Numbers 20:4
New International Version
Why did you bring the LORD’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here?

New Living Translation
Why have you brought the congregation of the LORD’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock?

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?

Berean Study Bible
Why have you brought the LORD’s assembly into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?

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?

New King James Version
Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?

New American Standard Bible
Why then have you brought the LORD’S assembly into this wilderness, for us and our livestock to die here?

NASB 1995
“Why then have you brought the LORD’S assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here?

NASB 1977
“Why then have you brought the LORD’S assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here?

Amplified Bible
Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness to die here, we and our livestock?

Christian Standard Bible
Why have you brought the LORD’s assembly into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why have you brought the LORD’s assembly into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?

American Standard Version
And why have ye brought the assembly of Jehovah into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our beasts?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why have you brought the assembly of LORD JEHOVAH to this wilderness that we should die here, we and our animals?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And wherefore have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, to kill us and our cattle?

Contemporary English Version
You brought us into this desert, and now we and our livestock are going to die!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why have you brought out the church of the Lord into the wilderness, that both we and our cattle should die?

Good News Translation
Why have you brought us out into this wilderness? Just so that we can die here with our animals?

International Standard Version
Why did you bring the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness? So we and our cattle could die here?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And why have ye brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, to die there, we and our cattle?

Literal Standard Version
And why have you brought in the assembly of YHWH to this wilderness to die there, we and our beasts?

New American Bible
Why have you brought the LORD’s assembly into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?

NET Bible
Why have you brought up the LORD's community into this wilderness? So that we and our cattle should die here?

New Revised Standard Version
Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?

New Heart English Bible
Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our animals?

World English Bible
Why have you brought the assembly of Yahweh into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our animals?

Young's Literal Translation
and why have ye brought in the assembly of Jehovah unto this wilderness to die there, we and our beasts?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Water from the Rock
3The people quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had perished with our brothers before the LORD! 4Why have you brought the LORD’s assembly into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here? 5Why have you led us up out of Egypt to bring us to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain, figs, vines, or pomegranates—and there is no water to drink!”…

Cross References
Exodus 17:3
But the people thirsted for water there, and they grumbled against Moses: "Why have you brought us out of Egypt--to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?"

Numbers 14:2
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this wilderness!

Judges 11:16
But when Israel came up out of Egypt, they traveled through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh.


Treasury of Scripture

And why have you brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

why

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 garlick:

Exodus 5:21
And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

Exodus 17:3
And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

that we

Numbers 16:13,14,41
Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? …

Exodus 14:11,12
And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? …

Exodus 16:3
And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.











Verse 4. - Why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness? These words are almost exactly repeated from Exodus 17:3. They, and those which follow, are no doubt out of place if considered as expressing the feelings of the great bulk of the people, who had no knowledge of Egypt, and had grown up in the wilderness. But on such occasions it is always the few who put words into the months of the many, and the ringleaders in this gainsaying would naturally be the survivors of the elder generation, whose dis. position was exactly the same as ever, and who had always shown a remarkable want of originality in their complaints.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Why
וְלָמָ֤ה (wə·lā·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

have you brought
הֲבֵאתֶם֙ (hă·ḇê·ṯem)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

the LORD’s
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

assembly
קְהַ֣ל (qə·hal)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6951: Assembly, convocation, congregation

into
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

this
הַזֶּ֑ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

wilderness
הַמִּדְבָּ֖ר (ham·miḏ·bār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

for us
אֲנַ֖חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's 587: We

and our livestock
וּבְעִירֵֽנוּ׃ (ū·ḇə·‘î·rê·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1165: Beasts, cattle

to die
לָמ֣וּת (lā·mūṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

here?
שָׁ֔ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither


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