Numbers 12:1–16

Dissension of Aaron and Miriam

12 Then aMiriam and Aaron 1spoke bagainst Moses because of the 2Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for che had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through dMoses? eHas He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord fheard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)

gSuddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. hThen the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. Then He said,

“Hear now My words:

If there is a prophet among you,

I, the Lord, make Myself known to him iin a vision;

I speak to him jin a dream.

7 Not so with kMy servant Moses;

lHe is faithful in all mMy house.

8 I speak with him nface to face,

Even oplainly, 3and not in 4dark sayings;

And he sees pthe form of the Lord.

Why then qwere you not afraid

To speak against My servant Moses?”

So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, rsuddenly Miriam became sleprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. 11 So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please tdo not lay 5this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Please udo not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!”

13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please vheal her, O God, I pray!”

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but wspit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be xshut 6out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” 15 ySo Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again. 16 And afterward the people moved from zHazeroth and camped in the Wilderness of Paran.

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