Numbers 17:12
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New International Version
The Israelites said to Moses, "We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!

New Living Translation
Then the people of Israel said to Moses, "Look, we are doomed! We are dead! We are ruined!

English Standard Version
And the people of Israel said to Moses, “Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

New American Standard Bible
Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying!

King James Bible
And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Israelites declared to Moses, "Look, we're perishing! We're lost; we're all lost!

International Standard Version
Then the Israelis told Moses, "We're sure to die! We're all going to perish—all of us!

NET Bible
The Israelites said to Moses, "We are bound to die! We perish, we all perish!

New Heart English Bible
The children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Look, we perish. We are undone. We are all undone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Israelites said to Moses, "Now we're going to die! We're lost! We're all lost!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying: 'Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

New American Standard 1977
Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the sons of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying, Behold, we are dead, we are lost, we are all lost.

King James 2000 Bible
And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

American King James Version
And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel said to Moses: Behold we are consumed, we all perish.

Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Lo, we expire, we perish, we all perish.

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

World English Bible
The children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish! We are undone! We are all undone!

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel speak unto Moses, saying, 'Lo, we have expired; we have perished; we have all of us perished;
Study Bible
Aaron's Staff Buds
11Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did. 12Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying! 13"Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?"…
Cross References
Numbers 17:11
Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

Isaiah 6:5
Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Treasury of Scripture

And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

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Numbers 26:11 Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.

Psalm 90:7 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled.

Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: …

Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to …

we die. Gawanoo, `we expire:' it signifies not so much to die simply, as to feel an extreme difficulty in breathing, which producing suffocation, ends at last in death. see the folly and extravagance of this sinful people, in thus rebelling against the authority of those whom Jehovah had appointed to be their rulers.

(12, 13) And the children of Israel spake unto Moses . . . --The special manifestations of Divine power which the Israelites had witnessed excited within them salutary emotions of awe and of anxious apprehension, but do not seem to have awakened within them any corresponding sense of gratitude either for their deliverance from the plague, or for the privileges which they enjoyed by reason of the Divine presence amongst them. The true answer to their inquiry whether they were doomed utterly to perish is contained in the following chapter, in which the priesthood of Christ is typically set forth as bearing the iniquity of the sanctuary, and thus making reconciliation for the sins and securing the acceptance of the imperfect service of His people.

Verse 12. - And the children of Israel spake unto Moses. It is a mistake to unite these verses specially with the following chapter, for they clearly belong to the story of Korah's rebellion, although not particularly connected with the miracle of the rod. These are the last wailings of the great storm which had raged against Moses and Aaron, which had roared so loudly and angrily at its height, which was now sobbing itself out in the petulant despair of defeated and disheartened men, cowed indeed, but not convinced, fearful to offend, yet not loving to obey. And the children of Israel spake unto Moses,.... The princes of the tribes, who had seen the miracle of the rod, and knew that it was laid up in the most holy place, and for what purpose, which gave them a sensible concern: these, and as many as were acquainted with it, addressed Moses upon it, as follows:

saying, behold, we die, we perish, we all perish; which being expressed without the copulative, and in different words, show that they were spoken quick and in haste, and discover the passion of mind and distress they were in, and the sense they had of their sin and danger, fearing they should all die and perish, as many had already; it has respect, as some think, to punishments past and future, so the Targum of Jonathan,"some of us have been consumed by flaming fire, and others of us have been swallowed up in the earth and are lost, and, lo, we are accounted as if all of us would perish.'' 12, 13. Behold, we die, we perish—an exclamation of fear, both from the remembrance of former judgments, and the apprehension of future relapses into murmuring.17:8-13 While all the other rods remained as they were. Aaron's rod became a living branch. In some places there were buds, in others blossoms, in others fruit, at the same time; all this was miraculous. Thus Aaron was manifested to be under the special blessing of Heaven. Fruitfulness is the best evidence of a Divine call; and the plants of God's setting, and the boughs cut off them, will flourish. This rod was preserved, to take away the murmurings of the people, that they might not die. The design of God, in all his providences, and in the memorials of them, is to take away sin. Christ was manifested to take away sin. Christ is expressly called a rod out of the stem of Jesse: little prospect was there, according to human views, that he should ever flourish. But the dry rod revived and blossomed to the confusion of his adversaries. The people cry, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish! This was the language of a repining people, quarrelling with the judgments of God, which by their own pride and obstinacy they brought upon themselves. It is very wicked to fret against God when we are in affliction, and in our distress thus to trespass yet more. If we die, if we perish, it is of ourselves, and the blame will be upon our own heads. When God judges, he will overcome, and will oblige the most obstinate gainsayers to confess their folly. And how great are our mercies, that we have a clearer and a better dispensation, established upon better promises!
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