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Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

1Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman.
  2They said, “Has Yahweh indeed spoken only with Moses? Hasn’t he spoken also with us?” And Yahweh heard it.
  3Now the man Moses was very humble above all the men who were on the surface of the earth.

4Yahweh spoke suddenly to Moses, to Aaron and to Miriam, “You three come out to the Tent of Meeting!” The three of them came out.
  5Yahweh came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tent and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forward.
  6He said, “Hear now my words. If there is a prophet among you, I Yahweh will make myself known to him in a vision. I will speak with him in a dream.
  7My servant Moses is not so. He is faithful in all my house.
  8With him I will speak mouth to mouth, even plainly, and not in riddles; and he will see Yahweh’s form. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?”
  9The anger of Yahweh was kindled against them, and he departed.

10The cloud departed from over the Tent; and behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. Aaron looked at Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.
  11Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, please do not count this sin against us in which we have done foolishly, and in which we have sinned.
  12Let her not, I pray, be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb.”

13Moses cried out to Yahweh, saying, “Heal her, God, I beg you!”

14Yahweh said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? Let her be confined outside the camp seven days and after that she may be brought in again.”
  15Miriam was shut up outside of the camp seven days, and the people didn’t travel until Miriam was brought in again.
  16Afterward the people traveled from Hazeroth and encamped in the wilderness of Paran.

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