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.
 aNu 14:2; 16:11; 17:5 bNu 11:18; 14:28
 ILit sank down aNu 12:11, 13; 21:7
 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°.”
 ILit desired a desire IILit flesh, and so throughout the ch aEx 12:38; 1Co 10:6 bPs 78:20
 aEx 16:3
 ILit soul is dried up IILit for our eyes aNu 21:5
7 ¶ aNow 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.
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°.”
 ILit it was evil in Moses’ sight
 ILit dealt ill with aEx 5:22; Dt 1:12
 IOr foster-father a2K 10:1, 5; Is 49:23 bGn 24:7; Ex 13:5, 11; 33:1
 aNu 11:21, 22; Jn 6:5-9
 ILit heavy aEx 18:18; Dt 1:12
 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 LORD’S° Ipower° limited°? Now° you shall see° whether bMy word° will IIcome° true° for you or° not.”
 aEx 24:1, 9 bEx 18:25
 aNu 11:25 b1S 10:6; Jol 2:28
 aEx 19:10, 22 bNu 11:1
 ILit until aJsh 24:27; 1S 10:19
 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°.
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 LORD’S° 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°.
 ILit second aNu 24:2; 1S 10:6; 2Ch 15:1; Ne 9:30
 aEx 33:11; Jsh 1:1 bMk 9:38-40
 a1Co 14:5
 ILit removed himself
The Quail and the Plague
31 ¶ aNow 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°.
 IOr from about two cubits above III.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. aEx 16:13; Ps 78:26-28; 105:40
 ILit rose III.e. One homer equals approx 11 bu aEzk 45:11
 aPs 78:29-31; 106:15
 II.e. the graves of greediness aDt 9:22
 ILit were aNu 33:17
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The burning at Taberah quenched by Moses' prayer.
1 ¶ And [when] the peopleº complained,ºª it displeasedºº the LORD:º and the LORDº heardºª [it]; and his angerº was kindled;ºª and the fireº of the LORDº burntºª among them, and consumedºª [them that were] in the uttermost partsº of the camp.º 2 And the peopleº criedºª unto² Moses;º and when Mosesº prayedºª unto² the LORD,º the fireº was quenched.ºª 3 And he calledºª the nameº of the¹ placeº Taberah:º because² the fireº of the LORDº burntºª among them.
 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.
 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.
 Dt 9:22.
The people lust for flesh, and loathe manna.
4 ¶ And the mixt multitudeº that² [was] amongº them fell a lusting:ººª and the childrenº of Israelº also² weptºª again,ºª and said,ºª Who² shall give us fleshº to eat?ºª 5 We rememberºª² the fish,º which² we did eatºª in Egyptº freely;º² the cucumbers,º and the melons,º and the leeks,º and the onions,º and the garlick:º 6 But now² our soulº [is] dried away:º [there is] nothing² at all,² besideº² this manna,º [before] our eyes.º 7 And the mannaº [was] as corianderº seed,º and the colourº thereof as the colourº of bdellium.º 8 [And] the peopleº went about,ºª and gatheredºª [it], and groundºª [it] in mills,º or² beatºª [it] in a mortar,º and bakedºª [it] in pans,º and madeºª cakesº of it: and the tasteº of it was² as the tasteº of freshº oil.º 9 And when the dewº fellºª upon² the campº in the night,º the mannaº fellºª upon² it.
 Ex 12:38; Lv 24:10; Ne 13:3; Ps 78:18; 106:14; Ro 13:14; 1Co 10:6; 15:33.
 Ex 16:3; Ps 17:14; Php 3:19.
 Nu 21:5; 2S 13:4.
 Gn 2:12; Ex 16:14, 31; 1Co 1:23; Rv 2:17.
 Ex 16:16, 23, 31; Jn 6:27, 33.
 Ex 16:13; Dt 32:2; Ps 78:23; 105:40.
Moses complaineth of his charge.
10 ¶ Then Mosesº heardºª² the peopleº weepºª throughout their families,º every manº in the doorº of his tent:º and the angerº of the LORDº was kindledºª greatly;º Mosesº also was displeased.º¹ª² 11 And Mosesº saidºª unto² the LORD,º Wherefore² hast thou afflictedºª thy servant?º and wherefore² have I not² foundºª favourº in thy sight,º that thou layestºª² the burdenº of all² this² peopleº upon² me? 12 Have I² conceived¹ª²² all² this² people?º have I² begottenºª them, that² thou shouldest sayºª unto² me, Carryºª them in thy bosom,º as² a nursing fatherºª bearethºª² the sucking child,ºª unto² the landº which² thou swarestºª unto their fathers?º 13 Whenceº² should I have fleshº to giveºª unto all² this² people?º for² they weepºª unto² me, saying,ºª Giveºª us flesh,º that we may eat.ºª 14 I² am not ableºª² to bearºª² all² this² peopleº alone,º because² [it is] too heavyº for² me. 15 And if² thou² dealºª thus² with me, killºª me, I pray thee,² out of hand,ºª if² I have foundºª favourº in thy sight;º and let me not² seeºª my wretchedness.º
 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.
 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.
 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.
 Mt 15:33; Mk 8:4; 9:23.
 Ex 18:18; Dt 1:9; Ps 89:19; Is 9:6; Zc 6:13; 2Co 2:16.
 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 LORDº saidºª unto² Moses,º Gatherºª unto me seventyº menº of the eldersº² of Israel,º whom² thou knowestºª to be the eldersº of the people,º and officersºª over them; and bringºª them unto² the tabernacleº of the congregation,º that they may standºª there² with² thee. 17 And I will come downºª and talkºª with² thee there:² and I will takeºª of² the spiritº which² [is] upon² thee, and will putºª [it] upon² them; and they shall bearºª the burdenº of the peopleº with² thee, that thou² bearºª [it] not² thyself alone.² 18 And sayºª thou unto² the people,º Sanctify¹ª yourselves² against to morrow,º and ye shall eatºª flesh:º for² ye have weptºª in the earsº of the LORD,º saying,ºª Who² shall give us fleshº to eat?ºª for² [it was] wellºª with us in Egypt:º therefore the LORDº will giveºª you flesh,º and ye shall eat.ºª 19 Ye shall not² eatºª oneº day,º nor² two days,º nor² fiveº days,º neither² tenº days,º nor² twentyº days;º 20 [But] even² a whole² month,º¹ until²² it come outºª at your nostrils,º² and it be² loathsomeº unto you: becauseº that² ye have despisedºª² the LORDº which² [is] amongº you, and have weptºª beforeº him, saying,ºª Why²² came we forthºª out of Egypt?º² 21 And Mosesº said,ºª The people,º amongº whom² I² [am], [are] sixº hundredº thousandº footmen;º and thou² hast said,ºª I will giveºª them flesh,º that they may eatºª a wholeº month.º 22 Shall the flocksº and the herdsº be slainºª for them, to sufficeºª them? or²² shall all² the fishº of the seaº be gathered togetherºª for them, to sufficeºª them? 23 And the LORDº saidºª unto² Moses,º Is the LORD'Sº handº waxed short?ºª thou shalt seeºª now² whether my wordº shall come to passºª unto thee or² not.²
 Gn 46:27; Ex 4:29; 24:1, 9; Dt 1:15; 16:18; 31:28; Ezk 8:11; Lk 10:1, 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.
 Gn 35:2; Ex 16:3; 19:10, 15; Nu 11:1, 4; 14:2; Jsh 7:13; Jg 21:2; Ac 7:39.
 Ex 16:13.
 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.
 Gn 12:2; Ex 12:37; 38:26; Nu 1:46; 2:32.
 2K 7:2; Mt 15:33; Mk 6:37; 8:4; Lk 1:18, 34; Jn 6:6, 9.
 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 Mosesº went out,ºª and toldºª² the peopleº² the wordsº of the LORD,º and gatheredºª the seventyº menº of the eldersº² of the people,º and setºª them round aboutº the tabernacle.º 25 And the LORDº came downºª in a cloud,º and spakeºª unto² him, and tookºª of² the spiritº that² [was] upon² him, and gaveºª [it] unto² the seventyº elders:ºº and it came to pass,² [that], when the spiritº restedºª upon² them, they prophesied,ºª and did not² cease.ºª 26 But there remainedºª twoº [of the] men¹² in the camp,º the nameº of the oneº [was] Eldad,º and the nameº of the otherº Medad:º and the spiritº restedºª upon² them; and they² [were] of them that were written,ºª but went not outºª² unto the tabernacle:º and they prophesiedºª in the camp.º 27 And there ranºª a young man,º and toldºª Moses,º and said,ºª Eldadº and Medadº do prophesyºª in the camp.º 28 And Joshuaº the sonº of Nun,º the servantºª of Moses,º [one] of his young men,º² answeredºª and said,ºª My lordº Moses,º forbidºª them. 29 And Mosesº saidºª unto him, Enviestºª thou² for my sake? would God²² that all² the¹ª LORD'Sº peopleº were prophets,º [and] that² the LORDº would putºª² his spiritº upon² them! 30 And Mosesº gatºª him into² the camp,º he² and the eldersº of Israel.º
 Nu 11:16, 26.
 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.
 Ex 3:11; 4:13; 1S 10:22; 20:26; Jr 1:6; 36:5.
 Ex 17:9; Mk 9:38; Lk 9:49; Jn 3:26.
 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 forthºª a windº from²² the LORD,º and broughtºª quailsº from² the sea,º and let [them] fallºª by² the camp,º as it were a day'sº journeyº on this side,º and as it were a day'sº journeyº on the other side,º round aboutº the camp,º and as it were two cubitsº [high] upon² the faceº of the earth.º 32 And the peopleº stood upºª all² that² day,º and all² [that] night,º and all² the nextº day,º and they gatheredºª² the quails:º he that gathered leastºª gatheredºª tenº homers:º and they spread¹ª [them] all abroadºª for themselves round aboutº the camp.º 33 And while the fleshº [was] yet¹² between² their teeth,º ere² it was chewed,ºª the wrathº of the LORDº was kindledºª against the people,º and the LORDº smoteºª the peopleº with a veryº greatº plague.º 34 And he calledºª² the nameº of that² placeº Kibrothhattaavah:º because² there² they buriedºª² the peopleº that lusted.ºª 35 [And] the peopleº journeyedºª from Kibrothhattaavahº² unto Hazeroth;º and abode² at Hazeroth.º
 Ex 10:13, 19; 15:10; 16:13; Ps 78:26; 105:40; 135:7.
 Ex 16:36; Ezk 45:11.
 Nu 16:49; 25:9; Dt 28:27; Ps 78:30; 106:14.
 Nu 33:16; Dt 9:22; 1Co 10:6.
 Nu 12:16; 33:17; Dt 1:1.
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