The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 11:10–15

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10  And Moses heard the people weeping, family by family, every man at the door of his tent; and the anger of YHWH was kindled greatly; and Moses was displeased.

10  And so, Moses heard the people weeping by their families, each one at the door of his tent. And the fury of the Lord was greatly enflamed. And to Moses also the matter seemed intolerable.

10  Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

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11  And Moses said unto YHWH: 'Wherefore hast Thou dealt ill with Thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in Thy sight, that Thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

11  And so he said to the Lord: “Why have you afflicted your servant? Why do I not find favor before you? And why have you imposed the weight of this entire people upon me?

12  Have I conceived all this people? have I brought them forth, that Thou shouldest say unto me: Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carrieth the sucking child, unto the land which Thou didst swear unto their fathers?

12  Could I have conceived this entire multitude, or have given birth to them, so that you might say to me: Carry them in your bosom, as a nursemaid usually carries a little infant, and bring them into the land, about which you have sworn to their fathers?

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13  Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they trouble me with their weeping, saying: Give us flesh, that we may eat.

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14  I am not able to bear all this people myself alone, because it is too heavy for me.

14  I shall not be able to bear this people alone, for this thing is too heavy for me.

14  I alone am unable to sustain this entire people, because it is too heavy for me.

15  And if Thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray Thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in Thy sight; and let me not look upon my wretchedness.'

15  And if thou doest thus to me, slay me utterly, if I have found favour with thee, that I may not see my affliction.

15  But if it seems to you otherwise, I beg you to put me to death, and so may I find grace in your eyes, lest I be afflicted with such evils.”