6 We have sinned, as have our fathers. We have acted unjustly; we have wrought iniquity.
7 Our fathers did not understand your miracles in Egypt. They did not remember the multitude of your mercies. And they provoked you, while going up to the sea, even the Red Sea.
8 And he saved them for the sake of his name, so that he might make known his power.
9 And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up. And he led them into the abyss, as if into a desert.
10 And he saved them from the hand of those who hated them. And he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the water covered those who troubled them. Not one of them remained.
12 And they believed his words, and they sang his praises.
13 As soon as they had finished, they forgot his works, and they would not endure his counsel.
14 And they coveted their desire in the desert, and they tempted God in a waterless place.
15 And he granted to them their request, and he sent abundance into their souls.
16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed Dathan, and it covered the congregation of Abiram.
18 And a fire broke out in their congregation. A flame burned up the sinners.
19 And they fashioned a calf at Horeb, and they adored a graven image.
20 And they exchanged their glory for the likeness of a calf that eats hay.
21 They forgot God, who saved them, who did great things in Egypt:
22 miracles in the land of Ham, terrible things at the Red Sea.
23 And he said that he would destroy them, yet Moses, his elect, stood firm before him in the breach, in order to avert his wrath, lest he destroy them.
Numbers 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26-29a, 34-35
1 And the people set out from Hazeroth, and they pitched their tents in the desert of Paran.
2 And there, the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
25 which was called Nehel Eshcol, that is, the Torrent of the Cluster of Grapes, because the sons of Israel had carried a cluster of grapes from there.
26 And those exploring the land returned after forty days, having circulated through the entire region.
27 And they went to Moses and Aaron, and to the entire assembly of the sons of Israel in the desert of Paran, which is in Kadesh. And speaking to them, and to the entire multitude, they showed them the fruits of the land.
28 And they explained, saying: "We went into the land, to which you sent us, which, it is true, flows with milk and honey, as one can know by these fruits.
29 But it has very strong occupants, and the cities are great and also walled. We saw the race of Anak there.
30 Amalek lives in the south. The Hethite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite live in the mountains. And truly, the Canaanite stays near the sea and around the streams of the Jordan."
31 During these events, Caleb, to restrain the murmuring of the people who rose up against Moses, said, "Let us ascend and possess the land, for we will be able to obtain it."
32 Yet truly, the others, who had been with him, were saying, "By no means are we able to ascend to this people, because they are stronger than we are."
33 And before the sons of Israel they disparaged the land, which they had inspected, saying: "The land, which we viewed, devours its inhabitants. The people, upon whom we gazed, were of lofty stature.
34 There, we saw some monsters among the sons of Anak, of the race of giants; by comparison with them, we seemed like locusts."
1 And so, crying out, the entire crowd wept throughout that night.
26 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:
27 "How long will this very wicked multitude murmur against me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel.
28 Therefore, say to them: As I live, says the Lord, as you spoke in my hearing, so will I do to you.
29 In the wilderness, here shall your carcasses lie.
34 According to the number of the forty days, during which you examined the land, one year shall be charged for each day. And so, for forty years you shall take back your iniquities, and you shall know my retribution.
35 For just as I have spoken, so shall I do, to this entire most wicked multitude, which has risen up together against me. In the wilderness, here shall it fade away and die."
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