Moses Pleads for the People

11 (A)The Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will (B)they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? 12 I will smite them with [a](C)pestilence and dispossess them, and I (D)will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they.”

13 (E)But Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, 14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O Lord, are in the midst of this people, for (F)You, O Lord, are seen eye to eye, while 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 slay this people as one man, (G)then the nations who have heard of Your fame will [b]say, 16 ‘Because the Lord (H)could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.’ 17 But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have [c]declared, 18 (I)The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but (J)He will by no means clear the guilty, (K)visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children [d]to the third and the fourth generations.’ 19 (L)Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

The Lord Pardons and Rebukes

20 So the Lord said, “(M)I have pardoned them according to your word;

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  1. Numbers 14:12 Lit the pestilence
  2. Numbers 14:15 Lit speak, saying
  3. Numbers 14:17 Lit spoken, saying
  4. Numbers 14:18 Lit on

11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt?(A) How long will they refuse to believe in me,(B) in spite of all the signs(C) I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them down with a plague(D) and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation(E) greater and stronger than they.”(F)

13 Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them.(G) 14 And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard(H) that you, Lord, are with these people(I) and that you, Lord, have been seen face to face,(J) that your cloud stays over them,(K) and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.(L) 15 If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 ‘The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath,(M) so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’(N)

17 “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.(O) Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’(P) 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive(Q) the sin of these people,(R) just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”(S)

20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them,(T) as you asked.

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