1 NowI when the peopleII complainedIII
in the hearingIV of the LordV about their misfortunes,VI
the Lord heardVII it, and his angerVIII was kindled.IX
Then the fireX of the Lord burnedXI against them and consumedXII some outlying partsXIII of the camp.XIV
2 But the people cried outXV to Moses,XVI and Moses prayedXVII to the Lord, and the fire abated.XVIII
3 So that placeXIX was calledXX Taberah,XXI because the fire of the Lord burned against them.
4 The camp followersXXII withXXIII them hadXXIV a strong craving,XXV
and the IsraelitesXXVI also weptXXVII againXXVIII and said, “If only we had meatXXIX to eat!XXX
5 We rememberXXXI the fishXXXII we used to eat in EgyptXXXIII for nothing,XXXIV
the cucumbers,XXXV the melons,XXXVI the leeks,XXXVII the onions,XXXVIII and the garlic,XXXIX
6 but now our strengthXL is dried up,XLI and there is nothingXLII at allXLIII butXLIV this mannaXLV to look at.”XLVI
7 Now the manna was like corianderXLVII seed,XLVIII and its colorXLIX was like the color of gum resin.L
8 The people went aroundLI and gatheredLII it, groundLIII it in millsLIV or beatLV it in mortars,LVI then boiledLVII it
in potsLVIII and madeLIX cakesLX of it, and the taste of it wasLXI like the tasteLXII of cakesLXIII baked with oil.LXIV
9 When the dewLXV fellLXVI on the camp in the night,LXVII the manna would fall with it.
10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families,LXVIII allLXIX at the entrancesLXX of their tents.LXXI
Then the LordLXXII became veryLXXIII angry,LXXIV and Moses was displeased.LXXV
11 So Moses said to the Lord,LXXVI “Why have you treated your servantLXXVII so badly?LXXVIII Why have I not foundLXXIX favorLXXX in your sight,LXXXI
that you layLXXXII the burdenLXXXIII of allLXXXIV this people on me? 12 Did I conceiveLXXXV all this people? Did I give birthLXXXVI to them,
that you should say to me, ‘CarryLXXXVII them in your bosomLXXXVIII as a wet nurseLXXXIX carries a nursing child,XC
to the landXCI that you promised on oathXCII to their ancestors’?XCIII 13 Where am I to get meat to giveXCIV to all this people? For they come weeping to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’
14 I am not ableXCV to carry all this people alone,XCVI for they are too heavyXCVII for me.
15 If this is the wayXCVIII you are going to treatXCIX me, put me to deathC at onceCI—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me seeCII my misery.”CIII
16 So the LordCIV said to Moses, “GatherCV for me seventyCVI of theCVII eldersCVIII of Israel,
whom you knowCIX to be the elders of the people and officersCX over them; bringCXI them to the tent of meetingCXII and have them take their placeCXIII there with you.
17 I will come downCXIV and speakCXV with you there, and I will takeCXVI some of the spiritCXVII that is on you and putCXVIII it on them, and they shall bearCXIX the burden of the people along with you so that you will not bear it all by yourself.
18 And say to the people, ‘ConsecrateCXX yourselves for tomorrow,CXXI and you shall eat meat, for you have wailedCXXII in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “If only we had meat to eat! Surely it was betterCXXIII for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat.
19 You shall eat not only oneCXXIV day,CXXV or two days, or fiveCXXVI days, or tenCXXVII days, or twentyCXXVIII days,
20 but for a wholeCXXIX month,CXXX until it comes outCXXXI of your nostrilsCXXXII and becomesCXXXIII loathsomeCXXXIV to you—
becauseCXXXV you have rejected the LordCXXXVI who is amongCXXXVII you and have wailed beforeCXXXVIII him, saying, “Why did we ever leaveCXXXIX Egypt?”’”
21 But Moses said, “The people I am withCXL number sixCXLI hundredCXLII thousandCXLIII on foot,CXLIV and you say, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month’!
22 Are there enough flocksCXLV and herdsCXLVI to slaughterCXLVII for them? AreCXLVIII there enoughCXLIX fishCL in the seaCLI to catchCLII for them?”
23 The LordCLIII said to Moses, “Is the Lord’sCLIV powerCLV limited?CLVI Now you shall see whether my wordCLVII will come trueCLVIII for you or not.”
24 So Moses went outCLIX and toldCLX the people the words of the Lord,CLXI and he gatheredCLXII seventy of theCLXIII elders of the people and placedCLXIV them all aroundCLXV the tent.
25 Then the LordCLXVI came down in the cloudCLXVII and spoke to him and tookCLXVIII some of the spirit that was on him and putCLXIX it on the seventyCLXX elders,
andCLXXI when the spirit restedCLXXII upon them, they prophesied.CLXXIII But they did not do so again.CLXXIV
26 TwoCLXXV menCLXXVI remainedCLXXVII in the camp,
one namedCLXXVIII EldadCLXXIX and the otherCLXXX named Medad,CLXXXI and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered,CLXXXII but they had not gone out to the tent, so they prophesied in the camp.
27 And a young manCLXXXIII ranCLXXXIV and toldCLXXXV Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28 And JoshuaCLXXXVI sonCLXXXVII of Nun,CLXXXVIII the assistantCLXXXIX of Moses,
one of his chosen men,CXC said,CXCI “My lordCXCII Moses, stopCXCIII them!”
29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealousCXCIV for my sake? Would thatCXCV allCXCVI the Lord’sCXCVII people
were prophetsCXCVIII and that the LordCXCIX would putCC his spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returnedCCI to the camp.
31 Then a windCCII went outCCIII from the Lord,CCIV and it broughtCCV quailsCCVI from the sea
and let them fallCCVII beside the camp, about a day’s journeyCCVIII on this sideCCIX
and a day’s journey on the other side,CCX all around the camp, about two cubitsCCXI deep on theCCXII ground.CCXIII
32 So the people workedCCXIV allCCXV that day and night and allCCXVI the nextCCXVII day gatheringCCXVIII the quails;
the leastCCXIX anyone gatheredCCXX was ten homers,CCXXI and they spread them outCCXXII for themselves all around the camp.
33 But while the meat was still betweenCCXXIII their teeth,CCXXIV beforeCCXXV it was consumed,CCXXVI the anger of the LordCCXXVII was kindled against the people,
and the LordCCXXVIII struckCCXXIX the people with a very greatCCXXX plague.CCXXXI
34 So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah,CCXXXII because there they buriedCCXXXIII the people who had the craving. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyedCCXXXIV to Hazeroth.CCXXXV, CCXXXVI
Image credit: “Miracle of Quail” – Miniature 39 103r, from between 1350 and 1375.