The People Complain
1Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the ears of the Lord; and the Lord heard them and His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some at the outskirts of the camp.
2The people then cried out to Moses; and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire Lit sank downdied out.
3So that place was named I.e., the place for burningTaberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them.
4Now the rabble who were among them Lit desired a desirehad greedy cravings; and the sons of Israel also wept again and said, “Who will give us Lit flesh, and so throughout the chmeat to eat?
5We remember the fish which we used to eat for free in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;
6but now our Lit soul has dried upappetite is gone. There is nothing at all Lit for our eyesto look at except this manna!”
7Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of I.e., a tree gumbdellium.
8The people would roam about and gather it and grind it Lit withbetween two millstones, or pound it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make loaves with it; and its taste was like the taste of Lit juice of oilcake baked with oil.
9When the dew came down on the camp at night, the manna would come down Lit onwith it.
The Complaint of Moses
10Now Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, each one at the entrance of his tent; and the anger of the Lord became very hot, and Lit it was evil in Moses’ eyesMoses was displeased.
11So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You Lit treated badlybeen so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have put the burden of all this people on me?
12Was it I who conceived all this people? Or did I give birth to them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them Lit against your chestin your arms, as a Or foster fathernurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers’?
13Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat so that we may eat!’
14I am not able to carry all this people by myself, because it is too Lit heavyburdensome for me.
15So if You are going to deal with me this way, please kill me now, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my misery.”
Seventy Elders to Assist Moses
16The Lord therefore said to Moses, “Gather for Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their stand there with you.
17Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take away some of the Spirit who is upon you, and put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it by yourself.
18And you shall say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, “Or Who will give...?Oh that someone would give us meat to eat! For we were well-off in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat and you shall eat.
19You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days,
20Lit until abut for a whole month, until it comes out of your nose and Lit becomes nausea to youmakes you nauseated; because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” ’ ”
21But Moses said, “The people, among whom I am included, are six hundred thousand on foot! Yet You have said, ‘I will give them meat, so that they may eat for a whole month.’
22Are flocks and herds to be slaughtered for them, so that it will be sufficient for them? Or are all the fish of the sea to be Lit gatheredcaught for them, so that it will be sufficient for them?”
23Then the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lords Lit hand too shortpower too little? Now you shall see whether My word will Lit happen to youcome true for you or not.”
24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. He also gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and positioned them around the tent.
25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took away some of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. Yet they did not do it again.
26But two men had remained in the camp; the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the Lit secondother, Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (and they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp.
27So a young man ran and informed Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28Then Joshua the son of Nun, the personal servant of Moses from his youth, responded and said, “My lord Moses, restrain them!”
29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? If only all the Lords people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”
30Then Moses Lit withdrew toreturned to the camp, both he and the elders of Israel.
The Quail and the Plague
31Now a wind burst forth from the Lord and it brought quail from the sea, and dropped them beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side all around the camp, and about About 3 ft. or 90 cmtwo cubits deep on the surface of the ground.
32And the people Lit arosespent all that day, all night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quail (the one who gathered least gathered About 77 cubic feet or 2.2 cubic metersten homers) and spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
33While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague.
34So that place was named I.e., the graves of greedinessKibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.
35From Kibroth-hattaavah the people set out for Hazeroth, and they Lit wereremained at Hazeroth.