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Numbers 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:1 - Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:2 - “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the LORD heard this.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:3 - (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:4 - At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:5 - Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:6 - he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:7 - But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:8 - With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:9 - The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:10 - When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous[fn]—it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:11 - and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:12 - Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:13 - So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:14 - The LORD replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:15 - So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 12:16 - After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran.
NIV Footnotes
The Hebrew for leprous was used for various diseases affecting the skin.

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