Numbers 11:1-30 - The Israelites Complain
1 And it came to pass that when the people were giving themselves up to murmuring, it was grievous in the ears of Yahweh, - so Yahweh hearkened, and kindled was his anger, and the fire of Yahweh burned among them, and consumed the uttermost part of the camp. 2 Then did the people make outcry unto Moses, - and Moses prayed unto Yahweh, and the fire sank down. 3 So he called the name of that place, Taberah because there burned among them the fire of Yahweh.
4 Moreover the mixed multitude that was in their midst concealed not their lusting, - and so even the sons of Israel, fell away and wept, and said: Who will grant us to eat flesh? 5 We remember the fish that we did eat in Egypt, without money, - the cucumbers, and the water-melons, and the leeks and the onions, and the garlick. 6 But, now, our soul is dried up, there is nothing at all, - unless, unto the manna, we turn our eyes.
7 Now, the manna, was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof like the appearance of bdellium, 8 The people used to go about and pick it up, and grind it with a pair of mill-stones, or pound it in a mortar, and boil it in a pot, and make it into round cakes, - then was the taste thereof like the taste of a sweet cake made with oil. 9 When the dew came down upon the camp by night, the manna came down thereupon.
10 So then Moses heard the people weeping by their families, every one at the entrance of his tent, - then kindled the anger of Yahweh fiercely, and in the eyes of Moses, it was grievous. 11 And Moses said unto Yahweh - Wherefore hast thou let thy servant come to grief, and wherefore have I not found favour in thine eyes, - that thou shouldest lay the burden of all this people upon me. 12 Did, I, conceive all this people, or, I, beget them, - that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father carrieth a suckling, unto the soil which thou didst swear unto their fathers? 13 Whence should, I, have flesh to give to all this people, - for they keep weeping by me saying, Oh give us flesh that we may eat! 14 Unable, am, I, by myself, to carry all this people, - for they are too heavy for me. 15 But if, in this way, thou art going to deal with me, slay me, I beseech thee, slay, if I have found favour in thine eyes, - and let me not see my grief,
16 Then said Yahweh unto Moses - Gather thou unto me seventy men, from among the elders of Israel, of whom thou knowest that they are elders of the people and their overseers, - then shalt thou take them unto the tent of meeting, and they shall station themselves there with thee. 17 Then will I come down, and speak with thee there, and will take of the spirit that is upon thee and put upon them, - and they shall carry, with thee, the burden of the people, and, thou, shalt not carry it by thyself.
18 And, unto the people, shalt thou say: Hallow yourselves by to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh, for ye have wept in the ears of Yahweh saying - Who will grant us to eat flesh? for it was well with us in Egypt, - so then Yahweh will give you flesh and ye shall eat. 19 Not one day, shall ye eat nor two days, - nor five days nor ten days, nor twenty days: 20 for a month of days until it cometh forth out of your nostrils, so shall it become to you a loathsome thing, - because ye have refused Yahweh who is in your midst, and have wept before him, saying, Wherefore now came we forth out of Egypt?
21 And Moses said, Six hundred thousand footmen, are the people in whose midst am, I, yet thou hast said - Flesh, will I give unto them, a and they shall eat for a month of days. 22 Shall the flocks and herds, be slaughtered for them, that it may suffice for them? Shall all the fishes of the sea, be gathered together unto them that it may suffice for them?
23 Then said Yahweh unto Moses, Shall the hand of Yahweh, fail? Now, shalt thou see whether my word come to pass unto thee or not.
24 And Moses went forth and spake unto the people the words of Yahweh, - and gathered together seventy men from among the elders of the people, and caused them to stand round about the tent. 25 Then Yahweh came down, in the cloud, and spake unto him, and took e of the spirit that was upon him, and gave unto the seventy men - the elders. And it came to pass that when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and then did so no more. 26 Now there were two men left behind in the camp - the name of the one, was Eldad and the name of the other, Medad, so then the spirit, rested on them - they, being among them who were written, though they hint not gone forth unto the tent, - but they prophesied in the camp. 27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses and said, - Eldad and Medad, are prophesying in the camp!
28 Then responded Joshua son of Nun the attendant of Moses from his youth, and said, - My lord Moses forbid them!
29 But Moses said unto him, Art, thou, jealous for, me? Oh would that, all the people of Yahweh, were prophets! Yea let Yahweh put his spirit upon them! 30 Then was Moses received back into the camp, - he and the elders of Israel.