- And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Sin, in the first month, and the people abode in Cades; and Mariam died there, and was buried there.
Num 20:2 And there was no water for the congregation; and they gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron.
Num 20:3 And the people reviled Moses, saying, Would we had died in the destruction of our brethren before the Lord!
Num 20:4 And wherefore have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, to kill us and our cattle?
Num 20:5 And wherefore is this? Ye have brought us up out of Egypt, that we should come into this evil place; a place where there is no sowing, neither figs, nor vines, nor pomegranates, neither is there water to drink.
Num 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from before the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of witness, and they fell upon their faces; and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.
Num 20:7 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 20:8 Take thy rod, and call the assembly, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye to the rock before them, and it shall give forth its waters; and ye shall bring forth for them water out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.
Num 20:9 And Moses took his rod which was before the Lord, as the Lord commanded.
Num 20:10 And Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation before the rock, and said to them, Hear me, ye disobedient ones; must we bring you water out of this rock?
Num 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his rod twice; and much water came forth, and the congregation drank, and their cattle.
Num 20:12 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Because ye have not believed me to sanctify me before the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Num 20:13 This is the water of Strife, because the children of Israel spoke insolently before the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.
Num 20:14 And Moses sent messengers from Cades to the king of Edom, saying, Thus says thy brother Israel; Thou knowest all the distress that has come upon us.
Num 20:15 And how our fathers went down into Egypt, and we sojourned in Egypt many days, and the Egyptians afflicted us and our fathers.
Num 20:16 And we cried to the Lord, and the Lord heard our voice, and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt; and now we are in the city of Cades, at the extremity of thy coasts.
Num 20:17 We will pass through thy land: we will not go through the fields, nor through the vineyards, nor will we drink water out of thy cistern: we will go by the king's highway; we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left, until we have passed thy borders.
Num 20:18 And Edom said to him, Thou shalt not pass through me, and if otherwise, I will go forth to meet thee in war.
Num 20:19 And the children of Israel say to him, We will pass by the mountain; and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, I will pay thee: but it is no matter of importance, we will go by the mountain.
Num 20:20 And he said, Thou shalt not pass through me; and Edom went forth to meet him with a great host, and a mighty hand.
Num 20:21 So Edom refused to allow Israel to pass through his borders, and Israel turned away from him.
Num 20:22 And they departed from Cades; and the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, came to Mount Or.
Num 20:23 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in mount Or, on the borders of the land of Edom, saying,
Num 20:24 Let Aaron be added to his people; for ye shall certainly not go into the land which I have given the children of Israel, because ye provoked me at the water of strife.
Num 20:25 Take Aaron, and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to the mount Or before all the congregation;
Num 20:26 and take Aaron's apparel from off him, and put it on Eleazar his son: and let Aaron die there and be added to his people.
Num 20:27 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and took him up to mount Or, before all the congregation.
Num 20:28 And he took Aaron's garments off him, and put them on Eleazar his son, and Aaron died on the top of the mountain; and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.
Num 20:29 And all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead: and they wept for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]