1 Now the people murmured, and it was evil in the ears of Jehovah; for Jehovah heard it,
and His anger burned. And the fire of Jehovah burned among them, and consumed those
in the outskirts of the camp.
2 And the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses made intercession unto Jehovah,
the fire was quenched.
3 And he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of Jehovah had burned
4 And the mixed multitude who were among them lusted after their lusts; and the
children of Israel turned back and wept, saying: Who will give us flesh to eat?
5 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the
leeks, the onions, and the garlic;
6 but now our soul is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!
7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like the appearance of
8 The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar,
cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of juicy oil.
9 And when the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna fell on it.
10 And Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door
of his tent; and the anger of Jehovah burned greatly; and it was evil in the eyes of Moses.
11 And Moses said to Jehovah, Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I
not found favor in Your eyes, to lay the burden of all these people on me?
12 Have I conceived all these people? Have I begotten them, that You say to me, Carry
them in your bosom, as a supporting father carries a nursing child, to the land which You
have sworn to their fathers?
13 Where would I get flesh to set before all these people? For they weep upon me, saying,
Give us flesh, that we may eat.
14 I am not able to bear all these people alone, because they are too heavy for me.
15 If You are dealing with me like this, please kill and destroy me, if I have found favor in
Your eyes; and do not let me see my distress!
16 And Jehovah said to Moses: Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel,
whom you know to be elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent
of meeting, and they shall stand there with you.
17 And I will come down and speak with you there. And I will take of the Spirit that is
upon you and will lay upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you,
that you not bear it yourself alone.
18 And you shall say to the people, Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat
flesh; for you have wept in the ears of Jehovah, saying, Who will give us flesh to eat? For
it was well with us in Egypt. Therefore Jehovah will give you flesh, and you shall eat.
19 You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days,
20 but to a month of days, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to
you, because you have despised Jehovah who is among you, and have wept before Him,
saying, Why have we come up out of Egypt?
21 And Moses said, The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand footmen; yet
You have said, I will give them flesh, and they shall eat for a month of days.
22 Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall
all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide for them?
23 And Jehovah said to Moses, Is the hand of Jehovah shortened? Now you shall see
whether My word shall come to pass unto you or not.
24 And Moses went out and spoke unto the people the words of Jehovah, and he
gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and had them stand around the tent.
25 And Jehovah came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that
was upon him, and laid upon the seventy men of the elders; and it happened, when the
Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they did not do so again.
26 But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of
the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those enrolled,
but had not gone out to the tent; and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad are prophesying in
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, minister to Moses, a youth, answered and said, Moses my
lord, stop them!
29 And Moses said to him, Are you jealous for my sake? Oh, that all the people of
Jehovah were prophets and that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!
30 And Moses withdrew into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
31 And a wind went forth from Jehovah, and it brought quail from the sea and left them
near the camp, about a day's journey here and about a day's journey there, all around the
camp, about two cubits above the surface of the ground.
32 And the people arose all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail
(he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all
around the camp.
33 And while the flesh was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of
Jehovah burned against the people, and Jehovah struck the people with a very great plague.
34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the
people who lusted.
35 From Kibroth Hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and camped at Hazeroth.