Numbers 12:1
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New International Version
Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.

New Living Translation
While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman.

English Standard Version
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman.

New American Standard Bible
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);

King James Bible
And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he married (for he had married a Cushite woman).

International Standard Version
Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses on account of the Cushite woman that he had married.

NET Bible
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married (for he had married an Ethiopian woman).

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Miriam and Aaron began to criticize Moses because he was married to a woman from Sudan.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman.

New American Standard 1977
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had taken; for he had taken an Ethiopian woman.

King James 2000 Bible
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

American King James Version
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

American Standard Version
And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the Ethiopian,

Darby Bible Translation
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had taken; for he had taken a Cushite as wife.

English Revised Version
And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married: for he had married a Cushite woman.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married: for he had married a Cushite woman.

World English Bible
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman.

Young's Literal Translation
And Miriam speaketh -- Aaron also -- against Moses concerning the circumstance of the Cushite woman whom he had taken: for a Cushite woman he had taken;
Study Bible
The Murmuring of Miriam and Aaron
1Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); 2and they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the LORD heard it.…
Word Study

And Miriam
Miryam  (meer-yawm')
rebelliously; Mirjam, the name of two Israelitesses -- Miriam.

and Aaron
'Aharown  (a-har-one')
Aharon, the brother of Moses -- Aaron.

spake
dabar  (daw-bar')
perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue

against Moses
Mosheh  (mo-sheh')
drawing out (of the water), i.e. rescued; Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver -- Moses.

because of
'owdowth  (o-doth')
turnings (i.e. occasions); (adverb) on account of -- (be-)cause, concerning, sake.

the Ethiopian
Kuwshiyth  (koo-sheeth')
a Cushite woman -- Ethiopian.

woman
'ishshah  (ish-shaw')
irregular plural, nashiym {naw-sheem'}; a woman

whom he had married
laqach  (law-kakh')
to take (in the widest variety of applications)

for he had married
laqach  (law-kakh')
to take (in the widest variety of applications)

an Ethiopian
Kuwshiyth  (koo-sheeth')
a Cushite woman -- Ethiopian.

woman
'ishshah  (ish-shaw')
irregular plural, nashiym {naw-sheem'}; a woman

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:1-9 The patience of Moses was tried in his own family, as well as by the people. The pretence was, that he had married a foreign wife; but probably their pride was hurt, and their envy stirred up, by his superior authority. Opposition from our near relations, and from religious friends, is most painful. But this is to be looked for, and it will be well if in such circumstances we can preserve the gentleness and meekness of Moses. Moses was thus fitted to the work he was called to. God not only cleared Moses, but praised him. Moses had the spirit of prophecy in a way which set him far above all other prophets; yet he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he; and our Lord Jesus infinitely excels him, Heb 3:1. Let Miriam and Aaron consider whom it was they insulted. We have reason to be afraid of saying or doing any thing against the servants of God. And those are presumptuous indeed who are not afraid to speak evil of dignities, 2Pe 2:10. The removal of God's presence is the surest and saddest token of God's displeasure. Woe to us, if he depart! he never departs, till by sin and folly we drive him from us.
Cross References
Exodus 2:21
Moses was willing to dwell with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses.

Numbers 14:22
"Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,
Treasury of Scripture

And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Miriam

Matthew 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

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John 7:5 For neither did his brothers believe in him.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater …

Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Ethiopian or Cushite

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married. Heb. taken

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