Numbers 12

Miriam and Aaron speak badly about Moses

1 Moses had married a woman who was a descendant of Cush. And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because had married that woman. 2 They said, ‘We do not believe that LORD has really spoken only by Moses. We believe that he has spoken by us too.’ And the LORD heard it.

12:2Aaron and Miriam were Moses' brother and sister. They were leaders too. They helped Moses.

3 But Moses was a very humble man. He was the most humble person on earth.

4 And immediately the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam, ‘You three people come out to the Tent of Meeting.’ So those three people came out. 5 Then the LORD came down in a tall cloud and he stood at the door of the tent. And he said that Aaron and Miriam should come nearer. They both came nearer. 6 Then he said, ‘Listen to my words! If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, will help him to know me by a vision. Or I will speak to him in a dream. 7 But It is different when I speak to Moses. He is faithful among all my people. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth. I speak clearly to him. I do not say things to him that are hard to understand. And he sees the shape of the LORD. So you should have been afraid to speak against my servant Moses!’ 9 So the LORD was very angry with Aaron and Miriam and he left them. 10 But when the cloud had gone away from over the tent, Miriam's skin became white. It was as white as snow. She now had the bad illness called leprosy in her skin. Aaron turned towards Miriam. And he saw that she had leprosy. 11 Then Aaron said to Moses, ‘Oh, my master, please do not punish us because we have done this very silly thing. We have sinned. 12 But do not let Miriam be like a baby that is born dead. Sometimes only half of a baby's body seems to be there when he comes out of his mother's body. Do not let her be like that!’ 13 So Moses shouted to the LORD, ‘Oh God! Please make her well again!’ 14 But the LORD said to Moses, ‘If her father had only spat on her face, she would have to be ashamed for 7 days. So you must keep her outside the camp for 7 days. Then after that you can let her come back inside the camp.’ 15 So Moses kept Miriam outside the camp for 7 days. And the people did not start to travel again until they had brought Miriam into the camp again.

16 But after that, the people started to travel from Hazeroth. And they camped in the desert called Paran.