The manna was like coriander seed1 and looked like resin.28
The people went around gathering it,3 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 dew4 settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.
Moses heard the people of every family wailing,5 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 trouble6 on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?712
Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant,8 to the land you promised on oath9 to their forefathers?1013
Where can I get meat for all these people?11 They keep wailing to me, 'Give us meat to eat!'
I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.1215
If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death13 right now14--if I have found favor in your eyes--and do not let me face my own ruin."
The LORD said to Moses: "Bring me seventy of Israel's elders15 who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people.16 Have them come to the Tent of Meeting,17 that they may stand there with you.
I will come down and speak with you18 there, and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them.19 They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone.20