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The Fourth Book of Mosesalso called Numbers
(from middle English, French from the Latin)
The 11th Chapter
And the people complained and it displeased the ears of the Lord. And when the Lord heard it he was wroth, and the fire of the Lord burnt among them and consumed the uttermost of the host. And the people cried unto Moses, and he made intercession unto the Lord and the fire quenched. And they called the name of the place Tabera because the fire of the Lord burnt among them.
And the rascal people that was among them fell a lusting. And the children of Israel also went to and wept and said: who shall give us flesh to eat? we remember the fish which we should eat in Egypt for nought, and of the Cucumbers and melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now our souls are dried away, for our eyes look on nothing else, save upon Manna.
The Manna was as it had been coriander seed, and to see to like Bedellion. And the people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars and baked it in pans and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like unto the taste of an oilcake. And when the dew fell about the host in the night, the manna fell therewith.
And when Moses heard the people weep in their households every man in the door of his tent, then the wrath of the Lord waxed hot exceedingly: and it grieved Moses also. And Moses said unto the Lord: wherefore deal you so cruelly with your servant? wherefore do I not find favor in your sight, seeing that you put the weight of this people upon me? have I conceived all this people, or have I begotten them, that you should say unto me, carry them in your bosom (as a nurse bears the sucking child) unto the land which you swore unto their fathers? where should I have flesh to give unto all this people? For they weep unto me saying: give us flesh that we may eat. I am not able to bear all this people alone, for it is too heavy for me. Wherefore if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, if I have found favor in your sight and let me not see my wretchedness.
And the Lord said unto Moses: gather unto me seventy of the elders of Israel, which you know that they are the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them unto the tabernacle of witness, and let them stand there with you. And I will come down and talk with you there, and take of the spirit which is upon you and put upon them, and they shall bear with you in the burden of the people, and so shall you not bear alone.
And say unto the people: hallow yourselves against tomorrow, that you may eat flesh, for you have whined in the ears of the Lord saying: who shall give us flesh to eat, for we were happy when we were in Egypt? therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and you shall eat: you shall not eat one day only either two or five days, either ten or twenty days: but even a month long, and until it come out at the nostrils of you, that you be ready to parbreak (vomit): because that you have cast the Lord aside which is among you, and have wept before him saying: why came we out of Egypt.
And Moses said: six hundred thousand footmen are there of the people, among which I am. And you have said: I will give them flesh and they shall eat a month long. Shall the sheep and the oxen be slain for them to find them, either shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together to serve them? And the Lord said unto Moses: is the Lords hand waxed short? You shall see whether my word shall come to pass unto you or not.
And Moses went out and told the people the saying of the Lord, and gathered the seventy elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. And the Lord came down in a cloud and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders. And as the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied and did nought else. But there remained two of the men in the host: the one called Eldad, and the other Medad. And the spirit rested upon them for they were of them that were written, but they went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the host.
And there ran a young man and told Moses and said: Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the host. And Josua the son of Nun the servant of Moses which he had chosen out, answered and said: master Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him: envy you for my sake? would God that all the Lords people could prophesy, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them. And then both Moses and the elders of Israel, got them into the host.
And there went forth a wind from the Lord and brought quails from the sea and let them fall about the host, even a days journey round about on every side of the host, and two cubits high upon the earth. And the people stood up all that night and on the morrow, and gathered quails. And he that gathered the least, gathered ten homers full. And they killed them round about the host. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, before it was chewed up, the wrath of the Lord waxed hot upon the people, and the Lord slew of the people an exceeding mighty slaughter. And they called the name of the place, *kibrath hasavah: because they buried the people that lusted there.
And the people took their journey from kibrath hasavah, unto hazeroth, and bode at hazeroth. *kibrath hasavah: the graves of lust
The 12th Chapter
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife of Inde which he had taken: for he had taken to wife one of India. And they said: does the Lord speak only through Moses? does he not speak also by us? And the Lord heard it. But Moses was a very meek man above all the men of the earth. And the Lord spoke at once unto Moses unto Aaron and Miriam: come out you three unto the tabernacle of witness: and they came out all three.
And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle and called Aaron and Miriam. And they went out both of them. And he said: hear my words. If there be a prophet of the Lords among you, I will show myself unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream: But my servant Moses is not so, which is faithful in all mine house. Unto him I speak mouth to mouth and he sees the sight and the fashion of the Lord, and not through riddles. Wherefore then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
And the Lord was angry with them and went his way, and the cloud departed from the tabernacle. And behold, Miriam was become leprous, as it were snow. And when Aaron looked upon Miriam and saw that she was leprous, he said unto Moses: Oh I beseech you my Lord, put not the sin upon us which we have foolishly committed and sinned. Oh, let her not be as one that came dead out of his mothers womb: for half her flesh is eaten away.
And Moses cried unto the Lord saying: Oh God, heal her. And the Lord said unto Moses: If her father had spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out of the host seven days, and after that let her be received in again. And Miriam was shut out of the host seven days: and the people removed not, till she was brought in again. And afterward they removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Pharan.
The 13th Chapter
And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Send men out to search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers a man and let them all be such as are rulers among them. And Moses at the commandment of the Lord sent forth out of the wilderness of Pharan: such men as were all heads among the children of Israel, whose names are these.
In the tribe of Ruben, Sammua the son of Zacur: In the tribe of Simeon, Saphat the son of Hori. In the tribe of Juda, Caleph the son of Jephune. In the tribe of Isachar, Igeal the son of Joseph. In the tribe of Ephraim, Hosea the son of Nun. In the tribe of BenJamin, Palti the son of Raphu. In the tribe of Zabulon, Gadiel the son of Sodi. In the tribe of Joseph: that was of Manasse, Gaddi the son of Susi. In the tribe of Dan, Amiel the son of Gemali. In the tribe of Asser, Sethur the son of Micheel. In the tribe Nephtali, Nahebi the son of Uaphsi. In the tribe of Gad, Guel the son of Machi. These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called the name of Hosea the son of Nun, Josua.
And Moses sent them forth to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them: get you southward and go up into the high country, and see the land what manner thing it is and the people that dwells therein: whether they be strong or weak, either few or many, and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad, and what manner of cities they dwell in: whether they dwell in tents or walled towns, and what manner of land it is: whether it be fat or lean, and whether there be trees therein or not. And be of a good courage, and bring of the fruits of the land. And it was about the time that grapes are first ripe.
And they went up and searched out the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob as men go to Hemath, and they ascended unto the south and came unto Hebron, where Ahiman was and Sefai and Thalmani the sons of Enack. Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt. And they came unto the river of Escol and they cut down there a branch with one cluster of grapes and bare it upon a staff between twain, and also of the pomegranates and of the figs of the place. The river was called Jrehel Escol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down there.
And they turned back again from searching the land, at forty days end. And they went and came to Moses and Aaron and unto all the multitude of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Pharan: even unto Cades, and brought them word and also unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him saying: we came unto the land *whither you send us, and surely it is a land that flows with milk and honey and here is of the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled and exceeding great, and moreover we saw the children of Enack there. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
The Amaleks dwell in the south country, and the Hethites, Jebusites and the Amorites dwell in the mountains, and the Cananites dwell by the sea and along by the coast of Jordan.
And Caleb stilled the murmur of the people against Moses saying: let us go up and conquer it, for we be able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him, said: We be not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we: And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched, unto the children of Israel saying: The land which we have gone through to search it out, is *a land that eats up the inhabiters thereof, and the people that we saw in it are men of stature. And there we saw also giants, the children of Enack which are of the giants. And we seemed in our sight as it were grasshoppers and so we did in their sight. *a land that eats up the inhabiters thereof.. MN eats up, that is suffereth them not to live, but with battle and violence of giants continueth them.
The 14th Chapter
And the multitude cried out, and the people wept throughout that night, and all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron. And the whole congregation said unto them: would God that we had died in the land of Egypt, either we would that we had died in this wilderness. Wherefore has the Lord brought us unto this land to fall upon the sword, that both our wives, and also our children should be a prey? is it not better that we return unto Egypt again? And they said one to another: let us make a captain and return unto Egypt again.
And Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the congregation of the multitude of the children of Israel. And Josua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephune which were of them that searched the land rent their clothes and spoke unto all the company of the children of Israel saying: The land which we walked through to search it, is a very good land. If the Lord have lust to us, he will bring us into this land and give it us, which is a land that flows with milk and honey. But in any wise rebel not against the Lord. Moreover fear you not the people of the land, for they are but bread for us. Their shield is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not therefore.
And all the whole multitude bade stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of witness, unto all the children of Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses: How long shall this people rail upon me, and how long will it be, before they believe me, for all my signs which I have showed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence and destroy them, and will make of you a greater nation and a mightier than they.
And Moses said unto the Lord: then the Egyptians shall hear it, for you brought this people with your might from among them. And it will be told to the inhabiters of this land also, for they have heard likewise, that you the Lord are among this people, and that you are seen face to face, and that your cloud stands over them and that you go before them by day time in a pillar of cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. If you shall kill all this people as they were but one man then the nations which have heard the fame of you, will speak saying: because the Lord was not able to bring in this people into the land which he swore unto them, therefore he slew them in the wilderness.
So now let the power of my Lord be great, according as you have spoken saying: the Lord is long before he be angry, and full of mercy, and suffers sin and trespass, and leaves no man innocent, and visits the unrighteousness of the fathers upon the children, even upon the third and fourth generation, be merciful I beseech you therefore, unto the sin of this people according unto your great mercy, and according as you have forgiven this people from Egypt even unto this place.
And the Lord said: I have forgiven it, according to your request. But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with my glory. For of all those men which have seen my glory and my miracles which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tempted me now this ten times and have not hearkened unto my voice, there shall not one see the land which I swore unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that railed upon me, see it. But my servant Caleb, because there is another manner spirit with him, and because he has followed me unto utmost: him I will bring into the land which he has walked in, and his seed shall conquer it, and also the Amalekites and Cananites which dwell in the low countries. Tomorrow turn you and get you into the wilderness: even the way toward the red sea.
And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron saying: how long shall this evil multitude murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel which they murmur against me. Tell them, that the Lord says: As truly as I live, I will do unto you even as you have spoken in mine ears. Your carcasses shall lie in this wilderness, neither shall any of these numbers which were numbered from twenty years and above of you which have murmured against me come in to the land over which I lifted mine hand to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephune, and Josua the son of Nun.
And your children which you said should be a prey, them I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have refused, and your carcases shall lie in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in this wilderness forty years and suffer for your whoredom until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness, after the number of the days in which you searched out the land forty days, and every day a year: so that they shall bear your unrighteousness forty years, and you shall feel my vengeance I the Lord have said that I will do it unto all this evil congregation that are gathered together against me: even in this wilderness you shall be consumed, and here you shall die.
And the men which Moses sent to search the land, and which (when they came again) made all the people to murmur against it in that they brought up a sclander (scandal/slander) upon the land: died for their bringing up that evil slander upon it, and were plagued before the Lord. But Josua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephune which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still. And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel, and the people took great sorrow.
And they rose up early in the morning and got them up into the top of the mountain saying: lo we be here, and will go up unto the place of which the Lord said, for we have sinned. And Moses said: wherefore will you go on this manner beyond the word of the Lord? it will not come well to pass: go not up for the Lord is not among you that you be not slain before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Cananites are there before you, and you will fall upon the sword: because you are turned away from the Lord, and therefore the Lord will not be with you.
But they were blinded to go up into the hilltop: Never the later, the ark of the testament of the Lord and Moses departed not out of the host. Then the Amalekites and the Cananites which dwelt in that hill, came down and smote them and hewed them: even unto Horma.
The 15th Chapter
And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them: when you be come into the land of your habitation which I give unto you, and will offer an offering upon the fire unto the Lord, whether it be a brurntoffering or a special vow or freewill offering or if it be in your principal feasts to make a sweet savour unto the Lord, of the oxen or of the flock.
Then, let him that offers his offering unto the Lord, bring also a meatoffering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil, and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drinkoffering and offer with the brurntoffering or any other offering when it is a lamb. And unto a ram you shall offer a meatoffering of two tenth deals of flour, mingled with the third part of an hin of oil, and to a drinkoffering you shall offer the third part of an hin of wine, to be a sweet savour unto the Lord.
When you offer an ox to a brurntoffering or in any special vow or peaceoffering unto the Lord, then you shall bring unto an ox, a meatoffering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil. And you shall bring for a drinkoffering half an hin of wine, that is an offering of a sweet savour unto the Lord. This is the manner that shall be done unto one ox, one ram, a lamb or a kid. And according to the number of such offerings, you shall increase the meatofferings and the drinkofferings.
All that are of yourselves shall do these things after this manner, when he offers an offering of sweet savour unto the Lord. And if there be a stranger with you or be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering of a sweet savour unto the Lord: even as you do, so he shall do. One ordinance shall serve both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger. And it shall be an ordinance for ever among your children after you, that the stranger and you shall be like before the Lord. One law and one manner shall serve, both for you and for the stranger that dwells with you.
And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them: when you be come in to the land *whither I will bring you, then when you will eat of the bread of the land, you shall give an heaveoffering unto the Lord. You shall give a cake of the first of your dough unto an heave offering: as you do the heaveoffering of the barn, even so you shall heave it. Of the first of your dough you must give unto the Lord an heaveoffering, throughout your generations. *whither=what ever place, result, or condition.
If you oversee yourselves and observe not all these commandments which the Lord has spoken unto Moses, and all that the Lord has commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the first day forward that the Lord commanded among your generation: when anything is committed ignorantly before the eyes of the congregation, then all the multitude shall offer a calf for a brurntoffering to be a sweet savour unto the Lord, and the meatoffering and the drinkoffering thereto, according to the manner: and an he goat for a sinoffering. And the priest shall make an atonement for all the multitude of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them for it was ignorance. And they shall bring their gifts unto the offering of the Lord, and their sinoffering before the Lord for their ignorance. And it shall be forgiven unto all the multitude of the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that dwells among you: for the ignorance pertains unto all the people. If any one soul sin through ignorance he shall bring a she goat of a year old for a sinoffering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinned ignorantly with the sinoffering before the Lord and reconcile him, and it shall be forgiven him. And both you that are born one of the children of Israel and the stranger that dwells among you shall have both one law, if you sin through ignorance.
And the soul that does anything presumptuously, whether he be an Israelite or a stranger, the same has despised the Lord. And that soul shall be destroyed from among his people, because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken his commandments, that soul therefore shall perish and his sin shall be upon him.
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks upon the Sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks, brought him unto Moses and Aaron and unto all the congregation: and they put him in ward, for it was not declared what should be done unto him. And the Lord said unto Moses: the man shall die: let all the multitude stone him with stones without the host. And all the multitude brought him without the host and stoned him with stones, and he died as the Lord commanded Moses.
And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel and bid them, that they make them guards upon the quarters of their garments throughout their generations, and let them make the guards of ribbons of Jacinth. And the guard shall be unto you to look upon it, that you remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them: that you seek not a way after your own hearts and after your own eyes, for to go a whoring after them: but that you remember and do all my commandments and be holy unto your God, for I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. I am the Lord God.
The 16th Chapter
And Corah the son of Jezehar the son of Cahas the son of Levi and Dathan and Abiram the son of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, the son of Ruben: stood up before Moses, with other of the children of Israel two hundred and fifty, heads of the congregation, and counsellors, and men of fame, and they gathered them selves together against Moses and Aaron and said unto them: you have done enough. For all the multitude are holy every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why therefore heave you our selves up above the congregation of the Lord.
When Moses heard it, he fell upon his face and spoke unto Corah and unto all his company saying: tomorrow the Lord will show who is his and who is holy, and will take them unto him, and whom so ever he has chosen, he will cause to come to him. This do: take firepans, you Corah and all your company, and do fire therein and put cense thereto before the Lord tomorrow: And then whomsoever the Lord does chose, the same is holy. you make enough to do you children of Levi.
And Moses said unto Corah: hear you children of Levi, Seem it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel has separated you from the multitude of Israel to bring you to him, to do the service of the dwelling place of the Lord, and to stand before the people to minister unto them? he has taken you to him and all your brethren the sons of Levi with you, and you seek the office of the priest also. For which cause both you and all your company are gathered together against the Lord: for what is Aaron, that you should murmur against him.
And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they answered: we will not come. Seem it a small thing unto you that you have brought us out of a land that flows with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness. But that you should reign over us also? More over you have brought us unto no land that flows with milk and honey, neither have given us possessions of fields or of vines. Either will you pull out the eyes of these men? we will not come.
And Moses waxed very angry and said unto the Lord: Turn not unto their offerings. I have not taken so much as an ass from them, neither have vexed any of them. Then Moses said unto Corah: Be you and all your company before the Lord: both you they and Aaron tomorrow. And take every man his censer and put cense in them, and come before the Lord every man with his censer: two hundred and fifty censers, and Aaron with his censer. And they took every man his censer and put fire in them and laid cense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of witness, and Moses and Aaron also. And Corah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of witness.
And the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron saying: separate yourselves from this congregation, that I may consume them at once. And they fell upon their faces and said: O most mighty God of the spirits of all flesh, one man has sinned, and will you be wroth with all the multitude? And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the congregation and say: Get you away from about the dwelling of Corah, Dathan and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spoke unto the congregation saying: depart from the tents of these wicked men and touch nothing of theirs: least you perish in all their sins. And they got them from the dwelling of Corah, Dathan and Abiram, on every side. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood in the door of their tents with their wives, their sons and their children.
And Moses said: Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that I have not done them of mine own mind: If these men die the common death of all men or if they be visited after the visitation of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. But and if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth and swallow them and all that pertain unto them, so that they go down quick in to hell: then you shall understand, that these men have railed upon the Lord. And as soon as he had made an end of speaking all these words, the ground clove asunder that was under them, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them and their houses and all the men that were with Corah and all their goods. And they and all that pertained unto them, went down alive unto hell, and the earth closed upon them, and they perished from among the congregation. And all Israel that were about them, fled at the cry of them. For they said: The earth might happily swallow us also. And there came out a fire from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered cense.
And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Speak unto Eleazer the son of Aaron the priest and let him take up the censers out of the burning and scatter the fire here and there, for the censers of these sinners are hallowed in their deaths: and let them be beaten into thin plates and fastened upon the altar. For they offered them before the Lord, and therefore they are holy and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.
And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers which they that were burnt had offered, and beat them and fastened them upon the altar, to be a remembrance unto the children of Israel, that no stranger which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer cense before the Lord, that he be not made like unto Corah and his company: as the Lord said unto him by the hand of Moses.
And on the morrow all the multitude of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron saying: you have killed the people of the Lord. And when the multitude was gathered against Moses and Aaron, they looked toward the tabernacle of witness. And behold, the cloud had covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared. And Moses and Aaron went before the tabernacle of witness. And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Get you from this congregation, that I may consume them quickly. And they fell upon their faces.
And Moses said unto Aaron: take a censer and put fire therein out of the altar, and pour on cense, and go quickly unto the congregation and make an atonement for them. For there is wrath gone out from the Lord, and there is a plague begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded him, and ran unto the congregation: and behold, the plague was begun among the people, and he put on cense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead, and them that were alive, and the plague ceased. And the number of them that died in the plague, were fourteen thousand and seven hundred: beside them that died about the business of Corah. And Aaron went again unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of witness, and the plague ceased.
The 17th Chapter
And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: speak unto the children of Israel and take of them, for every principal house a rod, of their princes over the houses of their fathers: even twelve rods, and write every mans name upon his rod. And write Aarons name upon the staff of Levi: for every headman over the houses of their fathers shall have a rod. And put them in the tabernacle of witness where I will meet you. And his rod whom I chose, shall blossom: So I will make cease from me the grudgings of the children of Israel which they grudge against you.
And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, and all the princes gave him for every prince over their fathers houses, a rod: even twelve rods, and the rod of Aaron was among the rods. And Moses put the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness. And on the morrow, Moses went into the tabernacle: and behold, the rod of Aaron of the house of Levi was budded and bare blossoms and almonds. And Moses brought out all the staves from before the Lord, unto all the children of Israel, and they looked upon them, and took every man his staff.
And the Lord said unto Moses: bring Aarons rod again before the witness to be kept for a token unto the children of rebellion, that their murmurings may cease from me, that they die not. And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses saying: behold, we are destroyed and all come to nought: for whosoever comes near the dwelling of the Lord, dies. Shall we utterly consume away?
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