Numbers 12 New American Standard Bible

Miriam and Aaron Speak against Moses

12 1  Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because e of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman ); 2  and they said , "Has the Lord indeed spoken only e through Moses ? Has He not spoken through us as well ?" And the Lord heard it. 3  (Now the man Moses was very humble , more than any man who was on the face of the earth .)

4  Suddenly the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam , "You three come out to the tent of meeting ." So the three of them came out. 5  Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent , and He called Aaron and Miriam . When they had both come forward , 6  He said , "Hear now My words : If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord , shall make Myself known to him in a vision . I shall speak with him in a dream . 7  "Not so , with My servant Moses , He is faithful in all My household ; 8  With him I speak mouth to mouth , Even openly , and not in dark sayings , And he beholds the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant , against Moses ?" 9  So the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed .

10  But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent , behold , Miriam was leprous , as white as snow . As Aaron turned toward Miriam , behold , she was leprous . 11  Then Aaron said to Moses , "Oh , my lord , I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned . 12  "Oh , do not let her be like one dead , whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother's womb !" 13  Moses cried out to the Lord , saying , "O God , heal her, I pray !" 14  But the Lord said to Moses , "If her father had but spit in her face , would she not bear her shame for seven days ? Let her be shut up for seven days outside e the camp , and afterward she may be received again." 15  So Miriam was shut up outside e the camp for seven days , and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again. 16  Afterward , however, the people moved out from Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of Paran .

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