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1Then came the Bnei Yisroel, even the kol HaEdah into the Midbar of Tzin in the first month; and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miryam died there, and was buried there. 2And there was no mayim for the Edah; and they gathered themselves together against Moshe and against Aharon. 3And the people contended with Moshe, and spoke, saying, If only we had died when our brethren died before Hashem! 4And why have ye brought up the Kahal Hashem into this midbar, that we and our livestock should die here? 5And why have ye made us to come up out of Mitzrayim, to bring us in unto this evil place? It is no place of zera (grain), or of te'enah (fig), or of gefen (grapevine), or of pomegranates; neither is there any mayim to drink. 6And Moshe and Aharon went from the presence of the Kahal unto the entrance of the Ohel Mo'ed, and they fell upon their faces; and the kavod Hashem appeared unto them. 7And Hashem spoke unto Moshe, saying, 8Take the rod and gather thou the Edah together, thou and Aharon thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth its mayim, and thou shalt bring forth to them mayim out of the rock; so thou shalt give the Edah and their beasts drink. 9And Moshe took the rod from before Hashem, just as He commanded him. 10And Moshe and Aharon gathered the Kahal together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye morim (rebels, contentious ones); must we fetch you mayim out of this rock? 11And Moshe lifted up his hand, and with his rod he struck the rock twice; and the mayim came out abundantly, and the Edah drank, and their beasts also. 12And Hashem spoke unto Moshe and Aharon, Because ye believed Me not, to honor Me as kadosh in the eyes of the Bnei Yisroel, therefore ye shall not bring this Kahal into HaAretz which I have given them. 13These were the Waters of Merivah (Quarreling); because the Bnei Yisroel quarreled with Hashem, and He showed Himself kadosh among them. 14And Moshe sent messengers from Kadesh unto the melech of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Yisroel, Thou knowest all the hardship that hath befallen us: 15How Avoteinu went down into Mitzrayim, and we have dwelt in Mitzrayim a long time; and the Egyptians did evil to us, and Avoteinu; 16And when we cried unto Hashem, He heard our voice, and sent a malach, and hath brought us forth out of Mitzrayim; and, hinei, we are in Kadesh, a town in the edge of thy border; 17Let us pass, please, through thy country; we will not pass through the fields, or through the kerem (vineyards), neither will we drink of the mayim of the wells; we will go by the Derech HaMelech; we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left until we have passed through thy territory. 18And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass through me, lest I come out against thee with the cherev. 19And the Bnei Yisroel said unto him, We will go by the main road; and if I and my livestock drink of thy mayim, then I will pay for it; I will only, without doing anything else, pass through on my feet. 20And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with a large army, and with a yad chazakah. 21Thus Edom refused to give Yisroel passage through his border; wherefore Yisroel turned away from him. 22And the Bnei Yisroel, even Kol HaEdah, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto Mt Hor. 23And Hashem spoke unto Moshe and Aharon in Mt Hor, by the border of Eretz Edom, saying, 24Aharon shall be gathered unto his people; for he shall not enter into HaAretz which I have given unto the Bnei Yisroel, because ye rebelled against My word at the Waters of Merivah. 25Take Aharon and Eleazar bno, and bring them up unto Mt Hor; 26And strip Aharon of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar bno; and Aharon shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there. 27And Moshe did as Hashem commanded; and they went up into Mt Hor in the sight of Kol HaEdah. 28And Moshe stripped Aharon of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar bno; and Aharon died there on the top of the mount; and Moshe and Eleazar came down from the mount. 29And when Kol HaEdah saw that Aharon was dead, they mourned for Aharon shloshim yom, even Kol Bais Yisroel.
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