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Numbers 20

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Water from a Rock
(Exodus 17.1-7)
20
1 The people of Israel arrived at the Zin Desert during the first month
f 20.1 first month: See the note at 9.3.
and set up camp near the town of Kadesh. It was there that Miriam died and was buried.
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1 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.
2 The Israelites had no water, so they went to Moses and Aaron
20.2-13 Ex 17.1-7.
2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
3 and complained, “Moses, we'd be better off if we had died along with the others in front of the Lord's sacred tent.
g 20.3 if we had died ... sacred tent: See 16.41-49.
3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
4 You brought us into this desert, and now we and our livestock are going to die! 4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
5 Egypt was better than this horrible place. At least there we had grain and figs and grapevines and pomegranates.
h 20.5 pomegranates: See the note at 13.23,24.
But now we don't even have any water.”
5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
6 Moses and Aaron went to the entrance to the sacred tent, where they bowed down. The Lord appeared to them in all of his glory
6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.
7-8 and said, “Moses, get your walking stick.
i 20.7,8 walking stick: A symbol of his authority.
Then you and Aaron call the people together and command that rock to give you water. That's how you will provide water for the people of Israel and their livestock.”
7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
9 Moses obeyed and took his stick from the sacred tent.
9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
10 After he and Aaron had gathered the people around the rock, he said, “Look, you rebellious people, and you will see water flow from this rock!” 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
11 He raised his stick in the air and struck the rock two times. At once, water gushed from the rock, and the people and their livestock had water to drink.
20.11 Ws 11.4.
11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you refused to believe in my power, these people did not respect me. And so, you will not be the ones to lead them into the land I have promised.”
12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
13 The Israelites had complained against the Lord, and he had shown them his holy power by giving them water to drink. So they named the place Meribah, which means “Complaining.”
13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.
Meribah: that is, Strife
Israel Isn't Allowed To Go through Edom
14 Moses sent messengers from Israel's camp near Kadesh with this message for the king of Edom:
We are Israelites, your own relatives, and we're sure you have heard the terrible things that have happened to us.
14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:
befallen...: Heb. found us
15 Our ancestors settled in Egypt and lived there a long time. But later the Egyptians were cruel to us, 15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:
16 and when we begged our Lord for help, he answered our prayer and brought us out of that land.
Now we are camped at the border of your territory, near the town of Kadesh.
16 And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:
17 Please let us go through your country. We won't go near your fields and vineyards, and we won't drink any water from your wells. We will stay on the main road
j 20.17 the main road: The Hebrew text has “the King's Highway,” which was an important trade route through what is today the country of Jordan. It connected the city of Damascus in Syria with the Gulf of Aqaba in southern Jordan.
until we leave your territory.
17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.
18 But the Edomite king answered, “No, I won't let you go through our country! And if you try, we will attack you.”
18 And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.
19 Moses sent back this message: “We promise to stay on the main road, and if any of us or our livestock drink your water, we will pay for it. We just want to pass through.”
19 And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing any thing else, go through on my feet.
20 But the Edomite king insisted, “You can't go through our land!”
Then Edom sent out its strongest troops
20 And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.
21 to keep Israel from passing through its territory. So the Israelites had to go in another direction. 21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.
Aaron Dies
22 After the Israelites had left Kadesh and had gone as far as Mount Hor
22 And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor.
23 on the Edomite border, the Lord said, 23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,
24 “Aaron, this is where you will die. You and Moses disobeyed me at Meribah, and so you will not enter the land I promised the Israelites. 24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.
word: Heb. mouth
25 Moses, go with Aaron and his son Eleazar to the top of the mountain. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:
26 Then take Aaron's priestly robe from him and place it on Eleazar. Aaron will die there.” 26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.
27 Moses obeyed, and everyone watched as he and Aaron and Eleazar walked to the top of Mount Hor.
27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
28 Moses then took the priestly robe from Aaron and placed it on Eleazar. Aaron died there.
20.28 Ex 29.29
When Moses and Eleazar came down,
28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.
29 the people knew that Aaron had died, and they mourned his death for thirty days. 29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

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