Numbers 14:41
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New International Version
But Moses said, "Why are you disobeying the LORD's command? This will not succeed!

New Living Translation
But Moses said, "Why are you now disobeying the LORD's orders to return to the wilderness? It won't work.

English Standard Version
But Moses said, “Why now are you transgressing the command of the LORD, when that will not succeed?

Berean Study Bible
But Moses said, “Why are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD? This will not succeed!

New American Standard Bible
But Moses said, "Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed?

King James Bible
And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

Christian Standard Bible
But Moses responded, "Why are you going against the LORD's command? It won't succeed.

Contemporary English Version
But Moses replied, "You're disobeying the LORD! Your plan won't work,

Good News Translation
But Moses said, "Then why are you disobeying the LORD now? You will not succeed!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Moses responded, "Why are you going against the LORD's command? It won't succeed.

International Standard Version
But Moses asked them, "Why do you continue to sin against what the LORD said? Don't you know that you can never succeed?

NET Bible
But Moses said, "Why are you now transgressing the commandment of the LORD? It will not succeed!

New Heart English Bible
Moses said, "Why now do you disobey the commandment of the LORD, since it shall not prosper?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Moses asked, "Why are you disobeying the LORD's command? Your plan won't work!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moses said: 'Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD, seeing it shall not prosper?

New American Standard 1977
But Moses said, “Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Moses said, Why do ye break the commandment of the LORD? This also shall not prosper.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moses said, Why now do you transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

American King James Version
And Moses said, Why now do you transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

American Standard Version
And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of Jehovah, seeing it shall not prosper?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses said to them: Why transgress you the word of the Lord, which shall not succeed prosperously with you?

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses said, Why now do ye transgress the commandment of Jehovah? but it shall not prosper!

English Revised Version
And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD, seeing it shall not prosper?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses said, Why now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

World English Bible
Moses said, "Why now do you disobey the commandment of Yahweh, since it shall not prosper?

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses saith, 'Why is this? -- ye are transgressing the command of Jehovah, and it doth not prosper;
Study Bible
Defeat by the Amalekites and Canaanites
40Early the next morning they got up and went up toward the ridge of the hill country. “We have indeed sinned,” they said, “but we will go the place the LORD promised.” 41But Moses said, “Why are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD? This will not succeed! 42Do not go up, lest you be struck down by your enemies, because the LORD is not among you.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:42
But the LORD said to me, “Tell them not to go up and fight, for I am not with you to keep you from defeat by your enemies.”

2 Chronicles 24:20
Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood up before the people and said to them, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He has forsaken you.’

Treasury of Scripture

And Moses said, Why now do you transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

do ye

Numbers 14:25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelled in the valley.) Tomorrow …

2 Chronicles 24:20 And the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, …

but it shall

Job 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils …

Jeremiah 2:37 Yes, you shall go forth from him, and your hands on your head: for …

Jeremiah 32:5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until …







Verse 41. - And Moses said, i.e., had said, before they left the camp (cf. verse 44, and Deuteronomy 1:42). And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord?.... Which was to turn back into the wilderness, and go the way that leads to the Red sea, Numbers 14:25; instead of which now they were for going forward into the land of Canaan, though averse to it just before:

but it shall not prosper; their attempt to enter into it. 14:40-45 Some of the Israelites were now earnest to go forward toward Canaan. But it came too late. If men would but be as earnest for heaven while their day of grace lasts, as they will be when it is over, how well would it be for them! That which has been duty in its season, when mistimed, may be turned into sin. Those who are out of the way of their duty, are not under God's protection, and go at their peril. God bade them go, and they would not; he forbade them, and they would go. Thus is the carnal mind enmity against God. They had distrusted God's strength; they now presume upon their own without his. And the expedition fails accordingly; now the sentence began to be executed, that their carcases should fall in the wilderness. That affair can never end well, which begins with sin. The way to obtain peace with our friends, and success against our enemies, is, to have God, as our Friend, and to keep in his love. Let us take warning from the fate of Israel, lest we perish after the same example of unbelief. Let us go forth, depending on God's mercy, power, promise, and truth; he will be with us, and bring our souls to everlasting rest.
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