Numbers 11-13 Revised Standard Version

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The LORD Sends Quails

11 1  And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes; and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. 2  Then the people cried to Moses; and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire abated. 3  So the name of that place was called Tab'erah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them.

4  Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving; and the people of Israel also wept again, and said, "O that we had meat to eat! 5  We remember the fish we ate in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6  but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at." 7  Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. 8  The people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it; and the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. 9  When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it. 10  Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent; and the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. 11  Moses said to the Lord, "Why hast thou dealt ill with thy servant? And why have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou dost lay the burden of all this people upon me? 12  Did I conceive all this people? Did I bring them forth, that thou shouldst say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries the sucking child, to the land which thou didst swear to give their fathers?' 13  Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, 'Give us meat, that we may eat.' 14  I am not able to carry all this people alone, the burden is too heavy for me. 15  If thou wilt deal thus with me, kill me at once, if I find favor in thy sight, that I may not see my wretchedness."

16  And the Lord said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17  And I will come down and talk with you there; and I will take some of the spirit which is upon you and put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. 18  And say to the people, 'Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, "Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt." Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19  You shall not eat one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20  but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, "Why did we come forth out of Egypt?"'" 21  But Moses said, "The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot; and thou hast said, 'I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!' 22  Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?" 23  And the Lord said to Moses, "Is the Lord's hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not."

24  So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and placed them round about the tent. 25  Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was upon him and put it upon the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did so no more. 26  Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested upon them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27  And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." 28  And Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, "My lord Moses, forbid them." 29  But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!" 30  And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

31  And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and it brought quails from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and about two cubits above the face of the earth. 32  And the people rose all that day, and all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails; he who gathered least gathered ten homers; and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33  While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague. 34  Therefore the name of that place was called Kib'roth-hatta'avah, because there they buried the people who had the craving. 35  From Kib'roth-hatta'avah the people journeyed to Haze'roth; and they remained at Haze'roth.

Miriam and Aaron Speak against Moses

12 1  Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because 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 through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?" And the Lord heard it. 3  Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth.

4  And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting." And the three of them came out. 5  And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the door of the tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forward. 6  And he said, "Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream. 7  Not so with my servant Moses; he is entrusted with all my house. 8  With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in dark speech; and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" 9  And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed;

10  and when the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. And Aaron turned towards Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11  And Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12  Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother's womb." 13  And Moses cried to the Lord, "Heal her, O God, I beseech thee." 14  But the Lord said to Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut up outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again." 15  So Miriam was shut up outside the camp seven days; and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 16  After that the people set out from Haze'roth, and encamped in the wilderness of Paran.

The Twelve Spies Sent to Canaan

13 1  The Lord said to Moses, 2  "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I give to the people of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers shall you send a man, every one a leader among them." 3  So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel. 4  And these were their names: From the tribe of Reuben, Sham'mu-a the son of Zaccur; 5  from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; 6  from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephun'neh; 7  from the tribe of Is'sachar, Igal the son of Joseph; 8  from the tribe of E'phraim, Hoshe'a the son of Nun; 9  from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu; 10  from the tribe of Zeb'ulun, Gad'diel the son of Sodi; 11  from the tribe of Joseph (that is from the tribe of Manas'seh), Gaddi the son of Susi; 12  from the tribe of Dan, Am'miel the son of Gemal'li; 13  from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael; 14  from the tribe of Naph'tali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi; 15  from the tribe of Gad, Geu'el the son of Machi. 16  These were the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshe'a the son of Nun Joshua. 17  Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up into the Negeb yonder, and go up into the hill country, 18  and see what the land is, and whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many, 19  and whether the land that they dwell in is good or bad, and whether the cities that they dwell in are camps or strongholds, 20  and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there is wood in it or not. Be of good courage, and bring some of the fruit of the land." Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.

21  So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. 22  They went up into the Negeb, and came to Hebron; and Ahi'man, She'shai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zo'an in Egypt.) 23  And they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they brought also some pomegranates and figs. 24  That place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down from there. 25  At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.

26  And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27  And they told him, "We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28  Yet the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29  The Amal'ekites dwell in the land of the Negeb; the Hittites, the Jeb'usites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan." 30  But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once, and occupy it; for we are well able to overcome it." 31  Then the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we." 32  So they brought to the people of Israel an evil report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land, through which we have gone, to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. 33  And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim); and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them."

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