The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 11:4–9

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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?

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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;

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.