New International Version
And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
King James Bible
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
Darby Bible Translation
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return to Egypt.
World English Bible
They said one to another, "Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt."
Young's Literal Translation
And they say one unto another, 'Let us appoint a head, and turn back to Egypt.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let us make a captain - Here was a formal renunciation of the authority of Moses, and flat rebellion against God. And it seems from Nehemiah 9:17 that they had actually appointed another leader, under whose direction they were about to return to Egypt. How astonishing is this! Their lives were made bitter, because of the rigor with which they were made to serve in the land of Egypt; and yet they are willing, yea eager, to get back into the same circumstances again! Great evils, when once some time past, affect the mind less than present ills, though much inferior. They had partly forgot their Egyptian bondage, and now smart under a little discouragement, having totally lost sight of their high calling, and of the power and goodness of God.
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'Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.' --NUM. xiv. 19. See how in this story a divine threat is averted and a divine promise is broken, thus revealing a standing law that these in Scripture are conditional. This striking incident of Moses' intercession suggests to us some thoughts as to I. The ground of the divine forgiveness. The appeal is not based on anything in the people. …
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They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,
Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.
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