New International Version
They quarreled with Moses and said, "If only we had died when our brothers fell dead 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!
Darby Bible Translation
And the people contended with Moses, and spoke, saying, Would that we had died when our brethren died before Jehovah!
World English Bible
The people strove with Moses, and spoke, saying, "We wish that we had died when our brothers died before Yahweh!
Young's Literal Translation
and the people strive with Moses, and speak, saying, 'And oh that we had expired when our brethren expired before Jehovah!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And there was no water for the congregation - The same occurrence took place to the children of Israel at Kadesh, as did formerly to their fathers at Rephidim, see Exodus 17:1; and as the fathers murmured, so also did the children.
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The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."
So they quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?"
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!
Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?"
As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
They spoke against God; they said, "Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?
for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips.
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