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18 They (A)tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
19 They spoke against God, saying,
(B)“Can God (C)spread a table in the wilderness?
20 (D)He struck the rock so that water gushed out
and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
or provide meat for his people?”
21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath;
(E)a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel,
22 because they (F)did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.
23 Yet he commanded the skies above
and (G)opened the doors of heaven,
24 and he (H)rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them (I)the grain of heaven.
25 Man ate of the bread of (J)the angels;
he sent them food (K)in abundance.
26 He (L)caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
27 he rained meat on them like (M)dust,
winged birds like (N)the sand of the seas;
28 he (O)let them fall in the midst of their camp,
all around their dwellings.
29 And they (P)ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they (Q)craved.
30 But before they had satisfied their craving,
(R)while the food was still in their mouths,
31 the anger of God rose against them,
and he killed (S)the strongest of them
and laid low (T)the young men of Israel.
32 In spite of all this, they (U)still sinned;
(V)despite his wonders, they did not believe.
33 So he made (W)their days (X)vanish like[a] a breath,[b]
and their years in terror.
34 When he killed them, they (Y)sought him;
they repented and sought God earnestly.
35 They remembered that God was their (Z)rock,
the Most High God their (AA)redeemer.
36 But they (AB)flattered him with their mouths;
they (AC)lied to him with their tongues.
37 Their (AD)heart was not (AE)steadfast toward him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he, being (AF)compassionate,
(AG)atoned for their iniquity
and did not destroy them;
he restrained his anger often
and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 He (AH)remembered that they were but (AI)flesh,
(AJ)a wind that passes and comes not again.
40 How often they (AK)rebelled against him in the wilderness
and (AL)grieved him in (AM)the desert!
41 They (AN)tested God again and again
and provoked (AO)the Holy One of Israel.