Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
And your children will be wanderers in the waste land for forty years, undergoing punishment for your false ways, till your bodies become dust in the waste land.
Then the Lord was angry with Israel, and he made them wanderers in the waste land for forty years? till all that generation who had done evil in the eyes of the Lord was dead.
Now in the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses gave to the children of Israel all the orders which the Lord had given him for them;
Thirty-eight years had gone by from the time when we came away from Kadesh-barnea till we went over the stream Zered; by that time all the generation of the men of war among us were dead, as the Lord had said.
When your fathers put me to the test, and saw my works for forty years.
The fear of the Lord is the start of knowledge: but the foolish have no use for wisdom and teaching.
There is wrong on wrong, deceit on deceit; they have given up the knowledge of me, says the Lord.
And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil.
And because they had not the mind to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them up to an evil mind, to do those things which are not right;
And they went on sinning against him even more, turning away from the Most High in the waste land;