Numbers 12

Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

1 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 And they said, "Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? o Has he not spoken through us also?" And p the Lord heard it. 3 Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. 4 And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting." And the three of them came out. 5 And q the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. 6 And he said, "Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him r in a vision; I speak with him s in a dream. 7 Not so with t my servant Moses. u He is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak v mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in w riddles, and he beholds x the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" 9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed.

10 When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, y Miriam was z leprous, 1 like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said to Moses, "Oh, my lord, a do not punish us 2 because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12 Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother's womb." 13 And Moses cried to the Lord, "O God, please heal her - please." 14 But the Lord said to Moses, "If her father had but b spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be c shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again." 15 So Miriam d was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 16 After that the people set out from e Hazeroth, and camped in f the wilderness of Paran.

  1. Cross References
    Micah 6:4
    For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 11:1
    And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.
    2 Kings 19:4
    It may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.
    Isaiah 37:4
    It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'
    Ezekiel 35:12 - 13
    And you shall know that I am the Lord. "I have heard all the revilings that you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are laid desolate; they are given us to devour.
    Malachi 3:16
    Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name.
  3. Cross References
    Numbers 11:25
    Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
    Numbers 16:19
    Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 46:2
    And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night...
    Ezekiel 1:1
    In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on ...
    Daniel 8:2
    And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was ...
    Daniel 10:8
    So I was left alone and saw this great vision, ...
    Daniel 10:16
    And behold, one in the likeness of the children...
    Luke 1:11
    And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord ...
    Luke 1:22
    And when he came out, he was unable to speak to...
    Acts 10:11
    And saw the heavens opened and something like a...
    Acts 22:17 - 18
    When I had returned to Jerusalem and was prayin...
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 20:6
    Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know...
    Genesis 31:10 - 11
    In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up...
    1 Kings 3:5
    At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dre...
    Job 33:15
    In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep...
    Matthew 1:20
    But as he considered these things, behold, an a...
    Matthew 27:19
    Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment s...
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 105:26
    He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
  7. Cross References
    Hebrews 3:2
    Who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house.
    Hebrews 3:5
    Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later.
  8. Cross References
    Numbers 7:89
    And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.
    Exodus 33:11
    Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
    Deuteronomy 34:10
    And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.
    1 Corinthians 13:12
    For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 49:4
    I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
    Psalms 78:2
    I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old.
    Proverbs 1:6
    To understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
  10. Cross References
    Exodus 33:20
    But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.
    Exodus 33:23
    Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 24:9
    Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam on the way as you came out of Egypt.
  12. Cross References
    Leviticus 13:10
    And the priest shall look. And if there is a white swelling in the skin that has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the swelling.
  13. Cross References
    2 Samuel 19:19
    And said to the king, "Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. Do not let the king take it to heart.
    2 Samuel 24:10
    But David's heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.
    Proverbs 30:32
    If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 25:9
    Then his brother's wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face. And she shall answer and say, 'So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.
    Job 30:10
    They abhor me; they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
  15. Cross References
    Leviticus 13:46
    He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp.
  16. Cross References
    2 Kings 15:5
    And the Lord touched the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house. And Jotham the king's son was over the household, governing the people of the land.
    2 Chronicles 26:20 - 21
    And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the Lord had struck him.
    Luke 17:12
    And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance
  17. Cross References
    Numbers 11:35
    From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they remained at Hazeroth.
    Numbers 33:18
    And they set out from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.
  18. Cross References
    Numbers 10:12
    And the people of Israel set out by stages from the wilderness of Sinai. And the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran.
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