The Book of Numbers initially emphasizes numbers:
a census of the whole community of the Israelites, details of the offerings at the dedication of the Tabernacle. It then follows the Israelites as they depart Sinai and encounter many trials in the desert. Our magazine-style booklet contains the complete New International Version (NIV) of Numbers. Our individual books of the Bible are great for school, Bible study and casual reading.
"The LORD bless you and keep you"
This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."
"The cloud of the LORD was over them by day"
So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest. The cloud of the LORD was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
"Is the LORD’s arm too short?"
The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.
"If only we had died in Egypt!"
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
"A land flowing with milk and honey"
If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.
"For forty years"
Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land— you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.
"Moses raised his arm and struck the rock"
Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.