After the number of the days in which you searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall you bear your iniquities, even forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.
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George Leo Haydock
Revenge. Hebrew, "my breach of promise, or if my threats be vain "Septuagint, "you shall know the fury of my anger. "(Calmet)
I will convince you by the severity with which I shall execute this sentence, that you had no reason to distrust my former promises. St. Jerome (in Ezec. xx.) entertains hopes of the eternal salvation of many of these Hebrews, who had time to do penance for their sins.