11 Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.2 The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire [a]died out.3 So the name of that place was called [b]Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them.
4 The rabble who were among them [c]had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us [d]meat to eat?5 We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,6 but now our [e]appetite is gone. There is nothing at all [f]to look at except this manna.”
7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.8 The people would go about and gather it and grind it[g]between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of [h]cakes baked with oil.9 When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall [i]with it.
The Complaint of Moses
10 Now Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, each man at the doorway of his tent; and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly, and [j]Moses was displeased.11 So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You [k]been so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me?12 Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom as a [l]nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers’?13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’14 I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too [m]burdensome for me.15 So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness.”
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