The People Rebel

Numbers 14

1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people i wept that night. 2 And all the people of Israel j grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or k would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? l Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to one another, m "Let us choose a leader and n go back to Egypt."

5 Then o Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. 6 p And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, q "The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If r the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, s a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only t do not rebel against the Lord. And u do not fear the people of the land, for v they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them." 10 w Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But x the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.

11 And the Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people y despise me? And how long will they not z believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 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."

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 11:4
    Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, "Oh that we had meat to eat!
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 14:27
    How long shall this wicked congregation grumble...
    Numbers 14:29
    Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness,...
    Numbers 14:33
    And your children shall be shepherds in the wil...
    Numbers 16:41
    But on the next day all the congregation of the...
    Exodus 15:24
    And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ...
    Exodus 16:2
    And the whole congregation of the people of Isr...
    Exodus 17:3
    But the people thirsted there for water, and th...
    Psalms 106:25
    They murmured in their tents, and did not obey ...
    Joshua 9:18
    But the people of Israel did not attack them, b...
  3. Cross References
    Numbers 14:27 - 29
    How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me.
  4. Cross References
    Numbers 14:31
    But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected.
  5. Cross References
    Nehemiah 9:17
    They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 17:16
    Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, 'You shall never return that way again.
    Acts 7:39
    Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt.
  7. Cross References
    Numbers 16:4
    When Moses heard it, he fell on his face.
    Numbers 16:22
    And they fell on their faces and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?
    Numbers 20:6
    Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.
  8. Cross References
    Numbers 14:30
    Not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
    Numbers 13:6
    From the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
    Numbers 13:8
    From the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun.
  9. Cross References
    Numbers 13:27
    And they told him, "We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
    Deuteronomy 1:25
    And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again and said, 'It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.
  10. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:15
    Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fath...
    2 Samuel 22:20
    He brought me out into a broad place; he rescue...
    1 Kings 10:9
    Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted...
    Psalms 18:19
    He brought me out into a broad place; he rescue...
    Psalms 22:8
    "He trusts in the Lord ; let him deliver him; l...
    Isaiah 62:4
    You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your ...
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 3:8
    And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
  12. Cross References
    Joshua 22:16
    Thus says the whole congregation of the Lord, 'What is this breach of faith that you have committed against the God of Israel in turning away this day from following the Lord by building yourselves an altar this day in rebellion against the Lord ?
    Joshua 22:18 - 19
    That you too must turn away this day from following the Lord ? And if you too rebel against the Lord today then tomorrow he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel.
    Joshua 22:29
    Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord and turn away this day from following the Lord by building an altar for burnt offering, grain offering, or sacrifice, other than the altar of the Lord our God that stands before his tabernacle!
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 7:18
    You shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.
    Deuteronomy 20:3
    And shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them.
  14. Cross References
    Numbers 24:8
    God brings him out of Egypt and is for him like the horns of the wild ox; he shall eat up the nations, his adversaries, and shall break their bones in pieces and pierce them through with his arrows.
    Psalms 14:4
    Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord ?
    Psalms 74:14
    You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 17:4
    So Moses cried to the Lord, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.
  16. Cross References
    Leviticus 9:23
    And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.
  17. Cross References
    Numbers 14:23
    Shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it.
    Numbers 16:30
    But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.
  18. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 1:32
    Yet in spite of this word you did not believe t...
    Deuteronomy 9:23
    And when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, ...
    Psalms 78:22
    Because they did not believe in God and did not...
    Psalms 78:32
    In spite of all this, they still sinned; despit...
    Psalms 106:24
    Then they despised the pleasant land, having no...
    Hebrews 3:18
    And to whom did he swear that they would not en...
    John 12:37
    Though he had done so many signs before them, t...
  19. 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.
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