Numbers 14:4
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New International Version
And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."

New Living Translation
Then they plotted among themselves, "Let's choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!"

English Standard Version
And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

New American Standard Bible
So they said to one another, "Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt."

King James Bible
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they said to one another, "Let's appoint a leader and go back to Egypt."

International Standard Version
Then they told each other, "Let's assign a leader and go back to Egypt."

NET Bible
So they said to one another, "Let's appoint a leader and return to Egypt."

New Heart English Bible
They said one to another, "Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They said to each other, "Let's choose a leader and go back to Egypt."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said one to another: 'Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.'

New American Standard 1977
So they said to one another, “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said one to another, Let us choose a leader, and let us return into Egypt.

American King James Version
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

American Standard Version
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said one to another: Let us appoint a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Darby Bible Translation
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return to Egypt.

English Revised Version
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

World English Bible
They said one to another, "Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt."

Young's Literal Translation
And they say one unto another, 'Let us appoint a head, and turn back to Egypt.'
Study Bible
The People Rebel
3"Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" 4So they said to one another, "Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt." 5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 9:17
"They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.

Numbers 14:5
Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people …

Deuteronomy 28:68 And the LORD shall bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the …

Nehemiah 9:16,17 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, …

Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.

Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

Hebrews 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they …

2 Peter 2:21,22 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, …

Verse 4. - Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Although this was only proposed in the wildness of their distress, yet it was a height of rebellion to which they had never risen before. They had lamented that they had not died in Egypt, and they had wished themselves back in Egypt, but they had never proposed to take any overt steps towards returning thither. Nothing less than an entire and deliberate revolt was involved in the wish to elect a captain for themselves, for the angel of the covenant was the Captain of the Lord's host (Joshua 5:14, 15). The proposal to depose him, and to choose another in his place, marked the extremity of the despair, the unbelief, and the ingratitude of the people. And they said one to another, let us make a captain,.... An head over them instead of Moses, who they knew would never take the government and care of them, should they resolve to return to Egypt as they proposed, and besides were now so disaffected to him, that they might not care he should. Captains they had over their several tribes, but they chose to have one chief commander and general over them all; Nehemiah says they did appoint one; which they either actually did, or this proposal was interpreted as if really put in execution, they being so desirous of it, and bent upon it; wherefore their will is taken for the deed, and so understood; see Nehemiah 9:17,

and let us return into Egypt: which was downright madness, as some interpreters have justly observed; they must not only expect to be deserted by Moses, through whose means so many miracles had been wrought for them, and who was so wise and faithful a governor of them; and by Aaron their priest, who offered their sacrifices, and prayed for them, and blessed them; and by such a valiant general as Joshua, who had fought for them against their enemies; but by the Lord himself, so that they could not expect the manna to be continued as food for them, nor the pillar of cloud and fire as a guide unto them, nor to be protected from their enemies, on the borders of whose countries they must pass; so that their destruction in the wilderness seemed inevitable; and if they could have surmounted these and other difficulties, what manner of reception could they expect to find in Egypt, on whose account all the firstborn of man and beast among them were slain, whom they had spoiled of their riches, and whose king and his army, and in it perhaps the, flower of the nation, were drowned in the Red sea, for their sakes? What therefore could they think of, if they had any sober thought at all, but utter ruin, should they return there again? 14:1-4 Those who do not trust God, continually vex themselves. The sorrow of the world worketh death. The Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron, and in them reproached the Lord. They look back with causeless discontent. See the madness of unbridled passions, which makes men prodigal of what nature accounts most dear, life itself. They wish rather to die criminals under God's justice, than to live conquerors in his favour. At last they resolve, that, instead of going forward to Canaan, they would go back to Egypt. Those who walk not in God's counsels, seek their own ruin. Could they expect that God's cloud would lead them, or his manna attend them? Suppose the difficulties of conquering Canaan were as they imagined, those of returning to Egypt were much greater. We complain of our place and lot, and we would change; but is there any place or condition in this world, that has not something in it to make us uneasy, if we are disposed to be so? The way to better our condition, is to get our spirits in a better frame. See the folly of turning from the ways of God. But men run on the certain fatal consequences of a sinful course.
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