Numbers 20:3
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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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Clarke'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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Numbers 14:1,2 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night...

Exodus 16:2,3 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness...

Exodus 17:2 Why the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why chide you with me?...

Job 3:10,11 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from my eyes...

when

Numbers 11:1,33,34 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled...

Numbers 14:36,37 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him...

Numbers 16:31-35,49 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split asunder that was under them...

Lamentations 4:9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away...

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August 17. "Speak Ye unto the Rock" (Num. xx. 8).
"Speak ye unto the Rock" (Num. xx. 8). The Holy Ghost is very sensitive, as love always is. You can conquer a wild beast by blows and chains, but you cannot conquer a woman's heart that way, or win the love of a sensitive nature; that must be wooed by the delicate touches of trust and affection. So the Holy Ghost has to be taken by a faith as delicate and sensitive as the gentle heart with whom it is coming in touch. One thought of unbelief, one expression of impatient distrust or fear, will instantly
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Baptist's Inquiry and Jesus' Discourse Suggested Thereby.
(Galilee.) ^A Matt. XI. 2-30; ^C Luke VII. 18-35. ^c 18 And the disciples of John told him of all these things. ^a 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent by his disciples ^c 19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them unto the Lord [John had been cast into prison about December, a.d. 27, and it was now after the Passover, possibly in May or June, a.d. 28. Herod Antipas had cast John into prison because John had reproved him for taking his brother's wife.
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Exodus 16:3
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."

Exodus 17:2
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?"

Numbers 14:2
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!

Numbers 14:3
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?"

Numbers 16:31
As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart

Psalm 78:19
They spoke against God; they said, "Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?

Psalm 106:33
for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses' lips.

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