This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omera1 for each person you have in your tent.' "
The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little.
And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.2 Each one gathered as much as he needed.
Then Moses said to them, "No one is to keep any of it until morning."320
However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.4 So Moses was angry5 with them.
Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.
On the sixth day, they gathered twice6 as much--two omersb for each person--and the leaders of the community7 came and reported this to Moses.
He said to them, "This is what the LORD commanded: 'Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath8 to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.' "
So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it.
"Eat it today," Moses said, "because today is a Sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today.
Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath,9 there will not be any."
Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "How long will youc refuse to keep my commands10 and my instructions?
Bear in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go out."
So the people rested on the seventh day.
The people of Israel called the bread manna.d11 It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.
Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the desert when I brought you out of Egypt.' "
So Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar and put an omer of manna12 in it. Then place it before the LORD to be kept for the generations to come."
As the LORD commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna in front of the Testimony,13 that it might be kept.
The Israelites ate manna14 forty years,15 until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.1636
(An omer17 is one tenth of an ephah.)18