIII a captainXXIX and go back to Egypt.”
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their facesXXX beforeXXXI all the assemblyXXXII of the congregation of the Israelites. 6 And JoshuaXXXIII sonXXXIV of NunXXXV
and CalebXXXVI son of Jephunneh,XXXVII who were among those who had spied outXXXVIII the land, toreXXXIX their clothesXL
7 and said to all the congregation of the Israelites, “The land that we went throughXLI as spiesXLII is an exceedinglyXLIII goodXLIV land.
8 If the Lord is pleasedXLV with us, he will bring us into this land and giveXLVI it to us, a land that flowsXLVII with milkXLVIII and honey.XLIX
9 Only,L do not rebelLI against the Lord, and do not fearLII the people of the land, for they are no more than breadLIII for us;
their protectionLIV is removedLV from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” 10 But the whole congregation threatened to stoneLVI them.
Then the gloryLVII of the Lord appearedLVIII at the tentLIX of meetingLX to all the Israelites.
11 And the Lord said to Moses, “How longLXI will this people despiseLXII me? And how long will they refuse to believeLXIII in me,
in spite of all the signsLXIV that I have doneLXV amongLXVI them?
12 I will strikeLXVII them with pestilenceLXVIII and disinheritLXIX them, and I will makeLXX of you
a nationLXXI greaterLXXII and mightierLXXIII than they.”
13 But Moses said to the Lord, “Then the EgyptiansLXXIV will hearLXXV of it, for in your mightLXXVI you brought upLXXVII this people from among them,
14 and they will tell the inhabitantsLXXVIII of this land. They have heard that you, O Lord, are in the midstLXXIX of this people, for you, O Lord, are seenLXXX faceLXXXI to face,LXXXII
and your cloudLXXXIII standsLXXXIV over them and you goLXXXV
in frontLXXXVI of them, in a pillarLXXXVII of cloud by dayLXXXVIII and in a pillar of fireLXXXIX by night.
15 Now if you killXC thisXCI people as one,XCII then the nations who have heardXCIII about you will say,
16 ‘It is because the Lord was notXCIV ableXCV to bring this people into the land he sworeXCVI to give them that he has slaughteredXCVII them in the wilderness.’
17 And now, therefore, let the powerXCVIII of the LordXCIX be greatC, CI in the way that you promised when you spoke,CII saying,
18 ‘The LordCIII is slowCIV to angerCV
and aboundingCVI in steadfast love,CVII
forgivingCVIII iniquityCIX and transgression,CX
but by no means clearing the guilty,CXI
visitingCXII the iniquity of the parentsCXIII
upon the childrenCXIV
to the thirdCXV and the fourthCXVI generation.’
19 “ForgiveCXVII, CXVIII the iniquity of this people according to the greatnessCXIX of your steadfast love, just as you have pardonedCXX this people, from Egypt even until now.”CXXI
20 Then the LordCXXII said, “I do forgive,CXXIII just as you have asked;CXXIV 21 nevertheless, as I liveCXXV and as all the earthCXXVI shall be filledCXXVII with the glory of the Lord,CXXVIII
22 noneCXXIX of the peopleCXXX who have seen my glory and the signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness and yet have testedCXXXI me these tenCXXXII timesCXXXIII and have not obeyedCXXXIV my voiceCXXXV
23 shall see the land that I swore to give to their ancestors;CXXXVI none of those who despised me shall see it. 24 But my servantCXXXVII Caleb, becauseCXXXVIII
he hasCXXXIX a differentCXL spiritCXLI and has followed me wholeheartedly,CXLII
I will bring into the land into which he went,CXLIII and his descendantsCXLIV shall possessCXLV it.
25 Now, since the AmalekitesCXLVI and the CanaanitesCXLVII liveCXLVIII in the valleys,CXLIX
turnCL tomorrowCLI and set outCLII for the wilderness
by the wayCLIII to the RedCLIV Sea.”CLV
26 And the LordCLVI spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 27 “How longCLVII shall this wickedCLVIII congregation complain against me? I have heard the complaintsCLIX of the Israelites, which they complain against me.
28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’CLX saysCLXI the Lord,CLXII ‘I will do to you the veryCLXIII things I heard you say:CLXIV
29 your dead bodiesCLXV shall fall in this very wilderness, and of all your numberCLXVI, CLXVII included in the censusCLXVIII
from twentyCLXIX yearsCLXX oldCLXXI and upCLXXII who have complained against me,
30 not one of you shall comeCLXXIII into the land in which I sworeCLXXIV to settleCLXXV you, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
31 But your little ones, who you said would become plunder, I will bring in, and they shall knowCLXXVI the land that you have despised.CLXXVII 32 But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall be shepherdsCLXXVIII in the wilderness for fortyCLXXIX years and shall sufferCLXXX for your faithlessness,CLXXXI until the last of your dead bodies liesCLXXXII in the wilderness.
34 According to the numberCLXXXIII of the daysCLXXXIV in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day a year, you shall bearCLXXXV your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’CLXXXVI 35 I the LordCLXXXVII have spoken; surely I will do thus to all this wicked congregation gathered togetherCLXXXVIII against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end,CLXXXIX and there they shall die.”
36 And the menCXC whom Moses sentCXCI to spy out the land who returnedCXCII and made all the congregation complain against him by bringingCXCIII a bad reportCXCIV about the land,
37 the menCXCV who broughtCXCVI an unfavorableCXCVII report about the land died by a plagueCXCVIII beforeCXCIX the Lord.CC
38 But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh alone remained alive,CCI of those menCCII who wentCCIII to spy out the land.
39 When Moses toldCCIV these wordsCCV to all the Israelites,
the peopleCCVI mournedCCVII greatly.CCVIII 40 They rose earlyCCIX in the morningCCX and went upCCXI
to the heightsCCXII of the hill country,CCXIII saying, “HereCCXIV we are. We will go up to the placeCCXV that the LordCCXVI has promised, for we have sinned.”CCXVII
41 But Moses said, “Why do you continue to transgressCCXVIII the commandCCXIX of the Lord?CCXX That will not succeed.CCXXI
42 Do not go up, for the LordCCXXII is notCCXXIII withCCXXIV you; do not let yourselves be struck downCCXXV beforeCCXXVI your enemies.CCXXVII
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will confront you there,CCXXVIII and you shall fall by the sword; becauseCCXXIX you have turned backCCXXX from followingCCXXXI the Lord,CCXXXII the LordCCXXXIII will not be with you.”
44 But they presumedCCXXXIV to go up to the heights of the hill country, even though the arkCCXXXV of the covenantCCXXXVI of the LordCCXXXVII
and Moses had not leftCCXXXVIII, CCXXXIX the camp.CCXL
45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who livedCCXLI in that hill country came downCCXLII and defeatedCCXLIII them, pursuingCCXLIV them as far as Hormah.CCXLV
Image credit: “The Exodus (Path to Freedom)” by Curtis and Pip Reid of Bible Pathway Adventures.