Fire From the LORD
Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD,
and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD
burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the LORD and fire died down.
So that place was called Taberah, because fire from the LORD had nurned
Quail From the LORD
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites
started wailing 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.
But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"
The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.
The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a handmill or
crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it a pot or made it into cakes.
And it tasted like something made with olive oil.
When the dew settled on the camp at that night, the manna also came down.
Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his
tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.
He asked the LORD, "Why have you brought this trouble on your servant?
What have I done ro displease you thet you put the burden of all these people
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,
to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers?
Where can I get meat for all these people?
They keep wailing to me, 'Give us meat to eat!'
I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.
If this is how you are going to trat me, put me to death right now -
if I have found favor in your eyes - and do not let me face my own ruin."
The LORD said to Moses:
"Bring me seventy of Israel's elders who are known to you as leaders and
officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting,
that they may stand there with you.
I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit
is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden
of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone.
"Tell the people:
'Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat.
The LORD heard you when you wailed, "If only we had meat to eat!
We were better off in Egypt!" Now the LORD will give you meat, and you
will eat it.
You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days.
but for a whole month - until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it -
because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you,
and have wailed before him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?" ' "
But Moses said, "Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot,
and you say. 'I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!'
Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them?
Would they have enough if all fish in the sea were caught for them?"
The LORD answered Moses, "Is the LORD's arm too short? You will see
whether or not what I say will come true for you.
So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said.
He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him,
and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders.
When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.
However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained
in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent.
Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp."
A young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying
in the camp."
Josha son of Nun, who had been Moses' aide since youth,
spoke up and said, "Moses, my lord, stop them!"
But Moses replied, "Are you jealous for my sake?
I wish all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put
his Spirit on them!"
Then Mses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
Now a wind went out from the LORD and drove quail in from the sea.
It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above
the ground, as far as a day's walk in any direction.
All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered
quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out
all around the camp.
But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be
consumed, the anger of the LORD burned against the people,
and he struck them with a severe plague.
Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,
because they buried the people who had craved other food.
From Kibroth Hattaavah the people traveled to Hazeroth and stayed there.