1The people were as murmurers, speaking evil in the ears of
Yahweh: and when Yahweh heard it, his anger was kindled; and the fire of
Yahweh burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp.
2The people cried to Moses; and Moses prayed to Yahweh, and the fire
3The name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of
Yahweh burnt among them.
4The 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?
5We remember the fish, which we ate in Egypt for
nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and
6but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all save
this manna to look on.
7The manna was like coriander seed, and the
appearance of it as the appearance of bdellium.
8The 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
9When the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.
10Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at
the door of his tent: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled greatly; and Moses
11Moses said to Yahweh, Why have you dealt ill with your
servant? and why haven’t I found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden
of all this people on me?
12Have I conceived all this people? Have I
brought them forth, that you should tell me, Carry them in your bosom, as a
nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which you swore to
13Where should I get meat to give to all this people?
for they weep to me, saying, Give us meat, that we may eat.
14I am not
able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
you deal thus with me, please kill me out of hand, if I have found favor in
your sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
16Yahweh said to Moses,
Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the
elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them to the tent of
meeting, that they may stand there with you.
17I will come down and talk
with you there: and I will take of the Spirit which is on you, and will put
it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you
not bear it yourself alone.
18Say you to the people, Sanctify yourselves
against tomorrow, and you shall eat flesh; for you have wept in the
ears of Yahweh, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with
us in Egypt: therefore Yahweh will give you flesh, and you shall eat.
19You shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither
ten days, nor twenty days,
20but a whole month, until it come out at your
nostrils, and it be loathsome to you; because that you have rejected
Yahweh who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth
out of Egypt?
21Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred
thousand footmen; and you have said, I will give them flesh, that they may
eat a whole month.
22Shall flocks and herds be slain for them, to suffice
them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to
23Yahweh said to Moses, Has Yahweh’s hand grown short? now
shall you see whether my word shall happen to you or not.
out, and told the people the words of Yahweh: and he gathered seventy men of
the elders of the people, and set them round about the Tent.
came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was on
him, and put it on the seventy elders: and it happened that when the Spirit
rested on them, they prophesied, but they did so no more.
remained two men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of
the other Medad: and the Spirit rested on them; and they were of those who
were written, but had not gone out to the Tent; and they prophesied in the
27There ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad
do prophesy in the camp.
28Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses,
one of his chosen men, answered, My lord Moses, forbid them.
to him, Are you jealous for my sake? would that all Yahweh’s people were
prophets, that Yahweh would put his Spirit on them!
30Moses got him into
the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
31There went forth a wind from
Yahweh, 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 surface of the earth.
32The people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next
day, and gathered the quails: he who gathered least gathered ten homers: and
they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
the flesh was yet between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of
Yahweh was kindled against the people, and Yahweh struck the people with a
very great plague.
34The name of that place was called Kibrothhattaavah,
because there they buried the people who lusted.
the people traveled to Hazeroth; and they abode at Hazeroth.