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Miriam


Mir’iam (rebellion), the sister of Moses, was the eldest of that sacred family; and she first appears, probably as a young girl, watching her infant brother’s cradle in the Nile, Ex. 2:4, and suggesting her mother as a nurse. ver. 7. After the crossing of the Red Sea “Miriam the prophetess” is her acknowledged title. ch. 15:20. The prophetic power showed itself in her under the same form as that which it assumed in the days of Samuel and David—poetry, accompanied with music and processions. ch. 15:1-19. She took the lead, with Aaron, in the complaint against Moses for his marriage with a Cushite, Num. 12:1, 2, and for this was attacked with leprosy. This stroke and its removal, which took place at Hazeroth, form the last public event of Miriam’s life. ch. 12:1-15. She died toward the close of the wanderings at Kadesh, and was buried there. ch. 20:1. (b.c. about 1452.)