Numbers 11-13 World English Bible

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The LORD Sends Quails

11 1  The people were complaining in the ears of Yahweh. When Yahweh heard it, his anger was kindled; and Yahweh’s fire burnt among them, and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. 2  The people cried to Moses; and Moses prayed to Yahweh, and the fire abated. 3  The name of that place was called Taberah [1], because Yahweh’s fire burnt among them.

4  The mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, “Who will give us flesh to eat? 5  We remember the fish, which we ate in Egypt for nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; 6  but now we have lost our appetite. There is nothing at all except this manna to look at.” 7  The manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium. 8  The people went around, gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it. Its taste was like the taste of fresh oil. 9  When the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it. 10  Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent; and the anger of Yahweh was kindled greatly; and Moses was displeased. 11  Moses said to Yahweh, “Why have you treated with your servant so badly? Why haven’t I found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12  Have I conceived all this people? Have I brought them forth, that you should tell me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which you swore to their fathers?’ 13  Where could I get meat to give to all this people? For they weep to me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ 14  I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. 15  If you treat me this way, please kill me right now, if I have found favor in your sight; and don’t let me see my wretchedness.”

16  Yahweh said to Moses, “Gather to 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, that they may stand there with you. 17  I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit which is on you, and will put it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you not bear it yourself alone. 18  “Say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and you will eat flesh; for you have wept in the ears of Yahweh, saying, “Who will give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore Yahweh will give you flesh, and you will eat. 19  You will not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days, 20  but a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it is loathsome to you; because that you have rejected Yahweh who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’” 21  Moses said, “The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand men on foot; and you have said, ‘I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.’ 22  Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to be sufficient for them? Shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?” 23  Yahweh said to Moses, “Has Yahweh’s hand grown short? Now you will see whether my word will happen to you or not.”

24  Moses went out, and told the people the words of Yahweh; and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them around the Tent. 25  Yahweh came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was on him, and put it on the seventy elders: and it happened that when the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did so no more. 26  But two men remained in the camp. The name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the Spirit rested on them; and they were of those who were written, but had not gone out to the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp. 27  A young man ran, and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!” 28  Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered, “My lord Moses, forbid them!” 29  Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all Yahweh’s people were prophets, that Yahweh would put his Spirit on them!” 30  Moses went into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

31  A wind from Yahweh went out and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day’s journey on this side, and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the earth. 32  The people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails. He who gathered least gathered ten homers; [2] and they spread them all abroad for themselves around the camp. 33  While the flesh was yet between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of Yahweh was kindled against the people, and Yahweh struck the people with a very great plague. 34  The name of that place was called Kibroth Hattaavah, [3] because there they buried the people who lusted. 35  From Kibroth Hattaavah the people traveled to Hazeroth; and they stayed at Hazeroth.

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  They said, “Has Yahweh indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn’t he spoken also with us?” And Yahweh heard it. 3  Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth.

4  Yahweh spoke suddenly to Moses, to Aaron, and to Miriam, “You three come out to the Tent of Meeting!”

The three of them came out. 5  Yahweh 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  He said, “Hear now my words. If there is a prophet among you, I Yahweh will make myself known to him in a vision. I will speak with him in a dream. 7  My servant Moses is not so. He is faithful in all my house. 8  With him I will speak mouth to mouth, even plainly, and not in riddles; and he shall see Yahweh’s form. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?” 9  The anger of Yahweh was kindled against them; and he departed.

10  The cloud departed from over the Tent; and behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. Aaron looked at Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11  Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, please don’t count this sin against us, in which we have done foolishly, and in which we have sinned. 12  Let her not, I pray, be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” 13  Moses cried to Yahweh, saying, “Heal her, God, I beg you!” 14  Yahweh said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, shouldn’t she be ashamed seven days? Let her be shut up outside of the camp seven days, and after that she shall be brought in again.” 15  Miriam was shut up outside of the camp seven days, and the people didn’t travel until Miriam was brought in again. 16  Afterward the people traveled from Hazeroth, and encamped in the wilderness of Paran.

The Twelve Spies Sent to Canaan

13 1  Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2  “Send men, that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel. Of every tribe of their fathers, you shall send a man, every one a prince among them.” 3  Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran according to the commandment of Yahweh: all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. 4  These were their names: Of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur. 5  Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori. 6  Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 7  Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph. 8  Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun. 9  Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu. 10  Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi. 11  Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi. 12  Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli. 13  Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael. 14  Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi. 15  Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. 16  These are the names of the men who Moses sent to spy out the land. Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua. 17  Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way by the South, and go up into the hill country: 18  and see the land, what it is; and the people who dwell therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many; 19  and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they are that they dwell in, whether in camps, or in strongholds; 20  and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein, or not. Be of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes.”

21  So they went up, and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath. 22  They went up by the South, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23  They came to the valley of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bore it on a staff between two; they brought also of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 24  That place was called the valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the children of Israel cut down from there. 25  They returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days.

26  They went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, to the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word to them, and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27  They told him, and said, “We came to the land where you sent us; and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is its fruit. 28  However the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 29  Amalek dwells in the land of the South: and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan.” 30  Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” 31  But the men who went up with him said, “We aren’t able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” 32  They brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out to the children of Israel, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eats up its inhabitants; and all the people who we saw in it are men of great stature. 33  There we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”

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Footnotes

[1] 11:3 Taberah means “burning”

[2] 11:32 1 homer is about 220 litres or 6 bushels

[3] 11:34 Kibroth Hattaavah means “graves of lust.”

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