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The People Complain

1The people were complaining in the ears of Yahweh. When Yahweh heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of Yahweh burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
  2Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to Yahweh, and the fire died down.
  3So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of Yahweh burned among them.

4The mixed multitude that was among them had a lust, yes, a lust for food, and the children of Israel also wept again and said, “Who will give us flesh to eat?
  5We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers and the melons, and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,
  6but now we have lost our appetite. There is nothing at all except this manna to look at.”

7The manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of bdellium.
  8The people went around, gathered it and ground it in mills or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. Its taste was like the taste of fresh oil.
  9When the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.

10And Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the entrance of his tent; and the anger of Yahweh was kindled greatly, and Moses was displeased.
  11So Moses said to Yahweh, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why haven’t I found favor in your eyes, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?
  12Have I conceived all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should tell me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land that you swore to their fathers’?
  13Where could I get meat to give to all this people? For they weep to me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’
  14I am not able to carry all this people alone because it is too heavy for me.
  15If you treat me this way, please kill me right now, if I have found favor in your eyes, and do not let me see my wretchedness.”

Seventy Elders Appointed to Aid Moses

16Yahweh said to Moses, “Gather to me 70 men of the elders of Israel whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the Tent of Meeting that they may stand there with you.
  17I will come down and talk with you there. I will take some of the spirit that is on you and will put it on them, and they will carry the burden of the people with you so that you do not carry it yourself alone.

18“Say to the people: Make yourselves holy for tomorrow, and you will eat flesh; for you have wept in the ears of Yahweh, saying, ‘Who will give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.’ Therefore Yahweh will give you flesh and you will eat.
  19You will not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days nor 20 days,
  20but a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils and it is loathsome to you; because that you have rejected Yahweh who is among you and have wept before him, saying, ‘Why did we come out of Egypt?’”

21Moses said, “The people, among whom I am, are 600,000 men on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them flesh that they may eat a whole month.’
  22Will flocks and herds be slaughtered for them to be sufficient for them? Will all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?”

23Yahweh said to Moses, “Has Yahweh’s hand grown short? Now you will see whether my word will happen to you or not.”

24Moses went out and told the people the words of Yahweh, and he gathered 70 men of the elders of the people and set them around the Tent.
  25Yahweh came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the 70 elders. And it came to pass that when the spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did so no more.
  26But two men remained in the camp. The name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad, and the spirit rested on them. And they were of those who had been registered, but they had not gone out to the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp.
  27A young man ran and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”

28Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered, “My lord Moses, forbid them!”

29Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all Yahweh’s people were prophets, that Yahweh would put his spirit on them!”
  30Moses went into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

Yahweh Provides Quail

31A wind from Yahweh went out and brought quails from the sea and let them fall by the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the earth.
  32The people rose up all that day and all the night and all the next day, and gathered the quails. He who gathered least gathered ten homers; and they spread them all abroad for themselves around the camp.

33While the flesh was yet between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of Yahweh was kindled against the people, and Yahweh struck the people with a very great plague.
  34The name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who lusted.

35From Kibroth-hattaavah the people traveled to Hazeroth; and they stayed at Hazeroth.

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