And said to them, Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, for you are a stiff-necked people, lest I destroy you on the way.
For the Lord had said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, You are a stiff-necked people! If I should come among you for one moment, I would consume and destroy you. Now therefore [penitently] leave off your ornaments, that I may know what to do with you.
I will smite them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and will make of you [Moses] a nation greater and mightier than they.
Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And Moses and Aaron fell on their faces.
Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heavens; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.
So I fell down and lay prostrate before the Lord forty days and nights because the Lord had said He would destroy you.
Why should the Egyptians say, For evil He brought them forth, to slay them in the mountains and consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and change Your mind concerning this evil against Your people.
Lest the land from which You brought us out say, Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.
Now if You kill all this people as one man, then the nations that have heard Your fame will say,
Even in Horeb you provoked the Lord to wrath, and the Lord was so angry with you that He would have destroyed you.
For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure which the Lord held against you, enough to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me that time also.
Therefore He said He would destroy them. [And He would have done so] had not Moses, His chosen one, stepped into the breach before Him to turn away His threatening wrath.
And the Lord was very angry with Aaron, angry enough to have destroyed him, and I prayed for Aaron also at the same time.
Lest I strip her naked and make her as in the day she was born, and make her as a wilderness and set her like a parched land and slay her with thirst.
And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us; let us go, we pray you, three days' journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.
But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.