Números 20

1 And the sons of Israel, even the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month: and the people remained in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

3 And the people strove with Moses, and spoke, saying, Oh that we had died when our brothers died before Yahweh!

4 And why have you{+} brought the assembly of Yahweh into this wilderness, that we should die there, we and our beasts?

5 And why have you{+} made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in to this evil place? It is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tent of meeting, and fell on their faces: and the glory of Yahweh appeared to them.

7 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

8 Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you, and Aaron your brother, and you{+} speak to the rock before their eyes, that it give forth its water; and you will bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you will give the congregation and their cattle to drink.

9 And Moses took the rod from before Yahweh, as he commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, Hear now, you{+} rebels; shall we bring you{+} forth water out of this rock?

11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and struck the rock with his rod twice: and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their cattle.

12 And Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron, Because you{+} didn't believe in me, to sanctify me in the eyes of the sons of Israel, therefore you{+} will not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.

13 These are the waters of Meribah; because the sons of Israel strove with Yahweh, and he was sanctified in them.

14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, Thus says your brother Israel, You know all the travail that has befallen us:

15 how our fathers went down into Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and our fathers:

16 and when we cried to Yahweh, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and brought us forth out of Egypt: and, look, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of your border.

17 Let us pass, I pray you, through your land: we will not pass through field or through vineyard, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go along the king's highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed your border.

18 And Edom said to him, You will not pass through me, or else I will come out with the sword against you.

19 And the sons of Israel said to him, We will go up by the highway; and if we drink of your water, I and my cattle, then I will give its price: let me only, without [doing] anything [else], pass through on my feet.

20 And he said, You will not pass through. And Edom came out against him with many people, and with a strong hand.

21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: therefore Israel turned away from him.

22 And they journeyed from Kadesh: and the sons of Israel, even the whole congregation, came to mount Hor.

23 And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the border of the land of Edom, saying,

24 Aaron will be gathered to his people; for he will not enter into the land which I have given to the sons of Israel, because you{+} rebelled against my word at the waters of Meribah.

25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to mount Hor;

26 and strip Aaron of his garments, and put them on Eleazar his son: and Aaron will be gathered [to his people], and will die there.

27 And Moses did as Yahweh commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them on Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they wept for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.