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Exodus 16:22

Overview - Exodus 16
The Israelites come to Sin, and murmur for want of bread.
God promises them bread and flesh from heaven, and they are rebuked.
13 Quails and manna are sent.
16 The ordering of manna.
25 It was not to be found on the sabbath.
32 An omer of it is preserved.
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Exodus 16:22  (King James Version)
And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
 


What the substance called manna was, is utterly unknown, but, from the circumstances in the text, it is evident that it was not a natural production, but was miraculously sent by Jehovah. These the learned Abarbinel, a most judicious Jewish interpreter, has thus enumerated: The natural manna was never found in the desert where this fell;--where the common manna does fall, it is only in the spring time, in March and April, whereas this fell throughout all the months in the year; the ordinary manna does not melt in the sun, as this did (ver. 21);--it does not stink and breed worms, as this did, when kept till the morning (ver. 20);--it cannot be ground or beaten in a mortar, so as to make cakes, as this was;--the common manna is medicinal and purgative, and cannot be used for food and nutriment, as this was;--this fell in a double proportion on the sixth day, and not on the sabbath, as it certainly would have done had it fallen naturally;--it followed them in all their journeys, where ever they pitched their tents;--and it ceased at the very time of the year when the other falls, namely, in March, when the Israelites were come to Gilgal. Whatever this substance was, it does not appear to have been common to the wilderness. From Deuteronomy 8:3 , 16, ; it is evident that the Israelites never saw it before;
and from a pot of it being preserved, it is certain that nothing of the kind ever appeared again. Exodus 16:5 Exodus 16:16 ; Leviticus 25:12 Leviticus 25:22
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