Exodus 16

Thomson(i) 1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel removed from Aileim and came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Aileim and Sina. 2 And on the fifteenth day of the second month after their coming out of Egypt all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites indeed said to them, Oh that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of flesh meat and ate bread in plenty! For you have brought us to this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 4 Whereupon the Lord said to Moses, Behold I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go and gather it day by day, that I may try them whether they will walk in my law or not. 5 But on the sixth day they must be provident in respect to what they bring in. It shall be twice as much as they gather daily. 6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the congregation of the Israelites, In the evening you shall know that the Lord hath brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, by his hearkening to your murmurings against God. As for us, what are we that you should murmur against us? 8 [Now Moses had dictated, by the Lord's giving you in the evening flesh to eat and in the morning bread in plenty, because the Lord hath heard your murmurings which you utter against us. But as for us what are we? your murmuring is not against us but against God.] 9 Then Moses said to Aaron, Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, Attend in the presence of God, for he hath heard your murmuring. 10 And when Aaron had spoken to all the congregation of the Israelites and they had turned about towards the wilderness, the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud, 11 and the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 12 I have heard the murmuring of the Israelites. Speak to them and say, Towards evening you shall eat flesh and in the morning you shall be plentifully supplied with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord, your God. 13 Accordingly there came up in the evening a flock of quails, which covered the camp, and in the morning while the dew lay around the camp, 14 behold on the face of the wilderness something small like coriander, white like hoar frost, on the ground! 15 And when the Israelites saw this they said one to another, What is this? for they did not know what it was. Upon which Moses said to them. This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it, every one for his family a gomer a head according to the number of souls, you must every one gather for those in the tent with you. 17 And the children of Israel did so and gathered some more and some less, 18 and when they measured it by the gomer, he who had gathered much had nothing over, and he who had gathered little did not fall short. Every one had gathered sufficient for the family with him. 19 Then Moses said to them, Let none leave any of it till the morning. 20 Notwithstanding this they hearkened not to Moses, but some left of it till the morning. And it bred worms and gave an offensive smell. On which Moses was angry with them. 21 So they gathered it every morning, every one a sufficiency for his family. And when the sun grew warm, it melted away. 22 Now on the sixth day when they were gathering a double quantity, two gomers for every one, all the heads of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 whereupon he said to them, Is not this what the Lord spoke, Sabbaths are a rest holy to the Lord? As for to-morrow, bake what you chuse to bake and boil what you chuse to boil and what is left lay up for to-morrow. 24 So they left some of it till the morning as Moses commanded them and it did not become putrid, nor was there a Worm in it. 25 Then Moses said to them, Eat it to-day, for to 26 day is the Sabbath to the Lord. It will not be found in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather but because the Sabbaths are on the seventh day, therefore in it there will be none. 27 And it came to pass that on the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but found none. 28 Whereupon the Lord said to Moses, How long will you refuse to hearken to my commandments and my law? 29 You see that because the Lord gave you this day for sabbaths, therefore on the sixth day he gave you the bread of two days. Abide ye every one at home. Let none go out from his place on the seventh day. 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. 31 Now the Israelites called its name Manna. It was like coriander seed. It was white; and its taste was like a cake made with honey. 32 And Moses said, This is what the Lord hath commanded, Fill the gomer with Manna to be laid up for your posterity, that they may see the bread which you ate in the wilderness, when the Lord brought you out of the land of Egypt. 33 Then Moses said to Aaron, Take a golden urn and put therein the full of a gomer of Manna; and thou shalt lay it up before God to be kept for your posterity. 34 As the Lord commanded Moses so Aaron laid it up before the testimony that it might be kept. 35 And the children of Israel ate this Manna forty years till they came to the inhabited land. They ate it till they came to the border of Phoenicia. Now the gomer is the tenth of the trimeter.