Numbers

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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 8

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick. [3]And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof [so as to give light] in front of the candlestick, as Jehovah commanded Moses. [4] And this was the work of the candlestick, beaten work of gold; unto the base thereof, [and] unto the flowers thereof, it was beaten work: according unto the pattern which Jehovah had showed Moses, so he made the candlestick.

[5]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [6]Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. [7]And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of expiation upon them, and let them cause a razor to pass over all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves. [8]Then let them take a young bullock, and its meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil; and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin-offering. [9]And thou shalt present the Levites before the tent of meeting: and thou shalt assemble the whole congregation of the children of Israel: [10]and thou shalt present the Levites before Jehovah. And the children of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites: [11]and Aaron shall offer the Levites before Jehovah for a wave-offering, on the behalf of the children of Israel, that it may be theirs to do the service of Jehovah. [12]And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and offer thou the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, unto Jehovah, to make atonement for the Levites. [13]And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for a wave-offering unto Jehovah.

[14]Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be mine. [15]And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tent of meeting: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for a wave-offering. [16]For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of all that openeth the womb, even the first-born of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me. [17]For all the first-born among the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself. [18]And I have taken the Levites instead of all the first-born among the children of Israel. [19]And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Israel; that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

[20]Thus did Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the Levites: according unto all that Jehovah commanded Moses touching the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them. [21]And the Levites purified themselves from sin, and they washed their clothes: and Aaron offered them for a wave-offering before Jehovah; and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. [22]And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron, and before his sons: as Jehovah had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them. [23]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [24]This is that which belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service in the work of the tent of meeting: [25]and from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the work, and shall serve no more, [26]but shall minister with their brethren in the tent of meeting, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charges.

Chapter 9

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, [2]Moreover let the children of Israel keep the passover in its appointed season. [3]In the fourteenth day of this month, at even, ye shall keep it in its appointed season: according to all the statutes of it, and according to all the ordinances thereof, shall ye keep it. [4]And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover. [5]And they kept the passover in the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month, at even, in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that Jehovah commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel. [6]And there were certain men, who were unclean by reason of the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: [7]and those men said unto him, We are unclean by reason of the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer the oblation of Jehovah in its appointed season among the children of Israel? [8]And Moses said unto them, Stay ye, that I may hear what Jehovah will command concerning you.

[9]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [10]Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your generations shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be on a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto Jehovah. [11]In the second month on the fourteenth day at even they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs: [12]they shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break a bone thereof: according to all the statute of the passover they shall keep it. [13]But the man that is clean, and is not on a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people; because he offered not the oblation of Jehovah in its appointed season, that man shall bear his sin. [14]And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto Jehovah; according to the statute of the passover, and according to the ordinance thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one statute, both for the sojourner, and for him that is born in the land.

[15]And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, even the tent of the testimony: and at even it was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until morning. [16]So it was alway: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night. [17]And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tent, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel encamped. [18] At the commandment of Jehovah the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of Jehovah they encamped: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they remained encamped. [19] And when the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of Jehovah, and journeyed not. [20]And sometimes the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; then according to the commandment of Jehovah they remained encamped, and according to the commandment of Jehovah they journeyed. [21]And sometimes the cloud was from evening until morning; and when the cloud was taken up in the morning, they journeyed: or [if it continued] by day and by night, when the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. [22]Whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, abiding thereon, the children of Israel remained encamped, and journeyed not; but when it was taken up, they journeyed. [23]At the commandment of Jehovah they encamped, and at the commandment of Jehovah they journeyed: they kept the charge of Jehovah, at the commandment of Jehovah by Moses.

Chapter 10

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them: and thou shalt use them for the calling of the congregation, and for the journeying of the camps. [3]And when they shall blow them, all the congregation shall gather themselves unto thee at the door of the tent of meeting. [4]And if they blow but one, then the princes, the heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee. [5]And when ye blow an alarm, the camps that lie on the east side shall take their journey. [6]And when ye blow an alarm the second time, the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. [7]But when the assembly is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. [8]And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and they shall be to you for a statute for ever throughout your generations. [9]And when ye go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then ye shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before Jehovah your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. [10]Also in the day of your gladness, and in your set feasts, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow the trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings; and they shall be to you for a memorial before your God: I am Jehovah your God.

[11]And it came to pass in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, that the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony. [12]And the children of Israel set forward according to their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud abode in the wilderness of Paran. [13]And they first took their journey according to the commandment of Jehovah by Moses. [14]And in the first [place] the standard of the camp of the children of Judah set forward according to their hosts: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab. [15]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethanel the son of Zuar. [16]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.

[17]And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who bare the tabernacle, set forward. [18]And the standard of the camp of Reuben set forward according to their hosts: and over his host was Elizur the son of Shedeur. [19]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. [20]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

[21]And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and [the others] did set up the tabernacle against their coming. [22]And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their hosts: and over his host was Elishama the son of Ammihud. [23]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. [24]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.

[25]And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan, which was the rearward of all the camps, set forward according to their hosts: and over his host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. [26]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ochran. [27]And over the host of the tribe of the children of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan. [28]Thus were the journeyings of the children of Israel according to their hosts; and they set forward.

[29]And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses' father-in-law, We are journeying unto the place of which Jehovah said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good; for Jehovah hath spoken good concerning Israel. [30]And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred. [31] And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou shalt be to us instead of eyes. [32]And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what good soever Jehovah shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

[33]And they set forward from the mount of Jehovah three days' journey; and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah went before them three days' journey, to seek out a resting-place for them. [34]And the cloud of Jehovah was over them by day, when they set forward from the camp. [35]And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, O Jehovah, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee. [36]And when it rested, he said, Return, O Jehovah, unto the ten thousands of the thousands of Israel.

Chapter 11

[1]And the people were as murmurers, [speaking] evil in the ears of Jehovah: and when Jehovah heard it, his anger was kindled; and the fire of Jehovah burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp. [2]And the people cried unto Moses; and Moses prayed unto Jehovah, and the fire abated. [3]And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of Jehovah burnt among them.

[4]And the mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? [5]We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt for nought; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: [6]but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all save this manna to look upon. [7]And the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium. [8]The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. [9]And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

[10]And Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent: and the anger of Jehovah was kindled greatly; and Moses was displeased. [11]And Moses said unto Jehovah, Wherefore hast thou dealt ill with thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? [12]Have I conceived all this people? have I brought them forth, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carrieth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? [13]Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. [14]I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. [15]And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

[16]And Jehovah said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee. [17] And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the Spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. [18]And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye have wept in the ears of Jehovah, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore Jehovah will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. [19]Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days, [20]but a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you; because that ye have rejected Jehovah who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt? [21]And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. [22]Shall flocks and herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? [23]And Jehovah said unto Moses, Is Jehovah's hand waxed short? now shalt thou see whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

[24]And Moses went out, and told the people the words of Jehovah: and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the Tent. [25]And Jehovah came down in the cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but they did so no more. [26]But there remained two men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the Spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but had not gone out unto the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp. [27]And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. [28]And Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. [29]And Moses said unto him, Art thou jealous for my sake? would that all Jehovah's people were prophets, that Jehovah would put his Spirit upon them! [30]And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

[31]And there went forth a wind from Jehovah, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day's journey on this side, and a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and about two cubits above the face of the earth. [32]And the people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. [33]While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the people, and Jehovah smote the people with a very great plague. [34]And the name of that place was called Kibrothhattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted. [35]From Kibrothhattaavah the people journeyed unto Hazeroth; and they abode at Hazeroth.

Chapter 12

[1]And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman. [2]And they said, Hath Jehovah indeed spoken only with Moses? hath he not spoken also with us? And Jehovah heard it. [3]Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth.

[4]And Jehovah spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tent of meeting. And they three came out. [5]And Jehovah came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the door of the Tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forth. [6]And he said, Hear now my words: if there be a prophet among you, I Jehovah will make myself known unto him in a vision, I will speak with him in a dream. [7]My servant Moses is not so; he is faithful in all my house: [8]with him will I speak mouth to mouth, even manifestly, and not in dark speeches; and the form of Jehovah shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?

[9]And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against them; and he departed. [10]And the cloud removed from over the Tent; and, behold, Miriam was leprous, as [white as] snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. [11]And Aaron said unto Moses, Oh, my lord, lay not, I pray thee, sin upon us, for that we have done foolishly, and for that we have sinned. [12]Let her not, I pray, be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb. [13]And Moses cried unto Jehovah, saying, Heal her, O God, I beseech thee. [14]And Jehovah said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut up without the camp seven days, and after that she shall be brought in again. [15]And Miriam was shut up without the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.

[16]And afterward the people journeyed from Hazeroth, and encamped in the wilderness of Paran.

Chapter 13

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Send thou men, that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a prince among them. [3]And Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran according to the commandment of Jehovah: all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. [4]And these were their names: Of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur. [5]Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori. [6]Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. [7]Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph. [8]Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun. [9]Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu. [10]Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi. [11]Of the tribe of Joseph, [namely], of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi. [12]Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli. [13]Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael. [14]Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi. [15]Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. [16]These are the names of the men that Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.

[17]And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way by the South, and go up into the hill-country: [18]and see the land, what it is; and the people that dwell therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many; [19]and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they are that they dwell in, whether in camps, or in strongholds; [20]and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes.

[21]So they went up, and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath. [22] And they went up by the South, and came unto Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) [23]And they came unto the valley of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it upon a staff between two; [they brought] also of the pomegranates, and of the figs. [24]That place was called the valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

[25]And they returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days. [26]And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. [27]And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us; and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. [28] Howbeit the people that dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified, [and] very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. [29]Amalek dwelleth in the land of the South: and the Hittite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, dwell in the hill-country; and the Canaanite dwelleth by the sea, and along by the side of the Jordan.

[30]And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. [31]But the men that went up with him said, We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. [32]And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. [33]And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Chapter 14

[1]And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. [2]And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would that we had died in this wilderness! [3]And wherefore doth Jehovah bring us unto this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be a prey: were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

[4]And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. [5]Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. [6]And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were of them that spied out the land, rent their clothes: [7]and they spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceeding good land. [8]If Jehovah delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it unto us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. [9]Only rebel not against Jehovah, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is removed from over them, and Jehovah is with us: fear them not. [10]But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of Jehovah appeared in the tent of meeting unto all the children of Israel.

[11]And Jehovah said unto Moses, How long will this people despise me? and how long will they not believe in me, for all the signs which I have wrought among them? [12]I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a nation greater and mightier than they. [13]And Moses said unto Jehovah, Then the Egyptians will hear it; for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them; [14]and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that thou Jehovah art in the midst of this people; for thou Jehovah art seen face to face, and thy cloud standeth over them, and thou goest before them, in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night. [15]Now if thou shalt kill this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, [16]Because Jehovah was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness. [17]And now, I pray thee, let the power of the Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, [18]Jehovah is slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; and that will by no means clear [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation. [19]Pardon, I pray thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy lovingkindness, and according as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

[20]And Jehovah said, I have pardoned according to thy word: [21]but in very deed, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Jehovah; [22]because all those men that have seen my glory, and my signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted me these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; [23]surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that despised me see it: [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. [25]Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the valley: to-morrow turn ye, and get you into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.

[26]And Jehovah spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, [27]How long [shall I bear] with this evil congregation, that murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. [28]Say unto them, As I live, saith Jehovah, surely as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: [29]your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, that have murmured against me, [30]surely ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware that I would make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. [31]But your little ones, that ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have rejected. [32]But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. [33]And your children shall be wanderers in the wilderness forty years, and shall bear your whoredoms, until your dead bodies be consumed in the wilderness. [34]After the number of the days in which ye spied out the land, even forty days, for every day a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my alienation. [35]I, Jehovah, have spoken, surely this will I do unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

[36]And the men, whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up an evil report against the land, [37]even those men that did bring up an evil report of the land, died by the plague before Jehovah. [38]But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, remained alive of those men that went to spy out the land.

[39]And Moses told these words unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly. [40]And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up to the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we are here, and will go up unto the place which Jehovah hath promised: for we have sinned. [41]And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of Jehovah, seeing it shall not prosper? [42]Go not up, for Jehovah is not among you; that ye be not smitten down before your enemies. [43]For there the Amalekite and the Canaanite are before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned back from following Jehovah, therefore Jehovah will not be with you. [44]But they presumed to go up to the top of the mountain: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. [45]Then the Amalekite came down, and the Canaanite who dwelt in that mountain, and smote them and beat them down, even unto Hormah.

Chapter 15

[1]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [2]Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you, [3] and will make an offering by fire unto Jehovah, a burnt-offering, or a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or as a freewill-offering, or in your set feasts, to make a sweet savor unto Jehovah, of the herd, or of the flock; [4]then shall he that offereth his oblation offer unto Jehovah a meal-offering of a tenth part [of an ephah] of fine flour mingled with the fourth part of a hin of oil: [5]and wine for the drink-offering, the fourth part of a hin, shalt thou prepare with the burnt-offering, or for the sacrifice, for each lamb. [6]Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meal-offering two tenth parts [of an ephah] of fine flour mingled with the third part of a hin of oil: [7]and for the drink-offering thou shalt offer the third part of a hin of wine, of a sweet savor unto Jehovah. [8]And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt-offering, or for a sacrifice, to accomplish a vow, or for peace-offerings unto Jehovah; [9]then shall he offer with the bullock a meal-offering of three tenth parts [of an ephah] of fine flour mingled with half a hin of oil: [10]and thou shalt offer for the drink-offering half a hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Jehovah.

[11]Thus shall it be done for each bullock, or for each ram, or for each of the he-lambs, or of the kids. [12] According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number. [13]All that are home-born shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Jehovah. [14] And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever may be among you throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Jehovah; as ye do, so he shall do. [15]For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth [with you], a statute for ever throughout your generations: as ye are, so shall the sojourner be before Jehovah. [16]One law and one ordinance shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

[17]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [18]Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you, [19]then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up a heave-offering unto Jehovah. [20]Of the first of your dough ye shall offer up a cake for a heave-offering: as the heave-offering of the threshing-floor, so shall ye heave it. [21]Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto Jehovah a heave-offering throughout your generations.

[22]And when ye shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses, [23]even all that Jehovah hath commanded you by Moses, from the day that Jehovah gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations; [24]then it shall be, if it be done unwittingly, without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt-offering, for a sweet savor unto Jehovah, with the meal-offering thereof, and the drink-offering thereof, according to the ordinance, and one he-goat for a sin-offering. [25] And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their oblation, an offering made by fire unto Jehovah, and their sin-offering before Jehovah, for their error: [26]and all the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; for in respect of all the people it was done unwittingly.

[27]And if one person sin unwittingly, then he shall offer a she-goat a year old for a sin-offering. [28]And the priest shall make atonement for the soul that erreth, when he sinneth unwittingly, before Jehovah, to make atonement for him; and he shall be forgiven. [29]Ye shall have one law for him that doeth aught unwittingly, for him that is home-born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them. [30]But the soul that doeth aught with a high hand, whether he be home-born or a sojourner, the same blasphemeth Jehovah; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. [31]Because he hath despised the word of Jehovah, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

[32]And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks upon the sabbath day. [33]And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. [34] And they put him in ward, because it had not been declared what should be done to him. [35]And Jehovah said unto Moses, The man shall surely be put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. [36]And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him to death with stones; as Jehovah commanded Moses.

[37]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [38]Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of each border a cord of blue: [39]and it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Jehovah, and do them; and that ye follow not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to play the harlot; [40]that ye may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. [41]I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Jehovah your God.

Chapter 16

[1]Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]: [2]and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the congregation, called to the assembly, men of renown; [3]and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and Jehovah is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the assembly of Jehovah?

[4]And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: [5] and he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, In the morning Jehovah will show who are his, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he shall choose will he cause to come near unto him. [6]This do: take you censers, Korah, and all his company; [7]and put fire in them, and put incense upon them before Jehovah to-morrow: and it shall be that the man whom Jehovah doth choose, he [shall be] holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. [8]And Moses said unto Korah, Hear now, ye sons of Levi: [9] [seemeth it but] a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of Jehovah, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them; [10]and that he hath brought thee near, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee? and seek ye the priesthood also? [11]Therefore thou and all thy company are gathered together against Jehovah: and Aaron, what is he that ye murmur against him?

[12]And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said, We will not come up: [13]is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but thou must needs make thyself also a prince over us? [14]Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

[15]And Moses was very wroth, and said unto Jehovah, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. [16]And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before Jehovah, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow: [17]and take ye every man his censer, and put incense upon them, and bring ye before Jehovah every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each his censer. [18]And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood at the door of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron. [19]And Korah assembled all the congregation against them unto the door of the tent of meeting: and the glory of Jehovah appeared unto all the congregation.

[20]And Jehovah spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, [21]Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. [22]And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? [23]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [24]Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

[25]And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. [26]And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. [27]So they gat them up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood at the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little ones. [28]And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that Jehovah hath sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of mine own mind. [29]If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then Jehovah hath not sent me. [30]But if Jehovah make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then ye shall understand that these men have despised Jehovah.

[31]And it came to pass, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them; [32]and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. [33]So they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed upon them, and they perished from among the assembly. [34]And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them; for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up. [35]And fire came forth from Jehovah, and devoured the two hundred and fifty men that offered the incense.

[36]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [37]Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are holy, [38]even the censers of these sinners against their own lives; and let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before Jehovah; therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel. [39]And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, which they that were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar, [40]to be a memorial unto the children of Israel, to the end that no stranger, that is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to burn incense before Jehovah; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as Jehovah spake unto him by Moses.

[41]But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of Jehovah. [42]And it came to pass, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tent of meeting: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of Jehovah appeared. [43]And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting. [44]And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, [45]Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. [46]And Moses said unto Aaron, Take they censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and lay incense thereon, and carry it quickly unto the congregation, and make atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from Jehovah; the plague is begun. [47]And Aaron took as Moses spake, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the people. [48]And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. [49]Now they that died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah. [50]And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tent of meeting: and the plague was stayed.