Numbers 11 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Israelites Complain

1 And it happened, the people were like those who {complain of hardship}a {in the hearing}b of Yahweh, and Yahweh {became angry},c and the fire of Yahweh burned among them, and it consumed the edge of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to Yahweh, and the fire died down. 3 And he called the name of that place Taberahd because the fire of Yahweh burned among them. 4 The riff-raff that [were] in their midst {had a strong desire};e and the {Israelites}f turned back and also wept, and they said, "Who will feed us meat? 5 We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt for nothing, the cucumber, melon, leek, the onions, and the garlic. 6 But now {our strength is dried up};g there is nothing whatsoever except {for the manna before us}."h 7 Now the manna [was] like coriander seed, and its outward appearance was like that of bdellium-gum. 8 The people went about and gathered [it], and they ground [it] with mills or crushed [it] with mortar. Then they boiled [it] in a pot and made it [into] bread-cakes; and it tasted like olive oil cakes. 9 When the dew came down on the camp [at] night, the manna came down [with] it. 10 Moses heard the people weeping according to theiri clans, each at the doorway of their tents. Then {Yahweh became very angry},j and in the eyes of Moses it was bad. 11 And Moses said to Yahweh, "Why have you brought trouble to your servant? Why have I not found favor in your eyes, that the burdens of all these people have been placed on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? If I have fathered them,k that you could say to me, 'Carry theml in your lap, just as a foster-father carries the suckling on the land that you swore an oath to their ancestors?'m 13 From where do I have meat to give all these people? They weep before me, saying, 'Give us meat and let us eat!' 14 I am not able to carry all these people along alone; they are too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you [are] going to treat me, please kill me immediately if I find favor in your eyes, and do not let me see my misery." 16 And Yahweh said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men from the elders of Israel whom you know [are] elders of the people and theirn officials; take them to the tent of assembly, and they will stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there; I will take away from the spirit that [is] on you, and I will place [it] on them; and they will bear the burdens of the people with you; you will not bear it alone. 18 And you will say to the people, 'Sanctify yourselves tomorrow, for you will eat meat because you have wept in the ears of Yahweh, saying, "Who will feed us good meat? [It was] good for us in Egypt." Yahweh will give to you meat, and you will eat. 19 You will eat, not one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20 {but for a whole month},o until it comes out from your nose and becomes as nausea to you; because you have rejected Yahweh, who [is] in your midst, and you wept before {his presence},p saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?" '" 21 But Moses said, "[There are] six hundred thousand on foot, among whom I [am] in the midst, and you yourself said, 'I will give meat to them, and they will eat for a whole month.' 22 Should flocks and cattle be slaughtered for them? Should all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be enough for them?" 23 And Yahweh said to Moses, "{Is Yahweh's power limited}?q Now you will see if my word will happen or not." 24 So Moses went out, and he spoke the words of Yahweh to the people, and he gathered [together] seventy men from the elders of the people, and he {made them stand}r all around the tent. 25 Then Yahweh went down in the cloud and spoke to him, and he took away the spirit that [was] on him, and he {put it}s on the seventy elders. And as soon as the spirit was resting on them they prophesied, but they did not do it again. 26 But two men were left in the camp; the name of one [was] Eldad, and the name of the second [was] Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those who were written [down], but they did not go out to the tent, so they prophesied in the camp. 27 So a boyt ran and told Moses and said, "Eldad and Medad [are] prophesying in the camp." 28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from time of his youth, answered, "Moses, my lord, stop them." 29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that heu give all Yahweh's people prophets, that Yahweh put his spirit on them!" 30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel were gathered to the camp.

The Quail

31 Then a wind set out from Yahweh, and it drove quails from the west, and he spread [them] out on the camp about a day's journey on one side and about a day's journey on the other, all around the camp, about two cubits on the surface of the land. 32 And so the people {worked}v all day and all night and all the next day, and they gathered the quail (the least of the ones collecting gathered ten homers).w 33 While the meat [was] still between their teeth, before it was consumed, Yahweh was angry with the people, and Yahweh struck a very great plague among the people. 34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavahx because they buried the people that {were greedy}.y 35 From Kibroth Hattaavahz the people set out [to] Hazeroth; and they stayedaa in Hazeroth.
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