The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!(A) There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food(B) we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”(C)

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And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

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And the children of Israel said to them, (A)“Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, (B)when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

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Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?(A) Our wives and children(B) will be taken as plunder.(C) Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?(D)

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And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

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Why has the Lord brought us to this land to [a]fall by the sword, that our wives and (A)children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 14:3 be killed in battle

They quarreled(A) with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead(B) before the Lord!(C)

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And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!

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And the people (A)contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died (B)when our brethren died before the Lord!

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