of the Israelites in the wilderness in consequence of their rebellious fears to enter the Promised Land (Nu 14:26-35). They wandered for forty years before they were permitted to cross the Jordan (Jos 4:19; 5:6).
The record of these wanderings is given in Nu 33:1-49. Many of the stations at which they camped cannot now be identified.
Questions of an intricate nature have been discussed regarding the "Wanderings," but it is enough for us to take the sacred narrative as it stands, and rest assured that "He led them forth by the right way" (Ps 107:1-7,33-35). (See Wilderness.)
And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. read more. Say to them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you: Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land concerning which I swore to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your lewd deeds, until your carcasses shall be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days (each day for a year) shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. I the LORD have said, I will surely do it to all this evil congregation, that are gathered against me: in this wilderness, they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
These are the journeys of the children of Israel, who went forth from the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD: and these are their journeys according to their goings out. read more. And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. For the Egyptians buried all their first-born, whom the LORD had smitten among them: upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments. And the children of Israel removed from Rameses, and encamped in Succoth. And they departed from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness. And they removed from Etham, and turned again to Pi-hahiroth, which is before Baal-zephon: and they encamped before Migdol. And they departed from before Pi-hahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness, and went three days' journey in the wilderness of Etham, and encamped in Marah. And they removed from Marah, and came to Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and seventy palm-trees; and they encamped there. And they removed from Elim, and encamped by the Red sea. And they removed from the Red sea, and encamped in the wilderness of Sin. And they took their journey out of the wilderness of Sin, and encamped in Dophkah. And they departed from Dophkah, and encamped in Alush. And they removed from Alush, and encamped at Rephidim, where was no water for the people to drink. And they departed from Rephidim, and encamped in the wilderness of Sinai. And they removed from the desert of Sinai, and encamped at Kibroth-hattaavah. And they departed from Kibroth-hattaavah, and encamped at Hazeroth. And they departed from Hazeroth, and encamped in Rithmah. And they departed from Rithmah, and encamped at Rimmon-parez. And they departed from Rimmon-parez, and encamped in Libnah. And they removed from Libnah, and encamped at Rissah. And they journeyed from Rissah, and encamped in Kehelathah. And they went from Kehelathah, and encamped in mount Shapher. And they removed from mount Shapher, and encamped in Haradah. And they removed from Haradah, and encamped in Makheloth. And they removed from Makheloth, and encamped at Tahath. And they departed from Tahath, and encamped at Tarah. And they removed from Tarah, and encamped in Mithcah. And they went from Mithcah, and encamped in Hashmonah. And they departed from Hashmonah, and encamped at Moseroth. And they departed from Moseroth, and encamped in Bene-jaakan. And they removed from Bene-jaakan, and encamped at Hor-hagidgad. And they went from Hor-hagidgad, and encamped in Jotbathah. And they removed from Jotbathah, and encamped at Ebronah. And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Ezion-gaber. And they removed from Ezion-gaber, and encamped in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh. And they removed from Kadesh, and encamped in mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom. And Aaron the priest ascended mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel departed from the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month. And Aaron was a hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor. And king Arad the Canaanite who dwelt in the south in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel. And they departed from mount Hor, and encamped in Zalmonah. And they departed from Zalmonah, and encamped in Punon. And they departed from Punon, and encamped in Oboth. And they departed from Oboth, and encamped in Ije-abarim, in the border of Moab. And they departed from Iim, and encamped in Dibon-gad. And they removed from Dibon-gad, and encamped in Almon-diblathaim. And they removed from Almon-diblathaim, and encamped on the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo. And they departed from the mountains of Abarim, and encamped in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho. And they encamped by Jordan, from Beth-jeshimoth even to Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.
And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.
For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war who came out of Egypt were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: to whom the LORD swore that he would not show them the land which the LORD swore to their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; read more. And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the water-springs into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell in it. read more. He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into water-springs.