Psalms 78:28

28 God brought the birds down in the center of their camp, all around their dwellings.

Psalms 78:28 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:28

And he let it fall in the midst of their camp
Or, "his camps" F12; the four camps of Israel; for so many there were, ( Numbers 2:1 ) or the camp of God, where he dwelt, and before which he went as the General, Leader, and Commander of them; in the midst of this, or by it, by the side of it, ( Numbers 11:31 ) , the flesh or feathered fowl fell, so that they had no trouble to fetch it in; and here it fell by the order and direction of the Lord himself; he caused it to fall, without whose knowledge and will a sparrow does not fall to the ground, ( Matthew 10:29 ) . These creatures fell either, as some think, being wearied with their flight over the Red sea; or through their wings being broken by the vehemency of the wind that brought them, as others; or by the moistness of the south wind, which wetted their wings, and made them flag and fall; but, by whatever means this was done, it was so ordered by the Lord that they should fall, and fall just in the place where they did:

round about their habitations;
for the space of a day's journey on every side, where they lay in heaps, here and there, two cubits high, ( Numbers 11:31 ) , so that they could gather them with great ease, and had no need of arrows to shoot at them, nor nets to spread for them; they were ready at hand, and in great plenty.


F12 (whnxm) "castrorum ejus", Pagninus, Vatablus, Gejerus.

Psalms 78:28 In-Context

26 God set the east wind moving across the skies and drove the south wind by his strength.
27 He rained meat on them as if it were dust in the air; he rained as many birds as the sand on the seashore!
28 God brought the birds down in the center of their camp, all around their dwellings.
29 So they ate and were completely satisfied; God gave them exactly what they had craved.
30 But they didn't stop craving— even with the food still in their mouths!