English Standard Version
Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle?
King James Bible
And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
American Standard Version
And why have ye brought the assembly of Jehovah into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our beasts?
Why have you brought out the church of the Lord into the wilderness, that both we and our cattle should die?
English Revised Version
And why have ye brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our cattle?
Webster's Bible Translation
And why have ye brought the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Ceremony of purification. They were to take for the unclean person some of the dust of the burning of the cow, i.e., some of the ashes obtained by burning the cow, and put living, i.e., fresh water (see Leviticus 14:5), upon it in a vessel. A clean man was then to take a bunch of hyssop (see Exodus 12:22), on account of its inherent purifying power, and dip it in the water, on the third and seventh day after the defilement had taken place, and to sprinkle the tent, with the vessels and persons in it, as well as every one who had touched a corpse, whether a person slain, or one who had died a natural death, or a grave; after which the persons were to wash their clothes and bathe, that they might be clean in the evening. As the uncleanness in question is held up as the highest grade of uncleanness, by its duration being fixed at seven days, i.e., an entire week, so the appointment of a double purification with the sprinkling water shows the force of the uncleanness to be removed; whilst the selection of the third and seventh days was simply determined by the significance of the numbers themselves. In Numbers 19:20, the threat of punishment for the neglect of purification is repeated from Numbers 19:13, for the purpose of making it most emphatic.
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But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.
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