Numbers 11

The People Complain

1Now the people became like a  those who complain of adversity b  in 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 c  The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the  Lord and the fire
Lit sank down
died out.
3So the name of that place was called
I.e. burning
f  Taberah, because the fire of the  Lord burned among them.

4The g  rabble who were among them
Lit desired a desire
had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, i  Who will give us
Lit flesh, and so throughout the ch
meat to eat?
5 k  We 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, 6but now l  our
Lit soul is dried up
appetite is gone. There is nothing at all
Lit for our eyes
to look at except this manna.”

7 o  Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of p  bdellium. 8The people would go about and gather it and grind it
Lit with
between 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
Lit juice of oil
cakes baked with oil.
9 s  When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall
Lit on
with it.

The Complaint of Moses

10Now 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
Lit it was evil in Moses’ sight
Moses was displeased.
11 v  So Moses said to the  Lord, “Why have You
Lit dealt ill with
been 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?
12Was 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
Or foster-father
y  nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which z  You swore to their fathers’?
13Where am I to get meat to give to aa  all this people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’ 14 ab  I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too
Lit heavy
burdensome for me.
15 ad  So 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

16The  Lord therefore said to Moses, “Gather for Me ae  seventy men from the elders of Israel, af  whom 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 ag  Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of ah  the 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. 18Say to the people, ‘ ai  Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept aj  in 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. 19You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20
Lit until
but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because al  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, are 600,000 on foot; yet You have said, ‘I will give them meat, so that they may eat for a whole month.’ 22Should 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?” 23The  Lord said to Moses, “Is am  the  Lord’s
Lit hand short
power limited? Now you shall see whether ao  My word will
Lit befall you
come true for you or not.”

24So Moses went out and aq  told 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 ar  Then 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.

26But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the
Lit second
other Medad. And at  the 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.
27So a young man ran and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28Then au  Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, av  Moses, my lord, restrain them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? aw  Would that all the  Lord’s people were prophets, that the  Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” 30Then Moses
Lit removed himself
returned to the camp, both he and the elders of Israel.

The Quail and the Plague

31 ay  Now 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
Or from about two cubits above
about two
I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
cubits deep on the surface of the ground.
32The people
Lit rose
spent all day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten
I.e. One homer equals approx 11 bu
bd  homers) and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
33 be  While 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 the name of that place was called
I.e. the graves of greediness
bg  Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.
35From Kibroth-hattaavah bh  the people set out for Hazeroth, and they
Lit were
remained at Hazeroth.
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