NASB — Numbers 11 — KJV

The People Complain

1 Now the people became like athose who complain of adversity bin 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 aThe people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire Idied out. 3 So the name of that place was called IaTaberah, because the fire of the LORD burned among them.

[1] aNu 14:2; 16:11; 17:5 bNu 11:18; 14:28
[2] ILit sank down aNu 12:11, 13; 21:7
[3] II.e. burning aDt 9:22

4 ¶ The arabble who were among them Ihad greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “bWho will give us IImeat to eat? 5 aWe 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 aour Iappetite is gone. There is nothing at all IIto look at except this manna.”

[4] ILit desired a desire IILit flesh, and so throughout the ch aEx 12:38; 1Co 10:6 bPs 78:20
[5] aEx 16:3
[6] ILit soul is dried up IILit for our eyes aNu 21:5

7aNow the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bbdellium. 8 The people would go about and gather [it] and grind [it] Ibetween 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 IIcakes baked with oil. 9 aWhen the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall Iwith it.

[7] aEx 16:31 bGn 2:12
[8] ILit with IILit juice of oil
[9] ILit on aEx 16:13, 14

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 IMoses was displeased. 11 aSo Moses said to the LORD, “Why have You Ibeen 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 Ianurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which bYou swore to their fathers’? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to aall this people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’ 14 aI alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too Iburdensome for me. 15 aSo 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.”

[10] ILit it was evil in Moses’ sight
[11] ILit dealt ill with aEx 5:22; Dt 1:12
[12] IOr foster-father a2K 10:1, 5; Is 49:23 bGn 24:7; Ex 13:5, 11; 33:1
[13] aNu 11:21, 22; Jn 6:5-9
[14] ILit heavy aEx 18:18; Dt 1:12
[15] aEx 32:32

Seventy Elders to Assist

16 ¶ The LORD therefore said to Moses, “Gather for Me aseventy men from the elders of Israel, bwhom 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 aThen I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of bthe 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, ‘aConsecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept bin 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 Ibut a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because ayou 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 athe LORDS Ipower limited? Now you shall see whether bMy word will IIcome true for you or not.”

[16] aEx 24:1, 9 bEx 18:25
[17] aNu 11:25 b1S 10:6; Jol 2:28
[18] aEx 19:10, 22 bNu 11:1
[20] ILit until aJsh 24:27; 1S 10:19
[23] ILit hand short IILit befall you aIs 50:2; 59:1 bEzk 12:25; 24:14

24 ¶ So Moses went out and atold 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 aThen 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.

[24] aNu 11:16
[25] aNu 11:17; 12:5

26 ¶ But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the Iother Medad. And athe 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 aJoshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, “bMoses, my lord, restrain them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? aWould that all the LORDS people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” 30 Then Moses Ireturned to the camp, [both] he and the elders of Israel.

[26] ILit second aNu 24:2; 1S 10:6; 2Ch 15:1; Ne 9:30
[28] aEx 33:11; Jsh 1:1 bMk 9:38-40
[29] a1Co 14:5
[30] ILit removed himself

The Quail and the Plague

31aNow 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 Iabout two IIcubits [deep] on the surface of the ground. 32 The people Ispent all day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten IIahomers) and they spread [them] out for themselves all around the camp. 33 aWhile 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 IaKibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah athe people set out for Hazeroth, and they Iremained at Hazeroth.

[31] IOr from about two cubits above III.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. aEx 16:13; Ps 78:26-28; 105:40
[32] ILit rose III.e. One homer equals approx 11 bu aEzk 45:11
[33] aPs 78:29-31; 106:15
[34] II.e. the graves of greediness aDt 9:22
[35] ILit were aNu 33:17


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The burning at Taberah quenched by Moses' prayer.

1 ¶ And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard [it]; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed [them that were] in the uttermost parts of the camp. 2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. 3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

[1] Gn 38:10; Ex 15:23; 16:2, 7, 9; 17:2; Lv 10:2; Nu 10:33; 16:35; 20:2; 21:5; Dt 9:22; 25:18; 32:22; 2S 11:27; 2K 1:12; Jb 1:16; Ps 78:21; 106:18; Is 30:33; 33:14; Lm 3:39; Na 1:5; Mk 9:43; 1Co 10:10; He 12:29; Jm 5:4; Jde 1:16.
[2] Gn 18:23; Ex 32:10, 31; 34:9; Nu 14:13; 16:45; 21:7; Dt 9:19; Ps 78:34; 106:23; Is 37:4; Jr 15:1; 37:3; 42:2; Am 7:2; Ac 8:24; He 7:26; Jm 5:16; 1Jn 2:1; 5:16.
[3] Dt 9:22.

The people lust for flesh, and loathe manna.

4 ¶ And the mixt multitude that [was] among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: 6 But now our soul [is] dried away: [there is] nothing at all, beside this manna, [before] our eyes. 7 And the manna [was] as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. 8 [And] the people went about, and gathered [it], and ground [it] in mills, or beat [it] in a mortar, and baked [it] in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. 9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

[4] Ex 12:38; Lv 24:10; Ne 13:3; Ps 78:18; 106:14; Ro 13:14; 1Co 10:6; 15:33.
[5] Ex 16:3; Ps 17:14; Php 3:19.
[6] Nu 21:5; 2S 13:4.
[7] Gn 2:12; Ex 16:14, 31; 1Co 1:23; Rv 2:17.
[8] Ex 16:16, 23, 31; Jn 6:27, 33.
[9] Ex 16:13; Dt 32:2; Ps 78:23; 105:40.

Moses complaineth of his charge.

10 ¶ Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased. 11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? 12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? 13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. 14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because [it is] too heavy for me. 15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

[10] Nu 11:1; 12:3; 14:1; 16:27; 20:10; 21:5; Dt 32:22; Ps 78:21, 59; 106:25, 32; 139:21; Is 5:25; Jr 17:4; Mk 3:5; 10:14.
[11] Ex 17:4; Nu 11:15; Dt 1:12; Jb 10:2; Ps 130:3; 143:2; Jr 15:10, 18; 20:7, 14; Lm 3:22, 39; Mal 3:14; 2Co 11:28.
[12] Gn 13:15; 22:16; 26:3; 50:24; Ex 13:5; Is 40:11; 49:15, 23; Ezk 34:23; Jn 10:11; Ga 4:19; 1Th 2:7.
[13] Mt 15:33; Mk 8:4; 9:23.
[14] Ex 18:18; Dt 1:9; Ps 89:19; Is 9:6; Zc 6:13; 2Co 2:16.
[15] 1K 19:4; Jb 3:20; 6:8; 7:15; Jr 15:18; 20:18; Jna 4:3, 8; Zp 3:15; Php 1:20; Jm 1:4.

God divideth his burden into seventy elders.

16 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. 17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which [is] upon thee, and will put [it] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear [it] not thyself alone. 18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for [it was] well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. 19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; 20 [But] even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which [is] among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt? 21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I [am], [are] six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. 22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? 23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

[16] Gn 46:27; Ex 4:29; 24:1, 9; Dt 1:15; 16:18; 31:28; Ezk 8:11; Lk 10:1, 17.
[17] Gn 11:5; 17:3, 22; 18:20, 21, 33; Ex 18:22; 19:11, 20; 34:5; Nu 11:25; 12:5, 8; 27:18; 1S 10:6; 2K 2:9, 15; Ne 9:20; Is 44:3; 59:20; Jol 2:28; Jn 3:13; 7:39; Ac 6:3; Ro 8:9; 1Co 2:12; 12:4; 1Th 4:8; 1P 1:22; Jde 1:19.
[18] Gn 35:2; Ex 16:3; 19:10, 15; Nu 11:1, 4; 14:2; Jsh 7:13; Jg 21:2; Ac 7:39.
[19] Ex 16:13.
[20] Ex 16:8, 13; Nu 21:5; 1S 2:30; 2S 12:10; Ps 78:27; 106:15; Pv 27:7; Mal 1:6; Ac 13:41; 1Th 4:8.
[21] Gn 12:2; Ex 12:37; 38:26; Nu 1:46; 2:32.
[22] 2K 7:2; Mt 15:33; Mk 6:37; 8:4; Lk 1:18, 34; Jn 6:6, 9.
[23] Gn 18:14; Nu 23:19; 2K 7:2, 17; Ps 78:41; Is 50:2; 59:1; Jr 44:28; Ezk 12:25; 24:14; Mi 2:7; Mt 19:26; 24:35; Lk 1:37.

24 ¶ And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. 25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that [was] upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. 26 But there remained two [of the] men in the camp, the name of the one [was] Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they [were] of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. 27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, [one] of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. 29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, [and] that the LORD would put his spirit upon them! 30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

[24] Nu 11:16, 26.
[25] Ex 34:5; 40:38; Nu 11:17; 12:5; 1S 10:5, 10; 19:20; 2K 2:15; Ps 99:7; Jr 36:5; Jol 2:28; Lk 9:34; Ac 2:17; 11:28; 21:9; 1Co 11:4; 14:1, 32; Jm 1:17; 2P 1:21.
[26] Ex 3:11; 4:13; 1S 10:22; 20:26; Jr 1:6; 36:5.
[28] Ex 17:9; Mk 9:38; Lk 9:49; Jn 3:26.
[29] Mt 9:37; Lk 10:2; Ac 26:29; 1Co 3:3, 21; 13:4; 14:5; Php 1:15; 2:3; Jm 3:14; 4:5; 5:9; 1P 2:1.

Quails are given in wrath at Kibroth-hattaavah.

31 ¶ And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let [them] fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits [high] upon the face of the earth. 32 And the people stood up all that day, and all [that] night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread [them] all abroad for themselves round about the camp. 33 And while the flesh [was] yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. 34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted. 35 [And] the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.

[31] Ex 10:13, 19; 15:10; 16:13; Ps 78:26; 105:40; 135:7.
[32] Ex 16:36; Ezk 45:11.
[33] Nu 16:49; 25:9; Dt 28:27; Ps 78:30; 106:14.
[34] Nu 33:16; Dt 9:22; 1Co 10:6.
[35] Nu 12:16; 33:17; Dt 1:1.


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