Bible: Numbers 14:11-21

The Punishment from God

14:11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise 1  me, and how long will they not believe 2  in me, in spite of the signs that I have done among them? 14:12 I will strike them with the pestilence, 3  and I will disinherit them; I will make you into a nation that is greater and mightier than they!

14:13 Moses said to the Lord, “When the Egyptians hear 4  it – for you brought up this people by your power from among them – 14:14 then they will tell it to the inhabitants 5  of this land. They have heard that you, Lord, are among this people, that you, Lord, are seen face to face, 6  that your cloud stands over them, and that you go before them by day in a pillar of cloud and in a pillar of fire by night. 14:15 If you kill 7  this entire people at once, 8  then the nations that have heard of your fame will say, 14:16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to them, he killed them in the wilderness.’ 14:17 So now, let the power of my Lord 9  be great, just as you have said, 14:18 The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in loyal love, 10  forgiving iniquity and transgression, 11  but by no means clearing 12  the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children until the third and fourth generations.’ 13  14:19 Please forgive 14  the iniquity of this people according to your great loyal love, 15  just as you have forgiven this people from Egypt even until now.”

14:20 Then the Lord said, “I have forgiven them as you asked. 16  14:21 But truly, as I live, 17  all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

NET Bible Study Environment