New International Version
13 But they soon forgot(A) what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.(B)
14 In the desert(C) they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness(D) they put God to the test.(E)
15 So he gave them(F) what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease(G) among them.
16 In the camp they grew envious(H) of Moses
and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.
17 The earth opened(I) up and swallowed Dathan;(J)
it buried the company of Abiram.(K)
18 Fire blazed(L) among their followers;
a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf(M)
and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God(N)
for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God(O) who saved them,
who had done great things(P) in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham(Q)
and awesome deeds(R) by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy(S) them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach(T) before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised(U) the pleasant land;(V)
they did not believe(W) his promise.
25 They grumbled(X) in their tents
and did not obey the Lord.
26 So he swore(Y) to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,(Z)
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter(AA) them throughout the lands.