Numbers 12:2
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New International Version
"Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard this.

New Living Translation
They said, "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn't he spoken through us, too?" But the LORD heard them.

English Standard Version
And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.

New American Standard Bible
and they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the LORD heard it.

King James Bible
And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said, "Does the LORD speak only through Moses? Does He not also speak through us?" And the LORD heard it.

International Standard Version
They asked, "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn't he also spoken through us?" But the LORD heard it.

NET Bible
They said, "Has the LORD only spoken through Moses? Has he not also spoken through us?" And the LORD heard it.

New Heart English Bible
They said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn't he spoken also with us?" And the LORD heard it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked, "Did the LORD speak only through Moses? Didn't he also speak through us?" The LORD heard their complaint.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said: 'Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath He not spoken also with us?' And the LORD heard it.--

New American Standard 1977
and they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? Has he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? has he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

American King James Version
And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? has he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

American Standard Version
And they said, Hath Jehovah indeed spoken only with Moses? hath he not spoken also with us? And Jehovah heard it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? hath he not also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this,

Darby Bible Translation
And they said, Has Jehovah indeed spoken only to Moses? has he not spoken also to us? And Jehovah heard it.

English Revised Version
And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath he not spoken also with us? And the LORD heard it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoke only by Moses? hath he not spoke also by us? And the LORD heard it.

World English Bible
They said, "Has Yahweh indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn't he spoken also with us?" And Yahweh heard it.

Young's Literal Translation
and they say, 'Only by Moses hath Jehovah spoken? also by us hath he not spoken?' and Jehovah heareth.
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. 3(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)…
Cross References
Numbers 16:3
They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"

Numbers 12:3
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)
Treasury of Scripture

And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? has he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

hath the Lord

Numbers 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, …

Exodus 4:30 And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses, …

Exodus 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus said …

Exodus 7:10 And Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD …

Exodus 15:20,21 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand…

Micah 6:4 For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out …

hath he not

Numbers 11:29 And Moses said to him, Envy you for my sake? would God that all the …

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Romans 12:3,10 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

Philippians 2:3,14 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

and the

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD …

Genesis 29:33 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said, Because the LORD …

2 Samuel 11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his …

2 Kings 19:4 It may be the LORD your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, …

Psalm 94:7-9 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob …

Isaiah 37:4 It may be the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom …

Ezekiel 35:12,13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all …

(2) Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses?--There is probably a reference in these words to the facts related in Exodus 4:10-16, where Moses speaks of his own slowness of speech (Numbers 12:10), and where it is said of Aaron, "And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people" (Numbers 12:16). Miriam also is spoken of in Exodus 15:20 as "the prophetess." "Such is the depravity of human nature," writes Calvin, "that they not only abuse the gifts of God towards the brother whom they despise, but by an ungodly and sacrilegious glorification extol the gifts themselves in such a manner as to hide the Author of the gifts."

Verse 2. - And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? This is evidently not the "speaking against Moses" mentioned in the previous verse, for that is distinctly said to have been on the score of Moses' marriage. This is their justification of themselves for daring to dispute his judgment and arraign his proceedings; a thing which clearly required justification. Moses himself, or more likely others for him, had remonstrated with them on the language they were using. They retorted that Moses had no monopoly of Divine communications; Aaron also received the revelation of God by Urim and Thummim, and Miriam was a prophetess. They were acknowledged in a general sense as sharing with him the leadership of Israel (see Micah 6:4); upon this they meant to found a claim to coordinate authority. They would have had perhaps all matters settled in a family council in which they should have had an equal voice. It was hard for them both to forget that Moses was only their younger brother: for Miriam that she had saved his life as an infant; for Aaron that he had been as prominent as Moses in the original commission from God to the people. And the Lord heard it. In one sense he hears everything; in another sense there are many things which he does not choose to hear, because he does not wish to take judicial notice of them. Thus he had not "heard" the passionate complaints of Moses himself a short time before, because his will was then to pardon, not to punish (cf. Isaiah 42:19; Malachi 3:16). And they said, hath the Lord, indeed spoken only by Moses?.... They own he had spoken by him; this was so notorious that it could not be denied:

hath he not spoken also by us? are we not prophets as well as he? the Lord spake to Aaron while he was in Egypt, and had made him a good spokesman in his name, and bore this testimony of him, that he could speak well, and Miriam is expressly called a prophetess, Exodus 4:14 Exodus 15:20; and this being the case, they stomached it that they should have no concern in the choice and appointment of the seventy elders:

and the Lord heard it; for perhaps this was said secretly between themselves; but God, that sees, and hears, and knows all things, took notice of what was spoken by them, and resented it; for it was ultimately against himself, who had ordered Moses to do what he did. 2. Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not also spoken by us?—The prophetical name and character was bestowed upon Aaron (Ex 4:15, 16) and Miriam (Ex 15:20); and, therefore, they considered the conduct of Moses, in exercising an exclusive authority in this matter, as an encroachment on their rights (Mic 6:4).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.
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