14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the a people wept that night.
(a) Those who were afraid at the report of the
14:3 And wherefore hath the
LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our
children should be b a prey? were it not
better for us to return into Egypt?
(b) To our enemies the Canaanites.
14:5 Then Moses and Aaron c
fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children
(c) Lamenting the people, and praying for them.
14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of
Jephunneh, [which were] of them that searched the land, d
rent their clothes:
(d) For sorrow, hearing their blasphemy.
rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they
[are] e bread for us: their defence is
departed from them, and the LORD [is] with us: fear them not.
(e) We shall easily overcome them.
14:10 But all the congregation bade f
stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of
the congregation before all the children of Israel.
(f) This is the condition of those who would
persuade in God's cause, to be persecuted by the multitude.
Now [if] thou shalt kill [all] this people as g
one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
(g) So that none shall escape.
And the LORD said, I have pardoned h
according to thy word:
(h) In that he did not utterly destroy them, but
allowed their children and certain others to enter.
14:22 Because all those men
which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the
wilderness, and have tempted me now these i
ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
(i) That is, various times and often.
14:24 But my servant Caleb,
because he had another k spirit with
him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he
went; and his seed shall possess it.
(k) A meek and obedient spirit, and not
14:25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites l
dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the m
wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
(l) And lie in wait for you.
(m) For I will not defend you.
And your children shall n wander in the
wilderness forty years, and bear your o
whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
(n) The word signifies to be shepherds, or to
wander like shepherds to and fro.
(o) Your infidelity and disobedience against God.
14:34 After the number of the days in which ye
searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your
iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye p
shall know my breach of promise.
(p) Whether my promise is true or not.
And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the
mountain, saying, Lo, we [be here], and will go up unto the place which the LORD
hath promised: for we have q sinned.
(q) They confessed their sin in rebelling against
God, but did not consider their offence in going up without God's
But they r presumed to go up unto the
hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed
not out of the camp.
(r) They could not be stayed by any means.