Add parallel Print Page Options

The People Complain

11 Now the people became like those who complain and whine about their hardships, and the Lord heard it; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and devoured those in the outlying parts of the camp. So the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire died out. He named that place Taberah (the place of burning), because the fire of the Lord burned among them.

The [a]rabble among them [who followed Israel from Egypt] had greedy desires [for familiar and delicious food], and the Israelites wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish we ate freely and without cost in Egypt, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. But now our [b]appetite is gone; there is nothing at all [in the way of food] [c]to be seen but this manna.”

The manna was like coriander seed, and it looked like [d]bdellium. The people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes with it; and it tasted like cakes baked with fresh [olive] oil. When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna fell with it.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Numbers 11:4 A unique word found only here in the OT. It refers to the mixed multitude of non-Israelites who joined the exodus.
  2. Numbers 11:6 Lit our throat is dry.
  3. Numbers 11:6 Lit for our eyes.
  4. Numbers 11:7 A gum resin obtained from various trees of the genus Commiphora. This resin was used as an ingredient to make incense or perfume, and was also used as a topical ointment.

Bible Gateway Recommends

Amplified Thinline Holy Bible--bonded leather, black (indexed)
Amplified Thinline Holy Bible--bonded leather, black (indexed)
Retail: $59.99
Our Price: $35.99
Save: $24.00 (40%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Amplified Study Bible, Hardcover
Amplified Study Bible, Hardcover
Retail: $44.99
Our Price: $26.99
Save: $18.00 (40%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Amplified Holy Bible, softcover
Amplified Holy Bible, softcover
Retail: $19.99
Our Price: $11.99
Save: $8.00 (40%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Amplified Large-Print Bible--bonded leather, burgundy
Amplified Large-Print Bible--bonded leather, burgundy
Retail: $69.99
Our Price: $41.99
Save: $28.00 (40%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Amplified Compact Holy Bible--soft leather-look, camel/burgundy
Amplified Compact Holy Bible--soft leather-look, camel/burgundy
Retail: $39.99
Our Price: $20.99
Save: $19.00 (48%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Amplified Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy (indexed)
Amplified Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy (indexed)
Retail: $59.99
Our Price: $35.99
Save: $24.00 (40%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars