The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 11:1–35

M S Sam
G
V

And the people were as murmurers, speaking evil in the ears of YHWH; and when the YHWH heard it, His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp.

And the people murmured sinfully before the Lord; and the Lord heard them and was very angry; and fire was kindled among them from the Lord, and devoured a part of the camp.

Meanwhile, there arose a murmur among the people against the Lord, as if they were grief-stricken because of their labors. And when the Lord had heard it, he was angry. And when the fire of the Lord was enflamed against them, it devoured those who were at the extreme end of the camp.

M G S Sam
V

And the people cried unto Moses; and Moses prayed unto YHWH, and the fire abated.

And when the people had cried out to Moses, Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire was consumed.

M G Sam
V S

And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of YHWH burnt among them.

And he called the name of that place, ‘The Burning,’ because the fire of the Lord had burned against them.

M G S Sam
V

And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting; and the children of Israel also wept on their part, and said: 'Would that we were given flesh to eat!

So then, the mix of common people, who had ascended with them, were enflamed with desire, and sitting and weeping, with the sons of Israel joining them, they said, “Who will give us flesh to eat?

M G V S Sam

We remember the fish, which we were wont to eat in Egypt for nought; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic;

M G Sam
V
S

but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all; we have nought save this manna to look to.'--

Our life is dry; our eyes look out to see nothing but manna.”

But now our soul is dried up; there is nothing at all, besides this manna, before our eyes.

M V
G S Sam

Now the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium.

And the manna is as coriander seed, and the appearance of it the appearance of hoar-frost.

M Sam
G S
V

The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and seethed it in pots, and made cakes of it; and the taste of it was as the taste of a cake baked with oil.

And the people went through the field, and gathered, and ground it in the mill, or pounded it in a mortar, and baked it in a pan, and made cakes of it; and the sweetness of it was as the taste of wafer made with oil.

And the people wandered about, gathering it, and they crushed it with a millstone, or ground it with a mortar; then they boiled it in a pot, and made biscuits out of it, with a taste like bread made with oil.

M G S Sam
V

And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.--

And when the dew descended in the night over the camp, the manna descended together with it.

M G
V
S Sam

10  And Moses heard the people weeping, family by family, every man at the door of his tent; and the anger of YHWH was kindled greatly; and Moses was displeased.

10  And so, Moses heard the people weeping by their families, each one at the door of his tent. And the fury of the Lord was greatly enflamed. And to Moses also the matter seemed intolerable.

10  Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

M G S Sam
V

11  And Moses said unto YHWH: 'Wherefore hast Thou dealt ill with Thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in Thy sight, that Thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

11  And so he said to the Lord: “Why have you afflicted your servant? Why do I not find favor before you? And why have you imposed the weight of this entire people upon me?

12  Have I conceived all this people? have I brought them forth, that Thou shouldest say unto me: Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carrieth the sucking child, unto the land which Thou didst swear unto their fathers?

12  Could I have conceived this entire multitude, or have given birth to them, so that you might say to me: Carry them in your bosom, as a nursemaid usually carries a little infant, and bring them into the land, about which you have sworn to their fathers?

M Sam G V

13  Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they trouble me with their weeping, saying: Give us flesh, that we may eat.

M S Sam
G
V

14  I am not able to bear all this people myself alone, because it is too heavy for me.

14  I shall not be able to bear this people alone, for this thing is too heavy for me.

14  I alone am unable to sustain this entire people, because it is too heavy for me.

15  And if Thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray Thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in Thy sight; and let me not look upon my wretchedness.'

15  And if thou doest thus to me, slay me utterly, if I have found favour with thee, that I may not see my affliction.

15  But if it seems to you otherwise, I beg you to put me to death, and so may I find grace in your eyes, lest I be afflicted with such evils.”

M Sam
G V S

16  And YHWH said unto Moses: 'Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee.

16  And the Lord said to Moses, Gather me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom thou thyself knowest that they are the elders of the people, and their scribes; and thou shalt bring them to the tabernacle of witness, and they shall stand there with thee.

M G S Sam
V

17  And I will come down and speak with thee there; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

17  so that I may descend and speak to you. And I will take from your spirit, and I will deliver it to them, so that, with you, they may sustain the burden of the people, and so that you will not be weighed down alone.

M S Sam
G
V

18  And say thou unto the people: Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye have wept in the ears of YHWH, saying: Would that we were given flesh to eat! for it was well with us in Egypt; therefore the YHWH will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

18  And to the people thou shalt say, Purify yourselves for the morrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye wept before the Lord, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: and the Lord shall allow you to eat flesh, and ye shall eat flesh.

18  You shall also say to the people: Be sanctified. Tomorrow you will eat flesh. For I have heard you say: ‘Who will give us flesh to eat? It was well with us in Egypt.’ So then, may the Lord give you flesh. And you will eat,

M G S Sam
V

19  Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;

19  not for one day, nor for two, nor for five, nor for ten, nor even for twenty,

M Sam
G S
V

20  but a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you; because that ye have rejected YHWH who is among you, and have troubled Him with weeping, saying: Why, now, came we forth out of Egypt?'

20  ye shall eat for a full month, until the flesh come out at your nostrils; and it shall be nausea to you, because ye disobeyed the Lord, who is among you, and wept before him, saying, What had we to do to come out of Egypt?

20  but for up to a month of days, until it exits from your nostrils, and until it turns into nausea for you, because you have slipped away from the Lord, who is in your midst, and because you have wept before him, saying: ‘Why did we go forth out of Egypt?’ ”

M G Sam
V
S

21  And Moses said: 'The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand men on foot; and yet Thou hast said: I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month!

21  And Moses said: “There are six hundred thousand footmen of this people, and yet you say, ‘I will give them flesh to eat for a whole month.’

21  Then Moses said before the LORD, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen, and thou hast said, I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month.

22  If flocks and herds be slain for them, will they suffice them? or if all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, will they suffice them?'

22  Could a multitude of sheep and oxen be slain, so that there would be enough food? Or will the fishes of the sea be gathered together, in order to satisfy them?”

22  Shall the flocks and the herds be slaughtered for them, to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be caught for them, to suffice them?

M Sam
G S
V

23  And YHWH said unto Moses: 'Is the YHWH'S hand waxed short? now shalt thou see whether My word shall come to pass unto thee or not.'

23  And the Lord said to Moses, Shall not the hand of the Lord be fully sufficient? now shalt thou know whether my word shall come to pass to thee or not.

23  And the Lord answered him: “Can the hand of the Lord be ineffective? Soon now, you shall see whether my word will be fulfilled in this work.”

M G S Sam
V

24  And Moses went out, and told the people the words of YHWH; and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the Tent.

24  And so, Moses went and explained the words of the Lord to the people. Gathering together seventy men from the elders of Israel, he caused them to stand around the tabernacle.

M Sam
G V S

25  And YHWH came down in the cloud, and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders; and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but they did so no more.

25  And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy men that were elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied and ceased.

M S Sam
G
V

26  But there remained two men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad; and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were recorded, but had not gone out unto the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp.

26  And there were two men left in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Modad; and the spirit rested upon them, and these were of the number of them that were enrolled, but they did not come to the tabernacle; and they prophesied in the camp.

26  Now there had remained in the camp two of the men, of whom one was called Eldad, and the other Medad, upon whom the Spirit rested; for they also had been enrolled, but they did not go forth to the tabernacle.

27  And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said: 'Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.'

27  And a young man ran and told Moses, and spoke, saying, Eldad and Modad prophesy in the camp.

27  And when they were prophesying in the camp, a boy ran and reported to Moses, saying: “Eldad and Medad prophesy in the camp.”

M G S Sam
V

28  And Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses from his youth up, answered and said: 'My lord Moses, shut them in.'

28  Promptly, Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses and chosen from many, said: “My lord Moses, prohibit them.”

M Sam
G S
V

29  And Moses said unto him: 'Art thou jealous for my sake? would that all YHWH'S people were prophets, that the YHWH would put His spirit upon them!'

29  And Moses said to him, Art thou jealous on my account? and would that all the Lord’s people were prophets; whenever the Lord shall put his spirit upon them.

29  But he said, “Why are you jealous on my behalf? Who decides that any of the people may prophesy and that God may give to them his Spirit?”

M G S Sam
V

30  And Moses withdrew into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

30  And Moses returned, with those greater by birth of Israel, into the camp.

31  And there went forth a wind from YHWH, and brought across quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day's journey on this side, and a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and about two cubits above the face of the earth.

31  Then a wind, going out from the Lord and moving forcefully across the sea, brought quails and cast them into the camp, across a distance of one day’s journey, in every part of the camp all around, and they flew in the air two cubits high above the ground.

32  And the people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails; he that gathered least gathered ten heaps; and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

32  Therefore, the people, rising up, gathered quails all that day and night, and the next day; he who did least well gathered ten homers. And they dried them throughout the camp.

M Sam G
V

33  While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the anger of YHWH was kindled against the people, and the YHWH smote the people with a very great plague.

33  The flesh was still between their teeth, neither had this kind of food ceased, and behold, the fury of the Lord was provoked against the people, and he struck them with an exceedingly great scourge.

M G Sam
V
S

34  And the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted.

34  And that place was called, ‘The Graves of Lust.’ For there, they buried the people who had desired. Then, departing from the Graves of Lust, they arrived in Hazeroth, and they stayed there.

34  And he called the name of that place Kabrey di Rigta (the graves of craving); because it was there that they buried the people who craved meat.

M Sam
G
S

35  From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed unto Hazeroth; and they abode at Hazeroth.

35  The people departed from the Graves of Lust to Aseroth; and the people halted at Aseroth.

35  And the people journeyed from Kabrey di Rigta to Hazeroth, and abode at Hazeroth.