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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1 All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 All the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "We wish to God that we had died in the land of Egypt," and "we wish to God we had died in this wilderness!
3 And why has the LORD brought us to this land? To fall by the sword so that our wives and our children should be a prey? Is it not better for us to return into Egypt?"
4 And they said one to another, "Let us select a captain and return into Egypt."
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of those who searched the land, rent their clothes;
7 And they spoke to all the company of the children of Israel, saying, "The land, which we passed through to scout, is an exceedingly good land.
8 If the LORD delights in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which flows with milk and honey.
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, neither fear the people of the land for they are bread for us; their defense has departed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.
10 But all the congregation wanted to stone them [Joshua and Caleb] with stones.1 And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be before they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them?
12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of you a greater nation and mightier than they."
13 And Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians shall hear of it, (for you brought up this people in your might from among them);
14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land for they have heard that you LORD are among this people; that you LORD are seen face to face; that your cloud stands over them; and that you go before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and by night in a pillar of fire.
15 Now if you shall kill all this people as one man, then the nations that have heard the fame of you will speak, saying,
16 'Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to them, therefore he has slain them in the wilderness.'
17 And now, I beseech you, let the power of my Lord be great, according as you have spoken, saying,
18 'The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation.'
19 Pardon, I beseech you, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your mercy, and as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."
20 And the LORD said, "I have pardoned according to your word.
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.2
22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of those who provoked me see it;
24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where he went; and his seed shall possess it.
25 (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelled in the valley.) Tomorrow turn and go into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea."
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
27 "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
28 Say to them, 'As truly as I live, says the Lord, 'as you have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you.
29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; all who were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward who have murmured against me.
30 Doubtless you shall not come into the land, concerning that I swore to make you dwell in it, except for Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, the son of Nun.
31 But as to your little ones, whom you said would be a prey —I will bring them into the land, and they shall know the land which you have despised.3
32 But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness for forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses are wasted in the wilderness.
34 After the number of the days that you scouted the land, even forty days, each day for a year, you shall bear your iniquities, even forty years, and you shall know my alienation.
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it to all this evil congregation, who are gathered together against me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.'"
36 And the men, whom Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
37 Even those men who brought back the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among the men who went to search the land, remained alive [because they believed God].
39 And Moses told these sayings to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly.
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and got them up into the top of the mountain, saying, "Lo, we are here, and will go up to the place which the LORD has promised for we have sinned."
41 And Moses said, So now you are transgressing the commandment of the LORD? But it shall not prosper.
42 Do not go up [into the land] for the LORD is not among you, and you will be struck before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up to the hill top. Nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, did not leave the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites who dwelled in that hill, and struck them, and pursued them even to Hormah.
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|Numbers 11:1 |
1 Now the people complained, grumbling about their hardships on the journey;1 the LORD heard it, he was displeased, and his anger was kindled against them; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed those who were in the outer most parts of the camp.