Book 4: Numbers


Chapter 13

Verse 1: And Ad-noy spoke to Moshe, saying;

Verse 2: "Send, for yourself, men, and have them scout the Land of Cana'an, which I am giving to Bnei Yisroel; one man, one man each, for his father's tribe you shall send them, each leader among them."

Verse 3: Moshe sent them from the desert of Paran by the word of Ad-noy; all of them [were] men of distinction, they were the heads of Bnei Yisroel.

Verse 4: These are their names; for the tribe of Reuven, Shamua the son of Zaccur.

Verse 5: For the tribe of Shimon, Shafat the son of Chori.

Verse 6: For the tribe of Yehudah, Caleiv the son of Yefuneh.

Verse 7: For the tribe of Yissachar, Yigal the son of Yoseif.

Verse 8: For the tribe of Ephraim, Hosheiah the son of Nun.

Verse 9: For the tribe of Binyamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

Verse 10: For the tribe of Zevulun, Gadiel the son of Sodi.

Verse 11: For the tribe of Yoseif, for the tribe of Menashe, Gadi the son of Susi.

Verse 12: For the tribe of Don, Amiel the son of Gemali.

Verse 13: For the tribe of Asher, Sesur the son of Michael.

Verse 14: For the tribe of Naftali, Nachbi the son of Vofsi.

Verse 15: For the tribe of Gad, Geu'el the son of Machi.

Verse 16: These are the names of the men whom Moshe sent to scout the land, and Moshe called Hosheiah the son of Nun, Yehoshua.

Verse 17: Moshe sent them to scout the land of Cana'an and he said to them: "Go up this [way], to the south and go up to the mountain.

Verse 18: See what the land is; and the people living on it; are they strong or weak, if they are few or many;

Verse 19: and how is the land in which they live, is it good, or bad? And how are the cities in which they reside; are they open, or are they fortified?

Verse 20: How is the land (soil) is it fat (rich) or lean (poor), does it have trees, or not? You shall strengthen yourselves, and you shall take some fruit of the land." Those days were the days of the first ripening of the grapes.

Sheini (Second Aliyah)

Verse 21: They went up and they scouted the land from the desert of Tzin until Rechov, at the entrance of Chamas.

Verse 22: They went up, into the southern part [of the land] and [he] came to Chevron; and there, were Achiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the offspring of the giant. [The city of] Chevron was built seven years before the city of Tzo'an in Egypt.

Verse 23: They came until the Valley of Eshkol, and from there they cut off a branch and one cluster of grapes, and they carried it between two on a pole, [and they took] some pomegranates and some figs.

Verse 24: That place they called the Valley of Eshkol, because of the event of the cluster that Bnei Yisroel cut from there.

Verse 25: They returned from spying the land, at the end of forty days.

Verse 26: They went and came to Moshe and Aharon and to the entire congregation of Bnei Yisroel [that came] to the desert of Paran, in Kadeish. They brought word back to them, and to the entire congregation, and they showed them the fruit of the land.

Verse 27: They recounted to him, and they said: "We came into the land into which you sent us, and it indeed flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

Verse 28: However, the nation is mighty, those who inhabit the land, and the cities are greatly fortified to the utmost, and we also saw the offspring of the giant over there.

Verse 29: Amalek dwells in the southern part of the land, the Chiti, Yevusi and Emori dwell in the mountain and the Cana'ani dwell by the sea and next to the Yardein."

Verse 30: Caleiv silenced the people to [hear about] Moshe, and he said: "We can surely go up [to the land] and we shall possess it for we are surely able to overcome it."

Verse 31: But the men who went up with him said: "We are not able to go up against the nation, for they are more powerful than we."

Verse 32: They spread slander about the land that they had scouted, to Bnei Yisroel, saying: "The land through which we have passed to scout it, is a land which consumes its inhabitants; and every one of the people we saw in it, are men of dimensions.

Verse 33: There we saw the giants, the sons of the giant, of the Nephilim, and we were like grasshoppers in our eyes, and so we appeared in their eyes."

Chapter 14

Verse 1: The entire community arose and raised their voices; and the people wept that night.

Verse 2: They railed against Moshe and Aharon--- all of Bnei Yisroel--- and the entire congregation said to them: "Would we had died in the land of Egypt or in this desert, would that we had died.

Verse 3: Why does Ad-noy bring us into this land to fall by the sword; our wives and infants would be as spoils; is it not better for us to return to Egypt"?

Verse 4: They said to each other: "Let us appoint (lit. place) a head and we will return to Egypt."

Verse 5: Moshe and Aharon fell on their faces before the entire gathering of the congregation of Bnei Yisroel.

Verse 6: Yehoshua the son of Nun and Caleiv the son of Yefuneh, who were among those who scouted the land, tore their clothing [in grief].

Verse 7: They said to the entire congregation of Bnei Yisroel, saying: "The land through which we have passed to scout it; that land is very, very good.

Sh'lishi (Third Aliyah)

Verse 8: If Ad-noy desires us, He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey.

Verse 9: However, do not rebel against Ad-noy and you do not be afraid of the nation of the land, for they are [as] our bread, their protection is removed from them, and Ad-noy is with us; do not be afraid of them."

Verse 10: The entire congregation said that they should be stoned to death, when the glory of Ad-noy appeared in the Tent of Meeting, to all of Bnei Yisroel.

Verse 11: Ad-noy said to Moshe: "Until where will this people provoke Me, and how much longer will they have no faith in Me, despite all the signs which I have done in their midst.

Verse 12: I shall smite them with the plague and annihilate them; and I shall make you into a greater and stronger people than they."

Verse 13: Moshe said to Ad-noy: "But Egypt will hear, that You, in Your might have brought up this people from among them.

Verse 14: They will say concerning the inhabitants of this land, they have heard that You, Ad-noy, are among this people, Who appears to them eye to eye (face to face), You, Ad-noy; Your Cloud stands over them, in a Pillar of Cloud You go before them daily and in a Pillar of Fire, nightly.

Verse 15: If You kill this nation like a single man, the nations will say--- they who have heard of Your reputation---as follows:

Verse 16: "It is because of Ad-noy's inability to bring this people into the land that He swore to them, that he slaughtered them in the desert."

Verse 17: Now, please, let my Master's power be enhanced as You spoke, saying;

Verse 18: Ad-noy, slow to anger and abounding in kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; Who does not completely acquit, Who will visit the iniquities of the fathers upon their children, to the third [generation] and to the fourth [generation.]

Verse 19: Please forgive this people according the magnitude of Your kindness, and as You have borne this people since Egypt until this time."

Verse 20: Ad-noy said, "I have forgiven them, just as you spoke.

Verse 21: However, just as I live and the Glory of Ad-noy fills the entire land;

Verse 22: For, all the people who see My glory and My signs which I have done in Egypt and in the desert, and they have tested Me these ten times and they have not listened to My voice.

Verse 23: If they will see the land that I have sworn to their fathers; all those who angered Me will not see it.

Verse 24: My servant Caleiv, because he possesed in him a different spirit, and followed Me fully, I shall bring him into the land to which he came, and his children will cast [its inhabitants] from it.

Verse 25: The Amaleki and the Cana'ani are now dwelling in the valley. Tomorrow turn back and you shall travel the desert by way of the Reed Sea."

Revi'i (Fourth Aliyah)

Verse 26: Ad-noy spoke to Moshe and to Aharon, saying:

Verse 27: "Until when will this wicked congregation [exist], those who provoke Me? The complaints of Bnei Yisroel, which they complain against Me, I have heard.

Verse 28: Say to them: "As I live, says Ad-noy, if I do not [do to you] as you have spoken in My ears; so I shall do to you.

Verse 29: In this desert your corpses shall fall, all of you who were counted according to your numbers, from twenty years and above, because you have complained against Me,

Verse 30: Surely you shall [not] come into the land to which I raised My Hand [to swear] that I would cause you to live in it; except for Caleiv the son of Yefuneh and Yehoshua the son of Nun.

Verse 31: Your infants, about whom you said that they will be as spoils, I shall bring them [there] and they will know the land which you despised.

Verse 32: Your corpses---yours, shall fall in this desert.

Verse 33: Your children, they shall be wanderers in the desert for forty years, and they will bear [the burden of] your dissoluteness, until the last of your corpses are in the desert.

Verse 34: According to the number of days which you scouted the land; forty days, a day for a year, a day for a year you will bear the burden of your iniquity forty years, and you will know My displeasure.

Verse 35: I am Ad-noy; I have spoken--- if I do not do this to this entire evil congregation that are gathered against Me; in this desert they shall be finished and there they shall die."

Verse 36: Those men whom Moshe sent to scout the land, who returned and provoked the complaints of the entire congregation against him, by spreading slander about the land;

Verse 37: Those men died--- who spread evil slander against the land--- in a plague, before Ad-noy.

Verse 38: Yehoshua the son of Nun and Caleiv the son of Yefuneh, lived, from among those men who went to scout the land.

Verse 39: Moshe spoke these words to all of Bnei Yisroel, and the people mourned greatly.

Verse 40: They awoke early in the morning and went up to the peak of the mountain, saying: "We are ready to go up to the place of which Ad-noy spoke (promised), for we have sinned."

Verse 41: Moshe said: "Why are you now transgressing the word of Ad-noy; it will not succeed.

Verse 42: Do not go up, for Ad-noy is not among you, and do not die before your enemies,

Verse 43: For the Amaleki and the Cana'ani are there before you, and you will fall by the sword, for, you turned from following Ad-noy, and Ad-noy will not be with you."

Verse 44: They defiantly went up the mountain peak, but the Ark of the Covenant of Ad-noy, and Moshe, did not move from amidst the encampment.

Verse 45: The Amaleki and the Cana'ani swooped down, they who were dwelling in that mountain, and they smote and crushed them until Chormah.

Chapter 15

Verse 1: Ad-noy spoke to Moshe, saying;

Verse 2: "Speak to Bnei Yisroel, and say to them, when you arrive into the land in which you will dwell, which I am giving to you.

Verse 3: When you make a fire-offering to Ad-noy, a burnt-offering or a sacrifice, by verbalizing as a pledge or as a donation or on your festivals to provide a pleasing fragrance to Ad-noy, from cattle or from sheep.

Verse 4: The one bringing his offering to Ad-noy shall present one tenth of flour mixed with one fourth of a hin of oil,

Verse 5: Along with wine, for a wine-offering, one fourth of a hin, so you shall do for a burnt-offering or a sacrifice, for the one sheep.

Verse 6: If for a ram you shall make a meal-offering of two tenths, mixed with one third of a hin of oil.

Verse 7: Wine, for a wine-offering shall be one third of a hin. This is how you shall offer a pleasing fragrance to Ad-noy.

Chamishi (Fifth Aliyah)

Verse 8: If you are making a calf as a burnt-offering or sacrifice by verbalizing as a pledge or for a peace-offering, to Ad-noy.

Verse 9: Along with the calf he shall bring a meal-offering of three tenths mixed with one half of a hin of oil.

Verse 10: You shall bring wine, for a wine-offering, one half of a hin, a fire-offering of pleasing fragrance to Ad-noy.

Verse 11: So you shall do for each ox or ram or for the sheep or goats.

Verse 12: According to the number, which you offer, so you shall make for each one according to the[ir] number[s].

Verse 13: Each citizen shall do this as stated, to bring a fire-offering of pleasing fragrance to Ad-noy.

Verse 14: If a proselyte will live with you or among you, for all of your generations and makes a fire-offering of pleasing fragrance to Ad-noy, in the same fashion as you make it, so shall he make it.

Verse 15: The assembly has one statute for yourselves and for the proselyte who resides; one statute for all of your generations, just as it is for yourselves, so shall it be for the proselyte, before Ad-noy.

Verse 16: One law and one rule will apply to you, and to the proselyte who lives with you."

Shishi (Sixth Aliyah)

Verse 17: Ad-noy spoke to Moshe, saying:

Verse 18: "Speak to Bnei Yisroel and say to them, at your coming to the land into which I am bringing you,

Verse 19: When you eat from the bread of the land you shall separate a terumah for Ad-noy.

Verse 20: [From] the first portion of your doughs you shall separate a loaf as a separated portion; like the terumah-gift of the granary, so shall you separate it.

Verse 21: Of the first portion of your doughs you shall give to Ad-noy as a terumah-offering, throughout your generations."

Verse 22: If you should err, and not fulfill all of these commandments which Ad-noy said to Moshe;

Verse 23: All that Ad-noy commanded you through Moshe, from the day on which Ad-noy commanded, and from then on, throughout your generations.

Verse 24: If it was obscured from the eyes of the congregation, having been done in error, then the entire congregation shall offer one young bullock as a burnt-offering for a pleasing fragrance to Ad-noy. Its meal-offering and its wine-offering are according to its law, and one he-goat, as a sin-offering.

Verse 25: The kohein shall atone on behalf of the entire congregation of Bnei Yisroel, and they shall be forgiven; for they have erred unwittingly and they have brought their offering, as a fire-offering to Ad-noy, and their sin-offering before Ad-noy (to atone) for their error.

Verse 26: And it shall be forgiven to the entire congregation of Bnei Yisroel and the stranger amongst them; for the entire people sinned unintentionally.

Shevi'i (Seventh Aliyah)

Verse 27: If one person will sin erroneously, that person shall bring a yearling she-goat as a sin-offering.

Verse 28: The kohein shall atone for that erring soul which has sinned unwittingly before Ad-noy; to achieve atonement for him, and he will be forgiven.

Verse 29: [For] the citizen among Bnei Yisroel, and the proselyte who dwells among them there shall be one law for you all, for he who sins unwittingly.

Verse 30: A person who commits a sin high-handedly among the citizens or among the proselytes, blasphemes Ad-noy; the soul of that person shall be cut off from among its people.

Verse 31: For he has denigrated the word of Ad-noy and he has violated His commandment; The soul of that person shall certainly be cut off; its iniquity is upon it.

Verse 32: Bnei Yisroel were in the desert, and they found a man gathering wood on the day of the Shabbos.

Verse 33: Those who found him brought him near--- he who was gathering wood--- to Moshe and to Aharon, and to the entire congregation.

Verse 34: They placed him under guard since it was not specified, what was to be done to him.

Verse 35: Ad-noy said to Moshe: "That man shall be put to death, the entire congregation shall stone him beyond the encampment."

Verse 36: The entire congregation brought him outside beyond the encampment, and they stoned him with stones, and he died, just as Ad-noy commanded Moshe.


Verse 37: And Ad-noy spoke to Moshe, saying:

Verse 38: Speak to Bnei Yisroel and tell them to make for themselves, tzizis-fringes on the corners of their garments--- throughout their generations; and they will place with the fringes of each corner a thread of blue.

Verse 39: And it will be to you for fringes and you will look upon it and you will remember all of Ad-noy's commandments and you will perform them; and you will not search after [the desire of] your hearts and after your eyes which cause you to go astray.

Verse 40: In order that you will remember and perform all My commandments; and you will be holy unto your G-d.

Verse 41: I am Ad-noy, your G-d, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your G-d. I am Ad-noy your G-d. One hundred and nineteen verses. Haftarah: Yehoshua 2:1--24.

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