|Exodus 16 |
1 Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out from Elim and came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt.
2 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness,
3 And the children of Israel said to them, "Would to God that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat around the pots of meat and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out every day and gather enough for each day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
5 And on the sixth day they shall prepare what they bring in, it is to be twice as much as they gather daily."
6 And Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, "In the evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out from the land of Egypt,
7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, for he hears your grumbling against the LORD. For what are we, that you grumble against us?"
8 And Moses said, "This shall happen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning, because the LORD hears your grumbling that you murmur against him. For what are we? Your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD."
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, 'Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.'"
10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud!
11 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
12 "I have heard the grumbling of the children of Israel; speak to them, saying, 'In the evening you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'"
13 And it came to pass, that in the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
14 And when the dew had gone, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as fine as the hoar frost on the ground.
15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, "Manna [What is it]?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "This is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.
16 This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Each man is to gather as much as he needs, an omer [1 gal.] for each person according to the number of persons who are in his tent.'"
17 And the children of Israel did so, some gathered more and some gathered less.
18 And when they measured it with an omer, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack; every man gathered according to his need.
19 And Moses said, "Let no man keep any of it until the morning."
20 But they did not listen to Moses; some of them kept part of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank; and Moses was angry with them.
21 So they gathered it each morning, every man as much as he needed, and when the sun became hot, it melted.
22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers (1+ gallon) for each person; and all the rulers of the congregation came and reported this to Moses.
23 Then he said to them, "This is what the LORD has said, 'Tomorrow is the rest of the Holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake whatever you will bake, and boil whatever you will boil today; and whatever is left over lay aside for you to be kept until the morning.'"
24 So they laid it aside until the morning, as Moses had ordered; and it did not stink, neither was there any worm in it.
25 Then Moses said, "Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD. Today you will not find it in the field.
26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there will be none."
27 And it came to pass that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none.
28 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will [all of] you refuse to keep my commands and my laws?
29 See, the LORD has given you the Sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you the bread of two days; let every man remain in his place on the seventh day; let no man go out of his place."
30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
31 And the house of Israel called the bread Manna; it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
32 And Moses said, "This is what the LORD commands: 'Fill an omer of it to be kept for your future generations, so that they may see the bread with which I have fed you in the wilderness when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.'"
33 And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar and put an omer full of manna in it, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept through your generations."
34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony to be kept.
35 The children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the borders of the land of Canaan.
36 (An omer is about 2.2 quarts.)
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