11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling(A) of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”(B)

13 That evening quail(C) came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew(D) around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost(E) on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know(F) what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread(G) the Lord has given you to eat.

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Quail From the Lord

The rabble with them began to crave other food,(A) and again the Israelites started wailing(B) 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.(C) But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!(D)

The manna was like coriander seed(E) and looked like resin.(F) The people went around gathering it,(G) and then ground it in a hand mill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into loaves. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. When the dew(H) settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.

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