Numbers 12
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The Complaint of Miriam and Aaron

1And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife, an Ethiopian, 2and they said: “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Has he not also spoken similarly to us?” And when the Lord had heard this, 3(for Moses was a man exceedingly meek, beyond all the men who were living upon the earth) 4immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Miriam, “Go out, you three only, to the tabernacle of the covenant.” And when they had gone out, 5the Lord descended in a column of cloud, and he stood at the entrance of the tabernacle, calling to Aaron and Miriam. And when they had advanced,

6he said to them: “Listen to my words. If there will be among you a prophet of the Lord, I will appear to him in a vision, or I will speak to him through a dream.

7But it is not so with my servant Moses, who is the most faithful in all my house.

8For I speak with him mouth to mouth, and plainly. And not through enigmas and figures does he perceive the Lord. Therefore, why were you not afraid to disparage my servant Moses?”

9And being angry against them, he went away. 10Likewise, the cloud which was over the tabernacle withdrew. And behold, Miriam appeared to be white with a leprosy, like snow. And when Aaron had looked upon her, and he had seen the spreading of the leprosy, 11he said to Moses: “I beg you, my lord, not to impose upon us this sin, which we have committed foolishly. 12Do not let this one be like one who is dead, or like an abortion that has been cast from the womb of her mother. Behold, half of her flesh is already consumed by leprosy.” 13And Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, I beg you: heal her.” 14And the Lord answered him: “If her father had spit on her face, should she not have been filled with shame for at least seven days? Let her be separated, outside the camp, for seven days, and after that, she will be called back.” 15And so Miriam was excluded from the camp for seven days. And the people did not move from that place, until Miriam was called back.

16 And the people set out from Hazeroth, and they pitched their tents in the desert of Paran.

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