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 Numbers 11
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The People Complain

1 Now the people became like those R297 who complain of adversity in R298 the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. 2 The R299 people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died F142 out. 3 So the name of that place was called Taberah, R300 F143 because the fire of the LORD burned among them.

4 The rabble R301 who were among them had F144 greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who R302 will give us meat F145 to eat? 5 "We R303 remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6 but now our R304 appetite F146 is gone. There is nothing at all to F147 look at except this manna."

7 Now R305 the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. R306 8 The people would go about and gather it and grind it between F148 two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes F149 baked with oil. 9 When R307 the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with F150 it.

The Complaint of Moses

10 Now Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, each man at the doorway of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly, and Moses F151 was displeased. 11 So R308 Moses said to the LORD, "Why have You been F152 so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me? 12 "Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, `Carry them in your bosom as a nurse R309 F153 carries a nursing infant, to the land which You R310 swore to their fathers'? 13 "Where am I to get meat to give to all R311 this people? For they weep before me, saying, `Give us meat that we may eat!' 14 "I R312 alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too burdensome F154 for me. 15 "So R313 if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness."

Seventy Elders to Assist

16 The LORD therefore said to Moses, "Gather for Me seventy R314 men from the elders of Israel, whom R315 you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17 "Then R316 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the R317 Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone. 18 "Say to the people, `Consecrate R318 yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in R319 the ears of the LORD, saying, "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. 19 `You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but F155 a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you R320 have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?""' 21 But Moses said, "The people, among whom I am, are 600,000 on foot; yet You have said, `I will give them meat, so that they may eat for a whole month.' 22 "Should flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to be sufficient for them? Or should all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?" 23 The LORD said to Moses, "Is the R321 LORD'S power F156 limited? Now you shall see whether My R322 word will come F157 true for you or not."

24 So Moses went out and told R323 the people the words of the LORD. Also, he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and stationed them around the tent. 25 Then R324 the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again.

26 But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other F158 Medad. And the R325 Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp. 27 So a young man ran and told Moses and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." 28 Then Joshua R326 the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, "Moses, R327 my lord, restrain them." 29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would R328 that all the LORD'S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!" 30 Then Moses returned F159 to the camp, both he and the elders of Israel.

The Quail and the Plague

31 Now R329 there went forth a wind from the LORD and it brought quail from the sea, and let them fall 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 F160 two cubits F161 deep on the surface of the ground. 32 The people spent F162 all day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers) R330 F163 and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 While R331 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. 34 So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, R332 F164 because there they buried the people who had been greedy. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the R333 people set out for Hazeroth, and they remained F165 at Hazeroth.

F142: Lit sank down
F143: I.e. burning
F144: Lit desired a desire
F145: Lit flesh, and so throughout the ch
F146: Lit soul is dried up
F147: Lit for our eyes
F148: Lit with
F149: Lit juice of oil
F150: Lit on
F151: Lit it was evil in Moses' sight
F152: Lit dealt ill with
F153: Or foster-father
F154: Lit heavy
F155: Lit until
F156: Lit hand short
F157: Lit befall you
F158: Lit second
F159: Lit removed himself
F160: Or from about two cubits above
F161: I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
F162: Lit rose
F163: I.e. One homer equals approx 11 bu
F164: I.e. the graves of greediness
F165: Lit were

R297: Numbers 14:2; 16:11; 17:5
R298: Numbers 11:18; 14:28
R299: Numbers 12:11,13; 21:7
R300: Deuteronomy 9:22
R301: Exodus 12:38; 1 Corinthians 10:6
R302: Psalms 78:20
R303: Exodus 16:3
R304: Numbers 21:5
R305: Exodus 16:31
R306: Genesis 2:12
R307: Exodus 16:13,14
R308: Exodus 5:22; Deuteronomy 1:12
R309: 2 Kings 10:1,5; Isaiah 49:23
R310: Genesis 24:7; Exodus 13:5,11; 33:1
R311: Numbers 11:21,22; John 6:5-9
R312: Exodus 18:18; Deuteronomy 1:12
R313: Exodus 32:32
R314: Exodus 24:1,9
R315: Exodus 18:25
R316: Numbers 11:25
R317: 1 Samuel 10:6; Joel 2:28
R318: Exodus 19:10,22
R319: Numbers 11:1
R320: Joshua 24:27; 1 Samuel 10:19
R321: Isaiah 50:2; 59:1
R322: Ezekiel 12:25; 24:14
R323: Numbers 11:16
R324: Numbers 11:17; 12:5
R325: Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 10:6; 2 Chronicles 15:1; Nehemiah 9:30
R326: Exodus 33:11; Joshua 1:1
R327: Mark 9:38-40
R328: 1 Corinthians 14:5
R329: Exodus 16:13; Psalms 78:26-28; 105:40
R330: Ezekiel 45:11
R331: Psalms 78:29-31; 106:15
R332: Deuteronomy 9:22
R333: Numbers 33:17


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