The Lord Pardons and Rebukes

20 So the Lord said, “(A)I have pardoned them according to your word; 21 but indeed, (B)as I live, [a](C)all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord. 22 Surely (D)all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet (E)have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, 23 (F)shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. 24 But My servant Caleb, (G)because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, [b](H)I will bring into the land [c]which he entered, and his [d]descendants shall take possession of it. 25 (I)Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the [e]Red Sea.”

26 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are (J)grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are [f]making against Me. 28 Say to them, ‘(K)As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as (L)you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29 (M)your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all (N)your [g]numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. 30 Surely you shall not come into the land in which I [h]swore to settle you, (O)except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 (P)Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey—I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected. 32 (Q)But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your sons shall be shepherds for (R)forty years in the wilderness, and they will [i]suffer for your [j]unfaithfulness, until your corpses [k]lie in the wilderness. 34 According to the (S)number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your [l]guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. 35 (T)I, the Lord, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.’”

36 (U)As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, 37 even (V)those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a (W)plague before the Lord. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who went to spy out the land.

Israel Repulsed

39 When Moses spoke (X)these words to all the sons of Israel, (Y)the people mourned greatly. 40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the [m]ridge of the hill country, saying, “(Z)Here we are; [n]we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised.” 41 But Moses said, “(AA)Why then are you transgressing the [o]commandment of the Lord, when it will not succeed? 42 (AB)Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the Lord is not among you. 43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the Lord. And the Lord will not be with you.” 44 But they went up heedlessly to the [p]ridge of the hill country; neither (AC)the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses left the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as (AD)Hormah.

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  1. Numbers 14:21 Lit and all
  2. Numbers 14:24 Lit him I
  3. Numbers 14:24 Lit where
  4. Numbers 14:24 Lit seed
  5. Numbers 14:25 Lit Sea of Reeds
  6. Numbers 14:27 Lit complaining
  7. Numbers 14:29 Lit mustered
  8. Numbers 14:30 Lit raised My hand
  9. Numbers 14:33 Lit bear
  10. Numbers 14:33 Lit fornications
  11. Numbers 14:33 Lit are finished
  12. Numbers 14:34 Or iniquities
  13. Numbers 14:40 Or top of the mountain
  14. Numbers 14:40 Or and we will go up...for we have sinned
  15. Numbers 14:41 Lit mouth
  16. Numbers 14:44 Or top of the mountain

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