The entire company 1 of Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron in the desert.
The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died 1 by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by 2 the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full, 3 for you have brought us out into this desert to kill 4 this whole assembly with hunger!”
and then 1 if he gets up and walks about 2 outside on his staff, then the one who struck him is innocent, except he must pay 3 for the injured person’s 4 loss of time 5 and see to it that he is fully healed.
then 1 the man must bring his wife to the priest, and he must bring the offering required for her, one tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he must not pour olive oil on it or put frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of suspicion, 2 a grain offering for remembering, 3 for bringing 4 iniquity to remembrance.
Then the priest will have the woman stand before the Lord, uncover the woman’s head, and put the grain offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of suspicion. The priest will hold in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse. 1
Then the priest will put the woman under oath and say to the her, “If no other 1 man has had sexual relations with you, and if you have not gone astray and become defiled while under your husband’s authority, may you be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. 2
“‘Then the priest will write these curses on a scroll and then scrape them off into the bitter water. 1
He will make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and the water that brings a curse will enter her to produce bitterness.
Then the priest will take a handful of the grain offering as its memorial portion, burn it on the altar, and afterward make the woman drink the water.
When he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and behaved unfaithfully toward her husband, the water that brings a curse will enter her to produce bitterness – her abdomen will swell, her thigh will fall away, and the woman will become a curse among her people.
or when jealous feelings come over a man and he becomes suspicious of his wife; then he must have the woman stand before the Lord, and the priest will carry out all this law upon her.
They may observe it on the fourteenth day of the second month 1 at twilight; they are to eat it with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs.
“And say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves 1 for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing 2 of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat, 3 for life 4 was good for us in Egypt?” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat.
Why has the Lord brought us into this land only to be killed by the sword, that our wives and our children should become plunder? Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”
And the Moabites were greatly afraid of the people, because they were so numerous. The Moabites were sick with fear because of the Israelites.