12 Miriam and Aaron began to say bad things about Moses. That’s because Moses had married a woman from Cush. 2“Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” The Lord heard what they said.
4The Lord spoke to Moses, Aaron and Miriam. He said, “All three of you, come out to the Tent of Meeting.” So they did. 5Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud. He stood at the entrance to the tent. And he told Aaron and Miriam to come to him. Both of them stepped forward.
“Suppose one of my prophets is among you.
I make myself known to him in visions.
I speak to him in dreams.
He is faithful in everything he does in my house.
I speak with him clearly. I do not speak in riddles.
I let him see something of what I look like.
So why were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”
Aaron turned toward her. He saw that she had a skin disease. 11So he said to Moses, “We have committed a very foolish sin. Please don’t hold it against us. 12Don’t let Miriam be like a baby that was born dead. Don’t let her look like a dead baby whose body is half eaten away.”
14The Lord answered Moses. He said, “Suppose her father had spit in her face. Then she would have been put to shame for seven days. So keep her outside the camp for seven days. After that, you can bring her back.”