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MIRIAM (Heb. miryam, various suggested meanings). The daughter of Amram and Jochebed and the sister of Moses and Aaron (Exod 15:20; Num 26:59; 1 Chron 6:3; Mic 6:4). She showed concern and wisdom in behalf of her infant brother Moses when he was discovered in the Nile by the Egyptian princess (Exod 2:4, 7-8). After passing through the Red Sea, she led the Israelite women in dancing and instrumental accompaniment while she sang the song of praise and victory (15:20-21). Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses for his marriage to a Cushite woman; because of this criticism, Miriam was punished by the Lord with leprosy (Num 12:1, 9; Deut 24:9), but on the protest of Aaron and the prayer of Moses (Num 12:11, 13) she was restored after a period of seven days, during which she was isolated from the camp and the march was delayed. Miriam died at Kadesh and was buried there (20:1).

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
MIRIAM (variously bitterness, plump one, the wished-for child, one who loves or is loved).
  • Sister of Aaron and Moses; saved life of the baby Moses (Ex 2:4, 7-8),
  • prophetess (Ex 15:20),
  • criticized Moses for his marriage (Nu 12),
  • buried at Kadesh (Nu 20:1).


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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
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