Moses Intercedes for the People

Numbers 14

13 And r Moses said to the LORD: s "Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, 14 "and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have t heard that You, LORD, are among these people; that You, LORD, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above 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 these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, 16 'Because the LORD was not u able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.' 17 "And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, 18 v 'The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, w visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.' 1 19 x "Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, y according to the greatness of Your mercy, just z as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 106:23
    Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.
  2. Cross References
    Exodus 32:12
    Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people.
    Deuteronomy 9:26 - 28
    Therefore I prayed to the LORD, and said: 'O Lord GOD, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
    Deuteronomy 32:27
    Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy, Lest their adversaries should misunderstand, Lest they should say, "Our hand is high; And it is not the LORD who has done all this."
  3. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 2:25
    'This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.'
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:28
    'lest the land from which You brought us should say, "Because the LORD was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness."
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 34:6
    And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ...
    Exodus 34:7
    "keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquit...
    Deuteronomy 5:10
    But showing mercy to thousands, to those who lo...
    Deuteronomy 7:9
    Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is Go...
    Psalms 103:8
    The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to ange...
    Psalms 145:8
    The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Sl...
    Jonah 4:2
    So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, ...
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 20:5
    You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
    Deuteronomy 5:9
    You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 32:32
    "Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."
    Exodus 34:9
    Then he said, "If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 51:1
    Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
    Psalms 106:45
    And for their sake He remembered His covenant, And relented according to the multitude of His mercies.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 78:38
    But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath.
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