Numbers 14-15 World English Bible

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The People Rebel against the LORD

14 1  All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2  All the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3  Why does Yahweh bring us to this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be a prey: wouldn’t it be better for us to return into Egypt?” 4  They said one to another, “Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”

5  Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 6  Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were of those who spied out the land, tore their clothes: 7  and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceeding good land. 8  If Yahweh delights in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which flows with milk and honey. 9  Only don’t rebel against Yahweh, neither fear the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is removed from over them, and Yahweh is with us. Don’t fear them.” 10  But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. The glory of Yahweh appeared in the Tent of Meeting to all the children of Israel.

11  Yahweh said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? and how long will they not believe in me, for all the signs which I have worked among them? 12  I will strike them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” 13  Moses said to Yahweh, “Then the Egyptians will hear it; for you brought up this people in your might from among them; 14  and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you Yahweh are in the midst of this people; for you Yahweh are seen face to face, and 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. 15  Now if you killed this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of you will speak, saying, 16  ‘Because Yahweh was not able to bring this people into the land which he swore to them, therefore he has slain them in the wilderness.’ 17  Now please let the power of the Lord be great, according as you have spoken, saying, 18  ‘Yahweh is slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, forgiving iniquity and disobedience; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation.’ 19  Pardon, please, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your loving kindness, and according as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

God's Punishment on Israel

20  Yahweh said, “I have pardoned according to your word: 21  but in very deed, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Yahweh; 22  because all those men who have seen my glory, and my signs, which I worked in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted me these ten times, and have not listened to my voice; 23  surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of those who despised me see it: 24  but my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed me fully, him will I bring into the land into which he went; and his seed shall possess it. 25  Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the valley: tomorrow turn, and go into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea [1].” 26  Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 27  “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, that murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. 28  Tell them, ‘As I live, says Yahweh, surely as you have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you: 29  your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness; and all who were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me, 30  surely you shall not come into the land, concerning which I swore that I would make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 31  But your little ones, that you said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which you have rejected. 32  But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 33  Your children shall be wanderers in the wilderness forty years, and shall bear your prostitution, until your dead bodies be consumed in the wilderness. 34  After the number of the days in which you spied out the land, even forty days, for every day a year, you will bear your iniquities, even forty years, and you will know my alienation.’ 35  I, Yahweh, have spoken, surely this will I do to all this evil congregation, who are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.”

The Death of the Ten Evil Spies

36  The men, whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up an evil report against the land, 37  even those men who did bring up an evil report of the land, died by the plague before Yahweh. 38  But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, remained alive of those men who went to spy out the land.

The Defeat of Israel at Hormah

39  Moses told these words to all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly. 40  They rose up early in the morning, and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Behold, we are here, and will go up to the place which Yahweh has promised: for we have sinned.” 41  Moses said, “Why now do you disobey the commandment of Yahweh, seeing it shall not prosper? 42  Don’t go up, for Yahweh isn’t among you; that you not be struck down before your enemies. 43  For there the Amalekite and the Canaanite are before you, and you shall fall by the sword: because you are turned back from following Yahweh, therefore Yahweh will not be with you.” 44  But they presumed to go up to the top of the mountain: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and Moses, didn’t depart out of the camp. 45  Then the Amalekite came down, and the Canaanite who lived in that mountain, and struck them and beat them down, even to Hormah.

Laws concerning Offerings

15 1  Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2  “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you have come into the land of your habitations, which I give to you, 3  and will make an offering by fire to Yahweh, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or as a freewill offering, or in your set feasts, to make a pleasant aroma to Yahweh, of the herd, or of the flock; 4  then he who offers his offering shall offer to Yahweh a meal offering of a tenth part of an ephah of fine flour mixed with the fourth part of a hin of oil: 5  and wine for the drink offering, the fourth part of a hin, you shall prepare with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, for each lamb. 6  “‘Or for a ram, you shall prepare for a meal offering two tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mixed with the third part of a hin of oil: 7  and for the drink offering you shall offer the third part of a hin of wine, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh. 8  When you prepare a bull for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or for peace offerings to Yahweh; 9  then shall he offer with the bull a meal offering of three tenth parts of an ephah of fine flour mixed with half a hin of oil: 10  and you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh. 11  Thus shall it be done for each bull, or for each ram, or for each of the male lambs, or of the young goats. 12  According to the number that you shall prepare, so you shall do to everyone according to their number. 13  “‘All who are native-born shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh. 14  If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you, or whoever may be among you throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh; as you do, so he shall do. 15  For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you, a statute forever throughout your generations: as you are, so shall the foreigner be before Yahweh. 16  One law and one ordinance shall be for you, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you.’” 17  Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 18  “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you come into the land where I bring you, 19  then it shall be that when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall offer up a wave offering to Yahweh. 20  Of the first of your dough you shall offer up a cake for a wave offering: as the wave offering of the threshing floor, so you shall heave it. 21  Of the first of your dough you shall give to Yahweh a wave offering throughout your generations.

22  “‘When you shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which Yahweh has spoken to Moses, 23  even all that Yahweh has commanded you by Moses, from the day that Yahweh gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations; 24  then it shall be, if it be done unwittingly, without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bull for a burnt offering, for a pleasant aroma to Yahweh, with the meal offering of it, and the drink offering of it, according to the ordinance, and one male goat for a sin offering. 25  The priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their offering, an offering made by fire to Yahweh, and their sin offering before Yahweh, for their error: 26  and all the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them; for in respect of all the people it was done unwittingly. 27  “‘If one person sins unwittingly, then he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering. 28  The priest shall make atonement for the soul who errs, when he sins unwittingly, before Yahweh, to make atonement for him; and he shall be forgiven. 29  You shall have one law for him who does anything unwittingly, for him who is native-born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them.

30  “‘But the soul who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native-born or a foreigner, the same blasphemes Yahweh; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 31  Because he has despised the word of Yahweh, and has broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.’”

The Stoning of a Sabbath Breaker

32  While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33  Those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34  They put him in custody, because it had not been declared what should be done to him. 35  Yahweh said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside of the camp.” 36  All the congregation brought him outside of the camp, and stoned him to death with stones; as Yahweh commanded Moses.

Fringes on Garments

37  Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 38  “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves fringes [2] in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe [3] of each border a cord of blue: 39  and it shall be to you for a fringe [4], that you may look on it, and remember all the commandments of Yahweh, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute; 40  that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. 41  I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahweh your God.”

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Footnotes

[1] 14:25 or, Sea of Reeds

[2] 15:38 or, tassels (Hebrew tzitzit)

[3] 15:38 or, tassel

[4] 15:39 or, tassel

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