- And the people were as murmurers, [speaking] evil in the ears of Jehovah: and when Jehovah heard it, his anger was kindled;
and the fire of Jehovah burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp.
- And the people cried unto Moses;
and Moses prayed unto Jehovah, and the fire abated.
- And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of Jehovah burnt among them.
- And the mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
- We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt for nought;
the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
- but now our soul is dried away;
there is nothing at all save this manna to look upon.
- And the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium.
- The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it: and the taste 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.
- And Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent: and the anger of Jehovah was kindled greatly;
and Moses was displeased.
- And Moses said unto Jehovah, Wherefore hast thou dealt ill with thy servant?
and wherefore have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?
- Have I conceived all this people?
have I brought them forth, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carrieth 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 all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
- And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight;
and let me not see my wretchedness.
- And Jehovah 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 tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee.
- 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.
- And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh;
for ye have wept in the ears of Jehovah, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore Jehovah 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 a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you;
because that ye have rejected Jehovah who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
- 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.
- Shall flocks and herds be slain for them, to suffice them?
or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
- And Jehovah said unto Moses, Is Jehovah’s hand waxed short?
now shalt thou see whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
- And Moses went out, and told the people the words of Jehovah: and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the Tent.
- And Jehovah came down in the cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but they did so no more.
- But there remained two 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 had not gone out unto the Tent;
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 minister of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
- And Moses said unto him, Art thou jealous for my sake?
would that all Jehovah’s people were prophets, that Jehovah would put his Spirit upon them!
- And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
- And there went forth a wind from Jehovah, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day’s journey on this side, and a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and about two cubits above the face of the earth.
- And the people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
- While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the people, and Jehovah smote the people with a very great plague.
- And the name of that place was called Kibrothhattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted.
- From Kibrothhattaavah the people journeyed unto Hazeroth;
and they abode at Hazeroth.