Numbers 20

Bani-Israel, even the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month: and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Maryam died there, and was buried there.

2There was no water for the congregation: and they assembled themselves together against Musa and against Harun. 3The people strove with Musa, and spoke, saying, Would that we had died when our brothers died before Allah! 4Why have you brought the assembly of Allah into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our animals? 5Why have you made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in to 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.

6Musa and Harun went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tent of meeting, and fell on their faces: and the glory of Allah appeared to them. 7Allah spoke to Musa, saying, 8Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you, and Harun your brother, and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it give forth its water; and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their cattle drink.

9Musa took the rod from before Allah, as he commanded him. 10Musa and Harun gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, Hear now, you rebels; shall we bring you forth water out of this rock? 11Musa lifted up his hand, and struck the rock with his rod twice: and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their cattle.

12Allah said to Musa and Harun, Because you did not believe in me, to sanctify me in the eyes of Bani-Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.

13These are the waters of Meribah; because Bani-Israel strove with Allah, and he was sanctified in them.

14Musa sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, Thus says your brother Israel, You know all the trouble that has happened to us: 15how our fathers went down into Egypt, and we lived in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and our fathers: 16and when we cried to Allah, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city on your border. 17Please let us pass through your land: we will not pass through field or through vineyard, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go along the king’s highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed your border.

18Edom said to him, You shall not pass through me, lest I come out with the sword against you.

19Bani-Israel said to him, We will go up by the highway; and if we drink of your water, I and my cattle, then will I give the price of it: let me only, without doing anything else, pass through on my feet.

20He said, You shall not pass through. Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand. 21Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: why Israel turned away from him.

22They traveled from Kadesh: and Bani-Israel, even the whole congregation, came to Mount Hor. 23Allah spoke to Musa and Harun in Mount Hor, by the border of the land of Edom, saying, 24Harun shall be gathered to his people; for he shall not enter into the land which I have given to Bani-Israel, because you rebelled against my word at the waters of Meribah. 25Take Harun and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor; 26and strip Harun of his garments, and put them on Eleazar his son: and Harun shall be gathered to his people, and shall die there.

27Musa did as Allah commanded: and they went up into Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 28Musa stripped Harun of his garments, and put them on Eleazar his son; and Harun died there on the top of the mountain: and Musa and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29When all the congregation saw that Harun was dead, they wept for Harun thirty days, even all the house of Israel.


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