Numbers 14:12-23

The People Rebel

12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I a will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they."

Moses Intercedes for the People

13 But b Moses said to the Lord, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them, 14 and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. c They have heard that you, O Lord, are in the midst of this people. For you, O Lord, are seen face to face, and d your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, 16 'It is because the Lord e was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.' 17 And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, 18 f 'The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, g visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.' 19 Please h pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just i as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now."

God Promises Judgment

20 Then the Lord said, "I have pardoned, j according to your word. 21 But truly, as I live, and as all k the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, 22 l none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these m ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 23 n shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it.

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 32:10
    Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 32:12
    Why should the Egyptians say, 'With evil intent...
    Deuteronomy 9:28
    Lest the land from which you brought us say, "B...
    Deuteronomy 32:27
    Had I not feared provocation by the enemy, lest...
    Psalms 106:23
    Therefore he said he would destroy them - had n...
    Ezekiel 20:9
    But I acted for the sake of my name, that it sh...
    Ezekiel 20:14
    But I acted for the sake of my name, that it sh...
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 15:14
    The peoples have heard; they tremble; pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
    Joshua 2:9 - 10
    And said to the men, "I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.
    Joshua 5:1
    As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 13:21
    And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:28
    Lest the land from which you brought us say, "Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land that he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.
    Joshua 7:9
    For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 34:6 - 7
    The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 20:5
    You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.
  8. Cross References
    Exodus 34:9
    And he said, "If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 78:38
    Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.
    Psalms 106:45
    For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 106:23
    Therefore he said he would destroy them - had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
    James 5:16
    Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
    1 John 5:14 - 16
    And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 72:19
    Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
    Habakkuk 2:14
    For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 1:35
    Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers.
    Psalms 95:11
    Therefore I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter my rest.
    Psalms 106:26
    Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them that he would make them fall in the wilderness.
    Hebrews 3:17 - 18
    And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 31:7
    Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me.
    Job 19:3
    These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me?
  14. Cross References
    Numbers 32:11
    Surely none of the men who came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, because they have not wholly followed me.
    Ezekiel 20:15
    Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands.
    Numbers 26:64
    But among these there was not one of those listed by Moses and Aaron the priest, who had listed the people of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.
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