Numbers 14:39

14:39 When Moses told these things to all the Israelites, the people mourned greatly.

tn The preterite here is subordinated to the next preterite to form a temporal clause.

tn The word אָבַל (’aval) is rare, used mostly for mourning over deaths, but it is used here of mourning over bad news (see also Exod 33:4; 1 Sam 15:35; 16:1; etc.).