Numbers 20:4
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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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
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?

Numbers 20:4 Parallel
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Keil 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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Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:

Exodus 5:21 And they said to them, The LORD look on you, and judge; because you have made our smell to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh...

Exodus 17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said...

Psalm 106:21 They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt;

Acts 7:35,39,40 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge...

that we

Numbers 16:13,14,41 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land that flows with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness...

Exodus 14:11,12 And they said to Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness...

Exodus 16:3 And the children of Israel said to them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt...

Cross References
Exodus 17:3
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?"

Numbers 14:2
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!

Judges 11:16
but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.

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