English Standard Version
And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD!
King James Bible
And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
American Standard Version
And the people strove with Moses, and spake, saying, Would that we had died when our brethren died before Jehovah!
And making a sedition, they said: Would God we had perished among our brethren before the Lord.
English Revised Version
And the people strove with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
Webster's Bible Translation
And the people chid with Moses, and spoke, saying, O that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Ceremony of purification. They were to take for the unclean person some of the dust of the burning of the cow, i.e., some of the ashes obtained by burning the cow, and put living, i.e., fresh water (see Leviticus 14:5), upon it in a vessel. A clean man was then to take a bunch of hyssop (see Exodus 12:22), on account of its inherent purifying power, and dip it in the water, on the third and seventh day after the defilement had taken place, and to sprinkle the tent, with the vessels and persons in it, as well as every one who had touched a corpse, whether a person slain, or one who had died a natural death, or a grave; after which the persons were to wash their clothes and bathe, that they might be clean in the evening. As the uncleanness in question is held up as the highest grade of uncleanness, by its duration being fixed at seven days, i.e., an entire week, so the appointment of a double purification with the sprinkling water shows the force of the uncleanness to be removed; whilst the selection of the third and seventh days was simply determined by the significance of the numbers themselves. In Numbers 19:20, the threat of punishment for the neglect of purification is repeated from Numbers 19:13, for the purpose of making it most emphatic.
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and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?"
And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart.
They spoke against God, saying, "Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
for they made his spirit bitter, and he spoke rashly with his lips.
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