Joshua son of Nun(A) and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes(B) and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.(C) If the Lord is pleased with us,(D) he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey,(E) and will give it to us.(F) Only do not rebel(G) against the Lord. And do not be afraid(H) of the people of the land,(I) because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with(J) us.(K) Do not be afraid of them.”(L)

10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning(M) them. Then the glory of the Lord(N) appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. 11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt?(O) How long will they refuse to believe in me,(P) in spite of all the signs(Q) I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them down with a plague(R) and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation(S) greater and stronger than they.”(T)

13 Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them.(U) 14 And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard(V) that you, Lord, are with these people(W) and that you, Lord, have been seen face to face,(X) that your cloud stays over them,(Y) and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.(Z) 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,(AA) so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’(AB)

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.(AC) Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’(AD) 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive(AE) the sin of these people,(AF) just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”(AG)

20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them,(AH) as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live(AI) and as surely as the glory of the Lord(AJ) fills the whole earth,(AK) 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs(AL) I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times(AM) 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath(AN) to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt(AO) will ever see it.(AP) 24 But because my servant Caleb(AQ) has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly,(AR) I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.(AS) 25 Since the Amalekites(AT) and the Canaanites(AU) are living in the valleys, turn(AV) back tomorrow and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.[a](AW)

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  1. Numbers 14:25 Or the Sea of Reeds

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue,(A) and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely(B) to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.(C) Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians(D) how they might kill Jesus.(E)

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Jesus Appoints the Twelve(A)

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.(B) 14 He appointed twelve[a](C) that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.(D)

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  1. Mark 3:14 Some manuscripts twelve—designating them apostles—

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