14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice,
and cried; and the people wept that night.
14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses
and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto
them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or
would God we had died in this wilderness!
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 a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain,
and let us return into Egypt.
14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all
the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of
Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent
14:7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of
Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search
it, is an exceeding good land.
14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into
this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk
14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye
the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their
defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear
14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones.
And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the
congregation before all the children of Israel.
14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this
people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe
me, for all the signs which I have showed among them?
14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit
them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier
14:13 And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians
shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy
might from among them;)
14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this
land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this
people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy
cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them,
by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire
14:15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man,
then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will
14:16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people
into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath
slain them in the wilderness.
14:17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be
great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
14:18 The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy,
forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means
clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people
according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast
forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
14:20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy
14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled
with the glory of the LORD.
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 ten times, and have not hearkened
to my voice;
14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto
their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me
14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit
with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into
the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
14:25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the
valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness
by the way of the Red sea.
14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation,
which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the
children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
14:28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as
ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
14:29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all
that were numbered of you, according to your whole number,
from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against
14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning
which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son
of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey,
them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye
14:32 But as for you, your carcasses, they shall fall in
14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness
forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses
be wasted in the wilderness.
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 shall know my
breach of promise.
14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all
this evil congregation, that are gathered together against
me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there
they shall die.
14:36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who
returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against
him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
14:37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon
the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
14:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of
Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the
land, lived still.
14:39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of
Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
14:40 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 sinned.
14:41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the
commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.
14:42 Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be
not smitten before your enemies.
14:43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there
before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are
turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be
14:44 But they 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.
14:45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites
which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited
them, even unto Hormah.