“For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.
And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.
The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness.
So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the entire generation of those who had done evil in the sight of the Lord was destroyed.
In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that the Lord had commanded him to give to them,
Now the time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
Why, O Lord, do You cause us to stray from Your ways And harden our heart from fearing You? Return for the sake of Your servants, the tribes of Your heritage.
“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, And saw My works for forty years.