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14 He guided them during the day
    with a cloud,
    and each night he led them
    with a flaming fire.
15 God made water flow
from rocks
he split open
    in the desert,
    and his people drank freely,
    as though from a lake.
16 He made streams gush out
    like rivers from rocks.

17 But in the desert,
the people of God Most High
    kept sinning and rebelling.
18 They stubbornly tested God
    and demanded from him
    what they wanted to eat.
19 They challenged God by saying,
    “Can God provide food
    out here in the desert?
20 It’s true God struck the rock
and water gushed out
    like a river,
    but can he give his people
    bread and meat?”

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23 But God gave a command
    to the clouds,
    and he opened the doors
    in the skies.
24 From heaven he sent grain
    that they called manna.[a]
25 He gave them more than enough,
    and each one of them ate
    this special food.

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Footnotes

  1. 78.24 manna: When the people of Israel were wandering through the desert, the Lord gave them a special kind of food to eat. It tasted like a wafer and was called “manna,” which in Hebrew means, “What is this?”