The Murmuring of Miriam and Aaron
1And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the Ethiopian, 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, 3(For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth) 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, 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,
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.
7But it is not so with my servant Moses who is most faithful in all my house:
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?
9And being angry with them he went away: 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, 11He said to Moses: I beseech thee, my lord, lay not upon us this sin, which we have foolishly committed: 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. 13And Moses cried to the Lord, saying: O God, I beseech thee heal her. 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 after wards she shall be called again. 15Mary therefore was put out of the camp seven days : and the people moved not from that place until Mary was called again.
16And the people marched from Haseroth, and pitched their tents in the desert of Pharan.