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IsItLove?
Nov 26th 2009, 04:25 PM
Is Complaining a sin?

VerticalReality
Nov 26th 2009, 05:42 PM
Is Complaining a sin?

I would say it depends on what you're complaining about and also how you define complaining. If you are being critical of your child's disobedience I do not think that is a sin. You must stand in the position of authority there and make your feelings known to your child. However, if you are griping about your lot in life I would say that is definitely a sin. We should be thankful during all circumstances because they are working for the greater good. We shouldn't gripe that we don't make enough money or complain that our house isn't nice enough. We should be thankful that we have these blessings regardless of how "nice" the world would define them.

I truly believe that a good majority of Christians in America do not realize how blessed they are, and they are guilty of the exact nonsense that the Israelites were in the wilderness. The Israelites couldn't be satisfied or thankful for anything, and Christians today are just as spoiled and ungrateful . . . especially considering the world around us.

Nihil Obstat
Nov 26th 2009, 06:09 PM
Is Complaining a sin?

Read the account of Israel in the wilderness and see how God responded to their complaining...

arcadia
Nov 27th 2009, 01:15 AM
Of course it can be. My friend begged God for a specific job. He got it. It's a good job that pays $50,000+ per year and gives him 4 days on and for off. But he has complained thousands of times. When I confronted him he knew it was a sin and has since repented. Why do we whine and complain and actually curse our circumstances to God? My kids complain sometimes and they really do not know how good they have it.

Moxie
Nov 27th 2009, 01:20 AM
God wants us to come to Him and reveal everything to Him. So, we can come to Him with our complaints but at what point do we say it is a sin? I too would look at the Israelites. They complained of their plight but did not give honor or thankfulness to God. When we pray if we begin our prayer with Praise and worship to Him then confess our own sins, pray for others and then begin to reveal our complaints we may find there is little to complain about. :)

Desperaux
Nov 27th 2009, 02:11 AM
Is Complaining a sin?


Laterally, yes.

1 Corinthians 10:9-10
Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.


Vertically, no.

Psalm 142:2
I pour out my complaints before him
and tell him all my troubles.


Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

jayne
Nov 27th 2009, 03:44 AM
Well, we all do it. And in my mind it comes from not being grateful.

Here's a link to a commentary by Gene Taylor that's pretty doggone good.

http://www.padfield.com/2001/murmuring.html

It's very long, so I'll just post an excerpt.




Make no mistake, murmuring is sin. "Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:14-15 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Phil.%202.14-15)). "Be hospitable to one another without grumbling" (1 Pet. 4:9 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/1%20Pet.%204.9)). It causes one to perish (1 Cor. 10:10 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/1%20Cor.%2010.10)).

Sadly, murmuring is one of the most prevalent sins among some brethren. Those who would never think of committing adultery or murder are guilty of this sin. Some who have the highest morals, adhere most closely to doctrine and are most liberal in their giving negate all the good things they do by whining.

Discontent causes murmuring. Christians are taught to be content with necessities (1 Tim. 6:7-8 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/1%20Tim.%206.7-8)); what they have (Heb. 13:5 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Heb.%2013.5)); their lot (Phil. 4:11 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Phil.%204.11)); and God's way (Luke 5:5 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Luke%205.5)).

Selfishness (http://www.padfield.com/1996/self1.html) is the second cause of murmuring (Phil. 2:4 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Phil.%202.4); Rom. 15:2 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Rom.%2015.2)). Selfish people (http://www.padfield.com/1996/self.html) want their way and do not like it one bit if they do not get it, therefore, they murmur.

Being discontent and selfish, one murmurs and whines and thus sins bringing condemnation to himself. Another product of his actions, though, is division among God's people for that is what the murmurer is trying to do -- get people to become sympathetic to his point of view and antagonistic toward the other point of view. The Proverbist tells us that one of the seven things God hates is "one who sows discord among brethren" (Prov. 6:19 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Prov.%206.19)).

Let us not murmur. Rather, let us be content in life. Let us be happy and "rejoice always in the Lord" (Phil. 4:4 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/Phil.%204.4)). Let us be thankful for our blessings and be characterized by a spirit of gratitude (1 Tim. 2:1 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/nkjv/1%20Tim.%202.1)).

theBelovedDisciple
Nov 27th 2009, 10:21 PM
Look to the Psalms...

David poured out his heart to the LORD, this included complaints, worries, joy in times of refreshing and remorse for his actions...

God didn't see David's complaints as being sinful... God got David to do what He wanted Him to do.. that is to Pour out his heart to HIm.. in Humility and Truth.. God listen's.. His ears are attuned to that..

David was Grateful and realized that everything he had came from God...

I believe complaining when it gets to the point of being 'ungrateful' .. that crosses the line and will become 'sin'... it leads to being bitter and angry.. which is the opposite of the Fruits of the Spirit..

i've met some people who have everything.. they are very very well off...

but are some of the biggest complainers I've ever met.. never happy or content...

they say they are 'grateful'..

but thru the 'words' of their 'mouth's....

these ...... which comes from their heart...

this says otherwise....

ye shall know them by their fruit.

VerticalReality
Nov 27th 2009, 11:03 PM
Look to the Psalms...

David poured out his heart to the LORD, this included complaints, worries, joy in times of refreshing and remorse for his actions...

God didn't see David's complaints as being sinful... God got David to do what He wanted Him to do.. that is to Pour out his heart to HIm.. in Humility and Truth.. God listen's.. His ears are attuned to that..

David was Grateful and realized that everything he had came from God...

I believe complaining when it gets to the point of being 'ungrateful' .. that crosses the line and will become 'sin'... it leads to being bitter and angry.. which is the opposite of the Fruits of the Spirit..

i've met some people who have everything.. they are very very well off...

but are some of the biggest complainers I've ever met.. never happy or content...

they say they are 'grateful'..

but thru the 'words' of their 'mouth's....

these ...... which comes from their heart...

this says otherwise....

ye shall know them by their fruit.

There is a HUGE difference between what David is doing in Psalms compared to the Israelites (i.e. whining about manna).

David struggled with things, sure. However, the Israelites were a bunch of whining, complaining babies who were not grateful for a single blessing they got. They were so stiff-necked and hard-hearted that they had the audacity to desire a return to Egypt.

Desperaux
Nov 27th 2009, 11:06 PM
There is a HUGE difference between what David is doing in Psalms compared to the Israelites (i.e. whining about manna).

David struggled with things, sure. However, the Israelites were a bunch of whining, complaining babies who were not grateful for a single blessing they got. They were so stiff-necked and hard-hearted that they had the audacity to desire a return to Egypt.

The point is that God wants us to complain and pour out our heartfelt concerns to Him and not to others. he can certainly correct us when we come to him as David did with a whining spirit, but when we do as the Israelites did and complain to all who will hear, it brings dire consequences.

VerticalReality
Nov 27th 2009, 11:09 PM
The point is that God wants us to complain and pour out our heartfelt concerns to Him and not to others. he can certainly correct us when we come to him as David did with a whining spirit, but when we do as the Israelites did and complain to all who will hear, it brings dire consequences.

Where did David whine about God's blessing or provision?

Desperaux
Nov 27th 2009, 11:12 PM
Where did David whine about God's blessing or provision?

I think I shouldn't have used the word, "whine", although he did do a lot of weeping complaining about his plight as fugitive from Saul, etc. However, He always kept to his faith in God, for which the Lord was pleased and blessed Him.

VerticalReality
Nov 27th 2009, 11:14 PM
I think I shouldn't have used the word, "whine", although he did do a lot of complaining about his plight as fugitive from Saul, etc. However, He always kept to his faith in God, for which the Lord was pleased and blessed Him.

So, what I'm saying is there is a difference between taking your troubles to the Lord (David) and whining/complaining to the Lord about His blessings (Israelites).

Of course, God wants us to come to Him when and if we are troubled or we are going through some trial/tribulation. However, we are to rejoice in Him always and be thankful for the abundance of blessings He has so freely provided for us despite our insufficiencies. That's the point I'm making.

Desperaux
Nov 27th 2009, 11:17 PM
So, what I'm saying is there is a difference between taking your troubles to the Lord (David) and whining/complaining to the Lord about His blessings (Israelites).

Of course, God wants us to come to Him when and if we are troubled or we are going through some trial/tribulation. However, we are to rejoice in Him always and be thankful for the abundance of blessings He has so freely provided for us despite our insufficiencies. That's the point I'm making.

I agree with that!

JesusMySavior
Nov 27th 2009, 11:20 PM
Is Complaining a sin?

Yes. Philippians 2:14-17

theBelovedDisciple
Nov 27th 2009, 11:31 PM
There is a HUGE difference between what David is doing in Psalms compared to the Israelites (i.e. whining about manna).

David struggled with things, sure. However, the Israelites were a bunch of whining, complaining babies who were not grateful for a single blessing they got. They were so stiff-necked and hard-hearted that they had the audacity to desire a return to Egypt.


Did I say otherwise??

What you speak about as far as the Isrealites complaining about manna. in the wilderness..

those would fall into the category that I described as some modern day people I know.. their hearts are the same as those Isrealites who complained in the wilderness of the Manna...

man hasn't changed.. nor has his/her heart.. IT is still lost and in need of Redemption....


and until that Happnens.. he/she will never be content and unable to recognize the Blessings they recieve from Him who is the Source of those Blessings.. and Him who Gives Freely...

and they will daily complain..

and Scritpture acutally prophesies of a time coming and is now.. when complainers will fill the streets, alleyways, and highways...

IsItLove?
Nov 28th 2009, 06:09 AM
Can complaining be pride?

I am thinking of when Moses complained about his ability to speak when God sent him to Pharaoh.

Servant89
Nov 29th 2009, 12:15 AM
Laterally, yes.

1 Corinthians 10:9-10
Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And donít grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.


Vertically, no.

Psalm 142:2
I pour out my complaints before him
and tell him all my troubles.


Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

Man, I like that answer, amen.

Shalom

Equipped_4_Love
Nov 29th 2009, 06:16 PM
So, what I'm saying is there is a difference between taking your troubles to the Lord (David) and whining/complaining to the Lord about His blessings (Israelites).


The Israelites' problem was not that they were complaining about their blessings, but that they were actually failing to see their blessings. At first, they were happy with the manna, but after a while, they grew tired of it, but they weren't seeing God's provision in the matter because their hearts were not set on God.

They were in the flesh, I guess you could say.

kay-gee
Nov 30th 2009, 01:43 PM
Complaining is one of my favourite things and one of my most endearing qualities. If there were a such thing as a professional complainer, I'd apply for the job. I'd love to have a TV or radio show where every can complain. Get it out in the open! We moved a few years ago to this tropical paradise in The Bahamas. I soon found all kinds of things to compain about. Drives my wife nuts!


all the best...

JohnDB
Nov 30th 2009, 02:46 PM
The Israelites' problem was not that they were complaining about their blessings, but that they were actually failing to see their blessings. At first, they were happy with the manna, but after a while, they grew tired of it, but they weren't seeing God's provision in the matter because their hearts were not set on God.

They were in the flesh, I guess you could say.

Being happy in every circumstance isn't exactly easy.
Poverty sucks.

But this pertains to a commandment. Jesus spoke on "wanting more" more so in the Sermon on the Mount than anything else. Not coveting more is tough when everyone has something to sell that promises to take away some kind of pain. (lonliness, boredom, tedium, low status and etc)

So many play the lottery in hopes to be rich and not have to worry about work any more...but the sad fact of the matter is that if they ever did win the lottery they would be in search of true love and friendship...and not ever find it. When you pay more in taxes on your house than most pay for their entire mortgage you begin to have less and less in common with your friends.

I am happy where I am at. I may whine and complain a lot about it at times...but I don't really mean it. I can't have what I really want till the day I die anyway. I am living life in the Exile...waiting for the OK to go home in the Promised Land. There aren't any sad tears in Heaven...gotta have them all here.

Chellee
Nov 30th 2009, 09:54 PM
I am unsure if complaining is actually a sin, but I believe that if we as followers of Christ are complaining all the time around friends and family who are unbelievers, we may well be damaging our witness to them!

JapanKen
Dec 4th 2009, 09:05 AM
Questioning our abilities and pouring out our complaints "concerns" to the Lord is one thing. But murmuring about His blessings like the Childring of Isreal in the wilderness is another thing.

IsItLove?
Dec 4th 2009, 09:25 AM
I may whine and complain a lot about it at times...but I don't really mean it.

Mat (http://net.bible.org/bible.php?book=Mat&chapter=15#18) 15:18 (http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Mat&chapter=15&verse=18)http://net.bible.org/images/advanced.gif
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.

IsItLove?
Dec 4th 2009, 09:31 AM
Why did Moses complaining about his ability to speak make God angry?

Is our complaining about not being enough for the given task our pride showing?

Us thinking that it somehow depends on us rather then God?

Is complaining prideful?

JohnDB
Dec 4th 2009, 12:27 PM
Mat (http://net.bible.org/bible.php?book=Mat&chapter=15#18) 15:18 (http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Mat&chapter=15&verse=18)http://net.bible.org/images/advanced.gif
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.

It isn't so much what is said as in the manner in which it is said.

I work in the construction field. Work is real tight right now. There are at least 200 guys waiting to take any job I don't really want to do.

I may moan and complain while at work about some of the tasks I am assigned to do but...if I don't want to do them I can always go home. Someone else will be glad to do them and whine while doing them the same as me. I am in the union so there won't be any repercussions from me sitting on the couch. Everyone knows it too.

Verbal communication is one thing. Non verbal is another. When the two go hand in hand together...big difference.

I may whine about climbing that ladder to put up some conduit but I do a good job while up there and get all of the conduits straight and lined up. Someone who really complains about working up high won't do a good job and get them straight. It will look bad and...now we know that they didn't want to do it.


It is a way of letting off steam with men. Frustrations abound in our type of work and whining about something doesn't neccesarily mean anything. We all hate ladder climbing. We would rather use scissor lifts...but they won't fit everywhere.


Moses was saying that he wasn't good enough to say the words of God to the people as if he would screw it up somehow. So God gave him Aaron. (which including another person/filter in the situation usually makes things worse)

Complaining and whining to God...that can make the situation really really bad for you but really really good all at the same time. Aaron's wife and son's both were nuicances to Moses later on...adding to his misery of leading these people. Aaron wasn't though. At the waters of Mirabah....that was another story. The people had realized that their requests/whining was heard by God. So they set up a big big whine and scolding of God to get what they wanted. They were acting as if they were doing God a favor by being his people. (clue...big mistake)

Attitude is everything.

Twin2
Dec 4th 2009, 12:57 PM
The point is that God wants us to complain and pour out our heartfelt concerns to Him and not to others. he can certainly correct us when we come to him as David did with a whining spirit, but when we do as the Israelites did and complain to all who will hear, it brings dire consequences.

I think we should tell God how we feel. He knows anyway, but he wants us to to come to him with everything.
Psalm 55:22 tells us "Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."


I'm not sure that I would call it complaining if we go to God with the right spirit. He knows our hearts. He knows are intentions. If we go to God with our hurts, are we truly complaining, or are we seeking relief?

Complaining to others has the potential to cause harm to someone, and even work against the witness of the Lord.

Desperaux
Dec 4th 2009, 05:09 PM
I think we should tell God how we feel. He knows anyway, but he wants us to to come to him with everything.
Psalm 55:22 tells us "Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."


I'm not sure that I would call it complaining if we go to God with the right spirit. He knows our hearts. He knows are intentions. If we go to God with our hurts, are we truly complaining, or are we seeking relief?

Complaining to others has the potential to cause harm to someone, and even work against the witness of the Lord.

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Dani H
Dec 4th 2009, 10:21 PM
There is nothing wrong to pour our your heart's burdens before God.

At some point in the game, however, if you're constantly unhappy, you're going to have to take a look at your life and ask yourself if you really just don't believe that God is enough, or that what He has given you is enough. We either believe that who we are and what we have is from God's hands, or not. He is either enough, or not. We are either satisfied with Him, and everything He has put into our lives, or not. He is either in control, or He is not.

It's okay to be human. God understands that we are weak. He knows we have feelings and that things can be too much for us at times.

It's not okay to live in a constant state of grumbliness though, and it's definitely not okay to infect others with it, when we're supposed to be lifting them up. How can we lift up others when we're constantly grumbly?

The Israelites knew who had delivered them. They witnessed the miracles and signs and wonders and God's supernatural provision. They could have stayed behind in Egypt, but chose not to. They were in the desert by their own choice. Except now all of a sudden they forgot all the good things God had done, and the abysmal lives they led in slavery and got their visions and attitudes all distorted. That is unbelief, it is rebellion, and is dangerous. It's believing a lie about where they came from, and what had happened, and accusing God of having sinister motives for bringing them out of Egypt.

IsItLove?
Dec 5th 2009, 07:58 AM
Interesting,
I have heard this verse so many times but have never knew it was about God strengthening us to be content in all circumstances. I have always heard it as us overcoming and changing our circumstances through God's strength.

Philippians 4:11 .... for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, [/URL]whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things (http://net.bible.org/bible.php?book=Phi&chapter=4#n8) through the one [URL="http://net.bible.org/bible.php?book=Phi&chapter=4#n10"]who strengthens me.

JohnDB
Dec 5th 2009, 01:55 PM
Sin isn't so much an act as it is a heart condition.

The "trick" of being content in all situations isn't really a trick at all. It is faith.

You either have it or don't.

Sin exists in a heart conditon that says God/the world owes you more than what you have.
It is all about wanting more.
That is the 10th commandment and stuff from the sermon on the mount....and the reason Jesus talked about it so much on that mountain is that it leads to more sin than any other. Adam and Eve wanted more...so did Cain, Lot, David, Solomon, Gehazi and a whole host of others.

manichunter
Dec 5th 2009, 05:17 PM
Yes, when it so a lack of trust in God........... Whatever is not of faith is sin.......

arcadia
Dec 6th 2009, 12:29 AM
how about nagging?:eek:

IsItLove?
Dec 6th 2009, 12:50 AM
Whatever is not of faith is sin.......
First the bug is creepy.

Second this would be a good topic to explore deeper.

JohnDB
Dec 6th 2009, 01:15 AM
how about nagging?:eek:

Are you talking about a wife nagging her husband?

That is something that shows that she doesn't respect him. It isn't going to get her love...

Men won't love a woman that doesn't respect him.

gringo300
Dec 16th 2009, 12:07 AM
The Israelites were slaves in Egypt.

Does anyone on here really think they were having one big party in Egypt???

Think about it.

markedward
Dec 16th 2009, 12:11 AM
"O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
Complaint? Yes. Sin? No.

Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

IsItLove?
Dec 16th 2009, 06:26 AM
"O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"Complaint? Yes. Sin? No.
Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
Are you sure that is a complaint?
It seems to me that if they said you are taking too long it would be a complaint, but asking how much longer will you wait might not be a complaint considering the heart?

buster
Sep 29th 2012, 06:09 AM
It is scary, but in fact, there was once a girl from South Korea who visited Hell and came back, and reported seeing people who complained in Hell. So I guess that means that not only is complaining a sin, but the Bible may as well just say; "If thou shalt complain even about nonstop continuous tribulation (including poverty, isolation, misery, and winter) on Earth, let's see how thou complaineth about Hell!"

JohnDB
Sep 29th 2012, 02:13 PM
But what if my spiritual gifts are whining and sarcasm?

Boo
Sep 30th 2012, 10:03 AM
But what if my spiritual gifts are whining and sarcasm?

Don't forget the gifts of confusion and irritability.

Many people receive those gifts, too!

JohnDB
Sep 30th 2012, 12:49 PM
I would think that when praying people lose sight of to Whom it is that they are speaking to.

s4b4b47
Oct 3rd 2012, 03:22 PM
Is Complaining a sin?

I hope not. I find it quite therapeutic

Boo
Oct 4th 2012, 12:31 PM
I have learned to be content in my life. I had the habit of complaining, but it never proved fruitful and it showed my lack of appreciation for the things that I do have.

Non-complainers are much nicer to be around, and I do want people to accept my presence. I would be a terrible witness if I acted like I used to.

Scooby_Snacks
Oct 4th 2012, 12:57 PM
First the bug is creepy.



LOL I thought it was on my screen!

Jude1:16 Uses the word malcontents for complainers.

The definition has to fit the action.
There might be a time when I need to confront something in particular, that doesn't mean I am complaining but shedding light into a dark area.

I like what JohnDB stated here.



Sin exists in a heart conditon that says God/the world owes you more than what you have.
It is all about wanting more.
That is the 10th commandment and stuff from the sermon on the mount....and the reason Jesus talked about it so much on that mountain is that it leads to more sin than any other. Adam and Eve wanted more...so did Cain, Lot, David, Solomon, Gehazi and a whole host of others.

John 8:32
Oct 10th 2012, 04:06 PM
Laterally, yes.

1 Corinthians 10:9-10
Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And donít grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.


Vertically, no.

Psalm 142:2
I pour out my complaints before him
and tell him all my troubles.

Psa 142:2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

complaint:
H7879
שׂיח
śı̂yach
see'-akh
From H7878; a contemplation; by implication an utterance: - babbling, communication, complaint, meditation, prayer, talk.


Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

John 8:32
Oct 10th 2012, 04:09 PM
Num 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
Num 12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
Num 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Num 12:4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
Num 12:5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
Num 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
Num 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
Num 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Num 12:9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
Num 12:10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Draw your own conclusions, I have.