THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Numbers (Author Moses)

11:1¤ In the mean time there arose a murmuring of the people against the Lord, as it were repining at their fatigue. And when the Lord heard it he was angry. And the fire of the Lord being kindled against them, devoured them that were at the uttermost part of the camp.

11:2And when the people cried to Moses, Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire was swallowed up.

11:3And he called the name of that place, The burning: for that the fire of the Lord had been kindled against them.

11:4For a mixt multitude of people, that came up with them, burned with desire, sitting and weeping, the children of Israel also being joined with them, and said: Who shall give us flesh to eat?

11:5We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free cost: the cucumbers come into our mind, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic.

11:6Our soul is dry, our eyes behold nothing else but manna.

11:7Now the manna was like coriander seed, of the colour of bdellium.

11:8And the people went about, and gathering it, ground it in a mill, or beat it in a mortar, and boiled it in a pot, and made cakes thereof of the taste of bread tempered with oil.

11:9And when the dew fell in the night upon the camp, the manna also fell with it.

11:10Now Moses heard the people weeping by their families, every one at the door of his tent. And the wrath of the Lord was exceedingly enkindled: to Moses also the thing seemed insupportable.

11:11And he said to the Lord: Why hast thou afflicted thy servant? Wherefore do I not find favour before thee? And why hast thou laid the weight of all this people upon me?

11:12Have I conceived all this multitude, or begotten them, that thou shouldst say to me: Carry them in thy bosom as the nurse is wont to carry the little infant, and bear them into the land, for which thou hast sworn to their fathers?

11:13Whence should I have flesh to give to so great a multitude? They weep against me, saying: Give us flesh that we may eat.

11:14I am not able alone to bear all this people, because it is too heavy for me.

11:15But if it seem unto thee otherwise, I beseech thee to kill me, and let me find grace in thy eyes, that I be not afflicted with so great evils.

11:16And the Lord said to Moses: Gather unto me seventy men of the ancients of Israel, whom thou knowest to be ancients and masters of the people: and thou shalt bring them to the door of the tabernacle of the covenant, and shalt make them stand there with thee,

11:17That I may come down and speak with thee: and I will take of thy spirit, and will give to them, that they may bear with thee the burden of the people, and thou mayest not be burthened alone.

11:18And thou shalt say to the people: Be ye sanctified: to morrow you shall eat flesh: for I have heard you say: Who will give us flesh to eat? It was well with us in Egypt. That the Lord may give you flesh, and you may eat:

11:19Not for one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, no nor for twenty.

11:20But even for a month of days, till it come out at your nostrils, and become loathsome to you, because you have cast off the Lord, who is in the midst of you, and have wept before him, saying: Why came we out of Egypt?

11:21And Moses said: There are six hundred thousand footmen of this people, and sayest thou: I will give them flesh to eat a whole month?

11:22Shall then a multitude of sheep and oxen be killed, that it may suffice for their food? or shall the fishes of the sea be gathered together to fill them?

11:23And the Lord answered him: Is the hand of the Lord unable? Thou shalt presently see whether my word shall come to pass or no.

11:24Moses therefore came, and told the people the words of the Lord, and assembled seventy men of the ancients of Israel, and made them to stand about the tabernacle.

11:25And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, taking away of the spirit that was in Moses, and giving to the seventy men. And when the spirit had rested on them they prophesied, nor did they cease afterwards.

11:26Now there remained in the camp two of the men, of whom one was called Eldad, and the other Medad, upon whom the spirit rested; for they also had been enrolled, but were not gone forth to the tabernacle.

11:27And when they prophesied in the camp, there ran a young man, and told Moses, saying: Eldad and Medad prophesy in the camp.

11:28Forthwith Josue the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, and chosen out of many, said: My lord Moses forbid them.

11:29But he said: Why hast thou emulation for me? O that all the people might prophesy, and that the Lord would give them his spirit!

11:30And Moses returned, with the ancients of Israel, into the camp.

11:31And a wind going out from the Lord, taking quails up beyond the sea brought them, and cast them into the camp for the space of one day's journey, on every side of the camp round about, and they flew in the air two cubits high above the ground.

11:32The people therefore rising up all that day, and night, and the next day, gathered together of quails, he that did least, ten cores: and they dried them round about the camp.

11:33As yet the flesh was between their teeth, neither had that kind of meat failed: when behold the wrath of the Lord being provoked against the people, struck them with an exceeding great plague.

11:34And that place was called, The graves of lust: for there they buried the people that had lusted.

11:35And departing from the graves of lust, they came unto Haseroth, and abode there.

12:1¤ And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the Ethiopian,

12:2And they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? Hath he not also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this,

12:3(For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth)

12:4Immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Mary: Come out you three only to the tabernacle of the covenant. And when they were come out,

12:5The Lord came down in a pillar of the cloud, and stood in the entry of the tabernacle calling to Aaron and Mary. And when they were come,

12:6He said to them: Hear my words: if there be among you a prophet of the Lord, I will appear to him in a vision, or I will speak to him in a dream.

12:7But it is not so with my servant Moses who is most faithful in all my house:

12:8For I speak to him mouth to mouth: and plainly, and not by riddles and figures doth he see the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak ill of my servant Moses?

12:9And being angry with them he went away:

12:10The cloud also that was over the tabernacle departed: and behold Mary appeared white as snow with a leprosy. And when Aaron had looked on her, and saw her all covered with leprosy,

12:11He said to Moses: I beseech thee, my lord, lay not upon us this sin, which we have foolishly committed:

12:12Let her not be as one dead, and as an abortive that is cast forth from the mother's womb. Lo, now one half of her flesh is consumed with the leprosy.

12:13And Moses cried to the Lord, saying O God, I beseech thee heal her.

12:14And the Lord answered him: If her father had spitten upon her face, ought she not to have been ashamed for seven days at least? Let her be separated seven days without the camp, and afterwards she shall be called again.

12:15Mary therefore was put out of the camp seven days: and the people moved not from that place until Mary was called again.

12:16And the people marched from Haseroth, and pitched their tents in the desert of Pharan.

13:1¤ And there the Lord spoke to Moses, saying.

13:2Send men to view the land of Chanaan, which I will give to the children of Israel, one of every tribe, of the rulers.

13:3Moses did what the Lord had commanded, sending from the desert of Pharan, principal men, whose names are these:

13:4Of the tribe of Ruben, Sammua the son of Zechur.

13:5Of the tribe of Simeon, Saphat the son of Huri.

13:6Of the tribe of Juda, Caleb the son of Jephone.

13:7Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

13:8Of the tribe of Ephraim, Osee the son of Nun.

13:9Of the tribe of Benjamin, Phalti the son of Raphu.

13:10Of the tribe of Zabulon, Geddiel the son of Sodi.

13:11Of the tribe of Joseph, of the sceptre of Manasses, Gaddi the son of Susi.

13:12Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

13:13Of the tribe of Aser, Sthur the son of Michael.

13:14Of the tribe of Nephtali, Nahabi the son of Vapsi.

13:15Of the tribe of Gad, Guel the son of Machi.

13:16These are the names of the men, whom Moses sent to view the land: and he called Osee the son of Nun, Josue.

13:17And Moses sent them to view the land of Chanaan, and said to them: Go you up by the south side. And when you shall come to the mountains,

13:18View the land, of what sort it is, and the people that are the inhabitants thereof, whether they be strong or weak: few in number or many:

13:19The land itself, whether it be good or bad: what manner of cities, walled or without walls:

13:20The ground, fat or barren, woody or without trees. Be of good courage, and bring us of the fruits of the land. Now it was the time when the firstripe grapes are fit to be eaten.

13:21And when they were gone up, they viewed the land from the desert of Sin, unto Rohob as you enter into Emath.

13:22And they went up at the south side, and came to Hebron, where were Achiman and Sisai and Tholmai the sons of Enac. For Hebron was built seven years before Tanis the city of Egypt.

13:23And going forward as far as the torrent of the cluster of grapes, they cut off a branch with its cluster of grapes, which two men carried upon a lever. They took also of the pomegranates and of the figs of that place:

13:24Which was called Nehelescol, that is to say, the torrent of the cluster of grapes, because from thence the children of Israel had carried a cluster of grapes.

13:25And they that went to spy out the land returned after forty days, having gone round all the country,

13:26And came to Moses and Aaron and to all the assembly of the children of Israel to the desert of Pharan, which is in Cades. And speaking to them and to all the multitude, they shewed them the fruits of the land:

13:27And they related and said: We came into the land to which thou sentest us, which in very deed floweth with milk and honey as may be known by these fruits:

13:28But it hath very strong inhabitants, and the cities are great and walled. We saw there the race of Enac.

13:29Amalec dwelleth in the south, the Hethite and the Jebusite and the Amorrhite in the mountains: but the Chanaanite abideth by the sea and near the streams of the Jordan.

13:30In the mean time Caleb, to still the murmuring of the people that rose against Moses, said: Let us go up and possess the land, for we shall be able to conquer it.

13:31But the others, that had been with him, said: No, we are not able to go up to this people, because they are stronger than we.

13:32And they spoke ill of the land, which they had viewed, before the children of Israel, saying: The land which we have viewed, devoureth its inhabitants: the people, that we beheld are of a tall stature.

13:33There we saw certain monsters of the sons of Enac, of the giant kind: in comparison of whom, we seemed like locusts.

14:1¤ Therefore the whole multitude crying wept that night.

14:2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying:

14:3Would God that we had died in Egypt: and would God we may die in this vast wilderness, and that the Lord may not bring us into this land, lest we fall by the sword, and our wives and children be led away captives. Is it not better to return into Egypt?

14:4And they said one to another: Let us appoint a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

14:5And when Moses and Aaron heard this, they fell down flat upon the ground before the multitude of the children of Israel.

14:6But Josue the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephone, who themselves also had viewed the land, rent their garments,

14:7And said to all the multitude of the children of Israel: The land which we have gone round is very good:

14:8If the Lord be favourable, he will bring us into it, and give us a land flowing with milk and honey.

14:9Be not rebellious against the Lord: and fear ye not the people of this land, for we are able to eat them up as bread. All aid is gone from them: the Lord is with us, fear ye not.

14:10And when all the multitude cried out, and would have stoned them, the glory of the Lord appeared over the tabernacle of the covenant to all the children of Israel.

14:11And the Lord said to Moses: How long will this people detract me? how long will they not believe me for all the signs that I have wrought before them?

14:12I will strike them therefore with pestilence, and will consume them: but thee I will make a ruler over a great nation, and a mightier than this is.

14:13And Moses said to the Lord: That the Egyptians, from the midst of whom thou hast brought forth this people,

14:14And the inhabitants of this land, (who have heard that thou, O Lord, art among this people, and art seen face to face, and thy cloud protecteth them, and thou goest before them in a pillar of a cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night,)

14:15May hear that thou hast killed so great a multitude as it were one man and may say:

14:16He could not bring the people into the land for which he had sworn, therefore did he kill them in the wilderness.

14:17Let then the strength of the Lord be magnified, as thou hast sworn, saying:

14:18The Lord is patient and full of mercy, taking away iniquity and wickedness, and leaving no man clear, who visitest the sins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

14:19Forgive, I beseech thee, the sins of this people, according to the greatness of thy mercy, as thou hast been merciful to them from their going out of Egypt unto this place.

14:20And the Lord said: I have forgiven according to thy word.

14:21As I live: and the whole earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.

14:22But yet all the men that have seen my majesty, and the signs that I have done in Egypt, and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now ten times, and have not obeyed my voice,

14:23Shall not see the land for which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any one of them that hath detracted me behold it.

14:24My servant Caleb, who being full of another spirit hath followed me, I will bring into this land which he hath gone round: and his seed shall possess it.

14:25For the Amalecite and the Chanaanite dwell in the valleys. To morrow remove the camp, and return into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.

14:26And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:

14:27How long doth this wicked multitude murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel.

14:28Say therefore to them: As I live, saith the Lord: According as you have spoken in my hearing, so will I do to you.

14:29In the wilderness shall your carcasses lie. All you that were numbered from twenty years old and upward, and have murmured against me,

14:30Shall not enter into the land, over which I lifted up my hand to make you dwell therein, except Caleb the son of Jephone, and Josue the son of Nun.

14:31But your children, of whom you said, that they should be a prey to the enemies, will I bring in: that they may see the land which you have despised.

14:32Your carcasses shall lie in the wilderness.

14:33Your children shall wander in the desert forty years, and shall bear your fornication, until the carcasses of their fathers be consumed in the desert,

14:34According to the number of the forty days, wherein you viewed the land: a year shall be counted for a day. And forty years you shall receive your iniquities, and shall know my revenge:

14:35For as I have spoken, so will I do to all this wicked multitude, that hath risen up together against me: in this wilderness shall it faint away and die.

14:36Therefore all the men, whom Moses had sent to view the land, and who at their return had made the whole multitude to murmur against him, speaking ill of the land that it was naught,

14:37Died and were struck in the sight of the Lord.

14:38But Josue the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephone lived, of all them that had gone to view the land.

14:39And Moses spoke all these words to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned exceedingly.

14:40And behold rising up very early in the morning, they went up to the top of the mountain, and said: We are ready to go up to the place, of which the Lord hath spoken: for we have sinned.

14:41And Moses said to them: Why transgress you the word of the Lord, which shall not succeed prosperously with you?

14:42Go not up, for the Lord is not with you: lest you fall before your enemies.

14:43The Amalecite and the Chanaanite are before you, and by their sword you shall fall, because you would not consent to the Lord, neither will the Lord be with you.

14:44But they being blinded went up to the top of the mountain. But the ark of the testament of the Lord and Moses departed not from the camp.

14:45And the Amalecite came down, and the Chanaanite that dwelt in the mountain: and smiting and slaying them pursued them as far as Horma.



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