Manna and Quail Provided
1The entire Israelite community departed from Elim and came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt.16:1 Nm 33:10–11
2The entire Israelite community grumbled16:2 Ex 15:24; 1Co 10:10 against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
4Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.16:4 Dt 8:2; Jn 6:31
5On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.”16:5 Lit as gathering day to day
6So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “This evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt,16:6 Ex 6:7; Nm 16:28–30
7and in the morning you will see the Lord’s glory because he has heard your complaints about him. For who are we that you complain about us?” 16:7 Nm 14:27; 16:11; Is 35:2; 40:5
9Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your complaints.’”
11The Lord spoke to Moses,
12“I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them: At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”
13So at evening quail16:13 Nm 11:9,31; Ps 78:27–28; 105:40 came and covered the camp. In the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp.
14When the layer of dew evaporated, there were fine flakes on the desert surface, as fine as frost on the ground.
15When the Israelites saw it, they asked one another, “What is it?” because they didn’t know what it was.
Moses told them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.16:15 Ex 16:4; Jn 6:31
16This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each person needs to eat. You may take two quarts16:16 Lit an omer per individual, according to the number of people each of you has in his tent.’”
17So the Israelites did this. Some gathered a lot, some a little.
18When they measured it by quarts,16:18 Lit by an omer the person who gathered a lot had no surplus, and the person who gathered a little had no shortage. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat.16:18 2Co 8:15
19Moses said to them, “No one is to let any of it remain until morning.”
20But they didn’t listen to Moses; some people left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. Therefore Moses was angry with them.
21They gathered it every morning. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat, but when the sun grew hot, it melted.
22On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, four quarts16:22 Lit two omers apiece, and all the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses.
24So they set it aside until morning as Moses commanded, and it didn’t stink or have maggots in it.
25“Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a Sabbath to the Lord. Today you won’t find any in the field.
26For six days you will gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”
27Yet on the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they did not find any.
28Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you16:28 The Hb word for you is pl, referring to the whole nation. refuse to keep my commands16:28 2Kg 17:14; Ps 78:10 and instructions?
29Understand that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he will give you two days’ worth of bread. Each of you stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the seventh day.”
30So the people rested on the seventh day.
31The house of Israel named the substance manna.16:31 = what?; Ex 16:1516:31 Ex 16:14; Nm 11:7; Dt 8:3 It resembled coriander seed, was white, and tasted like wafers made with honey.
32Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Two quarts16:32 Lit ‘A full omer of it are to be preserved throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread I fed you in the wilderness when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”
33Moses told Aaron, “Take a container and put two quarts16:33 Lit a full omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be preserved throughout your generations.”
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