2 The wholeI congregationII of the IsraelitesIII
complainedIV against MosesV and AaronVI in the wilderness.VII
3 The Israelites said to them, “If onlyVIII we had diedIX by the handX of the LordXI
in the landXII of Egypt,XIII when we satXIV by the pots of meatXV
and ateXVI our fillXVII of bread,XVIII
for you have brought us outXIX into this wilderness to killXX this whole assemblyXXI with hunger.”XXII
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “XXIIII am going to rain bread from heavenXXIV for you, and each day the peopleXXV
shall go outXXVI and gatherXXVII enoughXXVIII for that day.XXIX
In that way I will testXXX them, whether they will followXXXI my instructionXXXII or not.
5 XXXIIIOn the sixthXXXIV day, when they prepareXXXV what they bring in,XXXVI it will beXXXVII twiceXXXVIII as much as they gather on other days.”
6 So Moses and Aaron said to allXXXIX the Israelites, “In the eveningXL you shall knowXLI that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morningXLII you shall seeXLIII
the gloryXLIV of the Lord, because he has heardXLV your complainingXLVI against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?”
8 And Moses said, “When the Lord givesXLVII you meat to eat in the evening and your fillXLVIII of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utterXLIX against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites: ‘Draw nearL toLI the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’”
10 AndLII as Aaron spokeLIII to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they lookedLIV toward the wilderness, andLV the glory of the Lord appearedLVI in the cloud.LVII
11 The Lord spoke to Moses, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; sayLVIII to them, ‘AtLIX twilightLX you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”LXI
13 LXIIIn the evening quailsLXIII came upLXIV
and coveredLXV the camp,LXVI and in the morning there was a layerLXVII of dewLXVIII aroundLXIX the camp.
14 When the layer of dew lifted,LXX thereLXXI on the surfaceLXXII of the wilderness was a fineLXXIII flaky substance,LXXIV as fine as frostLXXV on the ground.LXXVI
15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another,LXXVII “What is it?”LXXVIII For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.LXXIX
Image credit: “Shores of the Unknown 5” by Diwan Manna, 2006.