Numbers 14:1–12

Israel Refuses to Enter Canaan

14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people awept that night. bAnd all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to 1fall by the sword, that our wives and cchildren should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, d“Let us select a leader and ereturn to Egypt.”

Then Moses and Aaron 2fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: f“The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord gdelights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, h‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only ido not rebel against the Lord, jnor fear the people of the land, for kthey 3are our bread; their protection has departed from them, land the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

10 mAnd all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now nthe glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.

Moses Intercedes for the People

11 Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people oreject 4Me? And how long will they not pbelieve Me, with all the 5signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will qmake of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

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