Now the people complained1 about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD,2 and when he heard them his anger was aroused.3 Then fire from the LORD burned among them4 and consumed5 some of the outskirts of the camp.
When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed6 to the LORD 7 and the fire died down.
So that place was called Taberah,a8 because fire from the LORD had burned among them.9
The rabble with them began to crave other food,10 and again the Israelites started wailing11 and said, "If only we had meat to eat!
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.126
But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!13"
The manna was like coriander seed14 and looked like resin.158
The people went around gathering it,16 and then ground it in a handmill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil.
When the dew17 settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.
Moses heard the people of every family wailing,18 each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.
He asked the LORD, "Why have you brought this trouble19 on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?20