The Israelis told them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in the land of Egypt when we sat by the cooking pots, when we ate bread until we were filled because you brought us to this desert to kill this entire congregation with hunger."
Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey, but I won't go up among you, because you are an obstinate people, and otherwise I might consume you along the way."
The LORD had told Moses, "Say to the Israelis, "You are an obstinate people, and if for one moment I went up among you, I would put an end to you. Now take off your ornaments so I may decide what to do with you.'"
"That's why I'm going to attack them with pestilence and disinherit them. Instead, I'll make you a great nation even mightier than they are!"
"Separate yourselves from among this community, and I'll destroy them in a moment."
"Leave this community, so I can annihilate them in a moment."
Let me alone! I will destroy them and blot out their name under heaven. Then I'll make you into a nation that will be mighty and more numerous than they are.'
I fell down in the LORD's presence for 40 days and nights, because the LORD said he was ready to destroy you.
Why should the Egyptians say, "He brought them out with an evil intention to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your anger and change your mind about the calamity against your people.
Otherwise, the people of the land from which you brought us will say, "The LORD wasn't able to bring them out of the land that he had promised them. So he brought them out to kill them in the desert because he hated them."
But if you slaughter this people all at the same time, then the nations who heard about your fame will say,
At Horeb you continually rebelled against the LORD, so that he was angry enough to destroy you.
I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD against you, because he was irate enough to destroy you. But the LORD also listened to me at that time.
He would have destroyed them but for Moses, his chosen one, who stood in the breach before him to avert his destructive wrath.
It was as had been the case with Aaron, the LORD was very angry and about to destroy him, but I prayed for Aaron at that time.
Otherwise, I'll strip her naked as she was on the day she was born make her like a wilderness, turn her into a parched land, and cause her to die of thirst.
Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God so he does not strike us with pestilence or sword."
but if you refuse and rebel, you'll be devoured by the sword, because the LORD has spoken."