4 So they said to one another, “aLet us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”
5 aThen Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.
7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “aThe land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
13 aBut Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst,
14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O Lord, are in the midst of this people, for aYou, O Lord, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
16 ‘Because the Lord acould not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.’
17 “But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have 1declared,
18 ‘aThe Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but bHe will by no means clear the guilty, cvisiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children 1to the third and the fourth generations.’
19 “aPardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”
20 So the Lord said, “aI have pardoned them according to your word;
23 ashall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.
31 ‘aYour children, however, whom you said would become a prey—I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected.
32 ‘aBut as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness.
35 ‘aI, the Lord, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.’ ”
36 aAs for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land,
40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the 1ridge of the hill country, saying, “aHere we are; 2we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised.”
42 “aDo not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the Lord is not among you.
45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as aHormah.
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