Some wandered in the desolate wilderness,
finding no way to a city where they could live.
For the Israelites wandered in the wilderness 40 years until all the nation’s men of war who came out of Egypt had died off because they did not obey the Lord. So the Lord vowed never to let them see the land He had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
The Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness 40 years until the whole generation that had done what was evil in the Lord’s sight was gone.
You will bear the consequences of your sins 40 years based on the number of the 40 days that you scouted the land, a year for each day. You will know My displeasure.
‘You’ve been traveling around this hill country long enough; turn north.
I have sought You with all my heart;
don’t let me wander from Your commands.
The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this immense wilderness. The Lord your God has been with you this past 40 years, and you have lacked nothing.’
He found him in a desolate land,
in a barren, howling wilderness;
He surrounded him, cared for him,
and protected him as the pupil of His eye.
I led you 40 years in the wilderness; your clothes and the sandals on your feet did not wear out;
People will stagger from sea to sea
and roam from north to east,
seeking the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow,
an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
Pharaoh will say of the Israelites: They are wandering around the land in confusion; the wilderness has boxed them in.
2 Timothy 4:4
They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.
All the Israelites complained about Moses and Aaron, and the whole community told them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this wilderness!
Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
Remember that the Lord your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.
“As you see, the Lord has kept me alive these 45 years as He promised, since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, 85 years old.
Your clothing did not wear out, and your feet did not swell these 40 years.
The man who strays from the way of wisdom
will come to rest
in the assembly of the departed spirits.
You Yourself have recorded my wanderings.
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your records?
How long will you turn here and there,
For the Lord creates something new in the land—
a female will shelter a man.
wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameful deeds; wandering stars for whom the blackness of darkness is reserved forever!
My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back,
A man found him there, wandering in the field, and asked him, “What are you looking for?”
The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”“From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.”
They scavenge for food;
they growl if they are not satisfied.
Like a bird fleeing,
forced from the nest,
the daughters of Moab
will be at the fords of the Arnon.
Like wandering gazelles
and like sheep without a shepherd,
each one will turn to his own people,
each one will flee to his own land.
Who provides the raven’s food
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?
If you work the ground, it will never again give you its yield. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
“If you see your brother’s ox or sheep straying, you must not ignore it; make sure you return it to your brother.
let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.
“I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?
You are to respond by saying in the presence of the Lord your God:My father was a wandering Aramean. He went down to Egypt with a few people and lived there. There he became a great, powerful, and populous nation.
Then you will say within yourself,
‘Who fathered these for me?
I was deprived of my children and unable to conceive,
exiled and wandering—
but who brought them up?
See, I was left by myself—
but these, where did they come from?’”
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.