Numbers 12
Good News Translation

Miriam Is Punished

1Moses had married a Cushite+ woman, and Miriam and Aaron criticized him for it. 2They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through+ Moses? Hasn't he also spoken through+ us?” The Lord heard what they said. ( 3 Moses was a humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth.)

4Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “I want the three of you to come out to the Tent of my presence.” They went, 5and the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud, stood at the entrance of the Tent, and called out, “Aaron! Miriam!” The two of them stepped forward, 6and the Lord said, “Now hear what I have to say! When there are prophets among you,+ I reveal myself to them in visions and speak to them in dreams. 7 It is different when I speak with my servant Moses; I have put him in charge of all my people Israel.+ 8So I speak to him face-to-face, clearly and not in riddles; he has even seen my form! How dare you speak against my servant Moses?”

9The Lord was angry with them; and so as he departed 10and the cloud left the Tent, Miriam's skin was suddenly covered with a dreaded disease and turned as white as snow. When Aaron looked at her and saw that she was covered with the disease, 11he said to Moses, “Please, sir, do not make us suffer this punishment for our foolish sin. 12Don't let her become like something born dead with half its flesh eaten away.”

13So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, heal her!”

14 The Lord answered, “If her father had spit in her face, she would have to bear her disgrace for seven days. So let her be shut out of the camp for a week, and after that she can be brought back in.” 15Miriam was shut out of the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until she was brought back in. 16Then they left Hazeroth and set up camp in the wilderness of Paran.


12.1: Cushite (compare Hb 3.7); or Midianite; or Ethiopian.
12.2: through; or to.
12.2: through; or to.
12.6: Some ancient translations When … you; Hebrew unclear.
12.7: I have put … Israel; or he can be trusted with all my affairs.

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