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1THE people began complaining loudly to the LORD about their hardships, and when he heard he became angry. Fire from the LORD broke out among them, and raged on the outskirts of the camp.

2Moses, when appealed to by the people, interceded with the LORD, and the fire died down.

3They named that place Taberah, because fire from the LORD had burned among them.

4A mixed company of strangers had joined the Israelites, and these people began to be greedy for better things. Even the Israelites themselves with renewed weeping cried out, “If only we had meat!

5Remember how in Egypt we had fish for the asking, cucumbers and water-melons, leeks and onions and garlic.

6Now our appetite is gone; wherever we look there is nothing except this manna.”

7(The manna looked like coriander seed, the colour of bdellium.

8The people went about collecting it to grind in handmills or pound in mortars; they cooked it in a pot and made it into cakes, which tasted like butter-cakes.

9When dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it.)

10Moses heard all the people lamenting in their families at the opening of their tents. The LORD became very angry, and Moses was troubled,

11and said to the LORD, “Why have you brought trouble on your servant? How have I displeased the LORD that I am burdened with all this people?

12Am I their mother? Have I brought them into the world, and am I called on to carry them in my arms, like a nurse with a baby, to the land promised by you on oath to their fathers?

13Where am I to find meat to give them all? They pester me with their wailing and their ‘Give us meat to eat.’

14This whole people is a burden too heavy for me; I cannot carry it alone.

15If that is your purpose for me, then kill me outright: if I have found favour with you, spare me this trouble afflicting me.”

16The LORD answered Moses, “Assemble for me seventy of Israel's elders, men known to you as elders and officers in the community; bring them to the Tent of Meeting, and there let them take their place with you.

17I shall come down and speak with you there. I shall withdraw part of the spirit which is conferred on you and bestow it on them, and they will share with you the burden of the people; then you will not have to bear it alone.

18And say to the people: Sanctify yourselves in readiness for tomorrow; you will have meat to eat. You wailed in the LORD's hearing; you said, ‘If only we had meat! In Egypt we lived well.’ The LORD will give you meat and you will eat it.

19Not for one day only, nor for two days, nor five, nor ten, nor twenty,

20but for a whole month you will eat it until it comes out at your nostrils and makes you sick; because you have rejected the LORD who is in your midst, wailing in his presence and saying, ‘Why did we ever come out of Egypt?’”

21Moses said, “Here am I with six hundred thousand men on the march around me, and you promise them meat to eat for a whole month!

22How can the sheep and oxen be slaughtered that would be enough for them? If all the fish in the sea could be caught, would they be enough?”

23The LORD replied, “Is there a limit to the power of the LORD? You will now see whether or not my words come true.”

24Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He assembled seventy men from the elders of the people and stationed them round the Tent.

25Then the LORD descended in the cloud and spoke to him. He withdrew part of the spirit which had been conferred on Moses and bestowed it on the seventy elders; as the spirit alighted on them, they were seized by a prophetic ecstasy, for the first and only time.

26Two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, who had been enrolled with the seventy, were left behind in the camp. Though they had not gone out to the Tent, the spirit alighted on them none the less, and they were seized by prophetic ecstasy there in the camp.

27A young man ran and told Moses that Eldad and Medad were in an ecstasy in the camp,

28whereupon Joshua son of Nun, who had served since boyhood with Moses, broke in, “Moses my lord, stop them!”

29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous on my account? I wish that all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would bestow his spirit on them all!”

30Moses then rejoined the camp with the elders of Israel.

31There sprang up a wind from the LORD, which drove quails in from the west, and they were flying all round the camp for the distance of a day's journey, three feet above the ground.

32The people were busy gathering quails all that day and night, and all next day, and even those who got least gathered ten homers of them. They spread them out to dry all about the camp.

33But the meat was scarcely between their teeth, and they had not so much as bitten it, when the LORD's anger flared up against the people and he struck them with a severe plague.

34That place came to be called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy for meat.

35From Kibroth-hattaavah the Israelites went on to Hazeroth, and while they were there,

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