Miriam and Aaron Speak Against Moses
1Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife (he had married a Cushite). 2They said, “Is Moses the only one the Lord speaks through? Doesn’t he also speak through us?” And the Lord heard this.
3(Now Moses was very humble. He was the least proud person on earth.)
4So the Lord suddenly spoke to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “All three of you come to the Meeting Tent.” So they went. 5The Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance to the Tent. He called to Aaron and Miriam, and they both came near. 6He said, “Listen to my words:
When prophets are among you,
I, the Lord, will show myself to them in visions;
I will speak to them in dreams.
7But this is not true with my servant Moses.
I trust him to lead all my people.
8I speak face to face with him—
clearly, not with hidden meanings.
He has even seen the form of the Lord.
You should be afraid
to speak against my servant Moses.”
9The Lord was very angry with them, and he left.
10When the cloud lifted from the Tent and Aaron turned toward Miriam, she was as white as snow; she had a skin disease. 11Aaron said to Moses, “Please, my master, forgive us for our foolish sin. 12Don’t let her be like a baby who is born dead. (Sometimes a baby is born with half of its flesh eaten away.)”
13So Moses cried out to the Lord, “God, please heal her!”
14The Lord answered Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, she would have been shamed for seven days, so put her outside the camp for seven days. After that, she may come back.” 15So Miriam was put outside of the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until she came back.
16After that, the people left Hazeroth and camped in the Desert of Paran.