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Numbers 11:1–15

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Fire From the Lord

11 Now the people complainedu about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord,v and when he heard them his anger was aroused.w Then fire from the Lord burned among themx and consumedy some of the outskirts of the camp. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayedz to the Lorda and the fire died down. So that place was called Taberah,a b because fire from the Lord had burned among them.c

Quail From the Lord

The rabble with them began to crave other food,d and again the Israelites started wailinge and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.f But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!g

The manna was like coriander seedh and looked like resin.i The people went around gathering it,j and then ground it in a hand mill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into loaves. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. When the dewk settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.

10 Moses heard the people of every family wailingl at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this troublem on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?n 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant,o to the land you promised on oathp to their ancestors?q 13 Where can I get meat for all these people?r They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.s 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill met—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”

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