Exodus 16:5

5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days."[a]

Exodus 16:5 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 16:5

And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day
Of the week, and from the raining of the bread, which was on the first day of the week:

they shall prepare that which they bring in;
the Targum of Jonathan adds, to eat on the sabbath day; what they did not consume on the sixth day was to be prepared and reserved for the seventh day; that is, it was to be baked or boiled as they thought fit to have it, or eat it as it was, which they pleased, see ( Exodus 16:23 ) only one part of it was to be kept till the next day:

and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily:
on that day should be rained double what fell on other days, and so twice as much should be gathered up; the reason for which is not here mentioned, but afterwards given; though Moses no doubt was now made acquainted with it, or otherwise he could not have informed the princes and people of it, as he afterwards did, ( Exodus 16:23 Exodus 16:25 Exodus 16:26 Exodus 16:29 ) .

Exodus 16:5 In-Context

3 The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by pots of meat and ate all the bread we wanted. Instead, you brought us into this wilderness to make this whole assembly die of hunger!"
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, "I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.
5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days."
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites: "This evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
7 in the morning you will see the Lord's glory because He has heard your complaints about Him. For who are we that you complain about us?"

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit as gathering day to day