And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses, and
They being the instruments of bringing them out of Egypt, and conducting them hither:
and the whole congregation said unto them;
some of them, the rest assenting to it by their cries and tears and gestures;
would God we had died in the land of Egypt;
and then what they left behind they thought might have come into the hands of their children or relations; but now they concluded it would become a prey to the Canaanites:
or would God we had died in this wilderness;
the wilderness of Paran, at Taberah, where many of them had been destroyed by fire, ( Numbers 11:1-3 ) , and now they wish they had perished with them.