THE FOURTH BOOK OF
N U M B E R S
Numbers 11 ©
The murmuring of the people, with the punishment, issue and consequence thereof, v. 1, etc. Another murmuring yet, proceeding from a lusting after flesh and other meat, loathing the manna, 4. Which is described here, 7. Moses’ complaint hereupon, wishing he might be released of his charge, 10. God commands him to gather seventy of the elders of Israel before the tabernacle to help him bear the burden, 16. He promises to give the people flesh to eat, 18. Rebukes Moses for holding it an impossible thing, 21. The seventy men are called and honored with the necessary gifts, 24. God gives quails to the Israelites, which they eat, 31. But receives a grievous plague about it, 33. And journeyed on, 35.
ANDa1when the people complained, 2it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; andb3the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.
And he called the name of the place 4Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.
¶Andc5the mixt multitude that was among them 6fell a lusting: 7and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Whod shall give us flesh to eat?
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:
But now our 8soul is 9dried away: there is nothing at all, 10beside this manna, before our eyes.
And thee manna was as corianderf seed, and the 11colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.
And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in 12pans, and made 13cakes of it: and the 14taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.
And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.
¶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 15was displeased.
And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found 16favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?
Have I conceived all this people? have I 17begotten 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?
Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
I am not able to bear 18all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
And if thou deal thus with me, 19kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my 20wretchedness.
¶And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of 21the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest 22to be the elders of the people, and 23officers over them; and 24bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.
And I will 25come down and talk with thee there: and I will take 26of 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.
And say thou unto the people, 27Sanctify 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 28well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
But even a 29whole 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, 30Whyg came we forth out of Egypt?
And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are 31six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat 32a whole month.
Shallh the flocks and the herds be slain for them, 33to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
And the LORD said unto Moses, Isi the LORD’S 34hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
¶And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and 35gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the 36tabernacle.
And the LORD came down 37in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the 38spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, 39they prophesied, and 40did not cease.
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 41written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one 42of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
And Moses said unto him, 43Enviest thou for my sake? 44would God that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
¶And there wentj 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.
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 45homers: and they 46spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
And whilek the flesh was yet between their teeth, 47ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
And he called the name of that place 48Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.
And the people journeyed from Kibroth-hattaavah unto 49Hazeroth; and 50abode at Hazeroth.