Exodus 16

Posted on June 4, 2020No Comment
The whole Israelite community
set out from Elim and came to
the Desert of Sin, which is
between Elim and Sinai, on
the fifteenth day of the
second month after they had
come out of Egypt. In the
desert the whole community
grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
The Israelites said to them,
“If only we had died by
the Lord ’s hand in Egypt!
There we sat around pots of
meat and ate all the food we
wanted, but you have brought
us out into this desert to
starve this entire assembly to death.”

Then the Lord said to Moses,
“I will rain down bread from
heaven for you. The people are
to go out each day and gather
enough for that day. In this
way I will test them and see
whether they will follow
my instructions. On the
sixth day they are to
prepare what they bring in,
and that is to be twice as
much as they gather on the other days.”

So Moses and Aaron said
to all the Israelites,
“In the evening you will
know that it was the Lord
who brought you out of Egypt,
and in the morning you
will see the glory of the Lord,
because he has heard your
grumbling against him.
Who are we, that you should
grumble against us?” Moses
also said, “You will know
that it was the Lord when
he gives you meat to eat
in the evening and all the
bread you want in the morning,
because he has heard your
grumbling against him.
Who are we? You are not
grumbling against us,
but against the Lord .”

Then Moses told Aaron,
“Say to the entire Israelite
community, ‘Come before the Lord,
for he has heard your grumbling.’

While Aaron was speaking
to the whole Israelite community,
they looked toward the desert,
and there was the glory
of the Lord appearing in the cloud.

The Lord said to Moses,
“I have heard the grumbling
of the Israelites. Tell them,
‘At twilight you will eat meat,
and in the morning you
will be filled with bread.
Then you will know that
I am the Lord your God.’ ”

That evening quail came
and covered the camp, and
in the morning there was
a layer of dew around the camp.
When the dew was gone,
thin flakes like frost on
the ground appeared on
the desert floor. When the
Israelites saw it, they
said to each other, “What is it?”
For they did not know
what it was. Moses said to them,
“It is the bread the Lord
has given you to eat. This is
what the Lord has commanded:
‘Everyone is to gather as
much as they need. Take an
omer for each person you
have in your tent.’ ”

The Israelites did as
they were told; some gathered
much, some little. And when
they measured it by the omer,
the one who gathered much did
not have too much, and the
one who gathered little did
not have too little. Everyone
had gathered just as much as they needed.

Then Moses said to them,
“No one is to keep any
of it until morning.”

However, some of them
paid no attention to Moses;
they kept part of it until
morning, but it was full of
maggots and began to smell.
So Moses was angry with them.

Each morning everyone
gathered as much as they needed,
and when the sun grew hot,
it melted away. On the sixth day,
they gathered twice as much
—two omers for each person—
and the leaders of the
community came and reported
this to Moses. He said to them,
“This is what the Lord commanded:
‘Tomorrow is to be a
day of sabbath rest, a
holy sabbath to the Lord .
So bake what you want to bake
and boil what you want to boil.
Save whatever is left and
keep it until morning.’ ”

So they saved it until morning,
as Moses commanded, and
it did not stink or get
maggots in it. “Eat it today,”
Moses said, “because today is
a sabbath to the Lord . You
will not find any of it on
the ground today. Six days
you are to gather it, but
on the seventh day, the Sabbath,
there will not be any.”

Nevertheless, some of the
people went out on the 
eventh day to gather it,
but they found none. Then
the Lord said to Moses, “How
long will you refuse to keep
my commands and my instructions?
Bear in mind that the Lord
has given you the Sabbath;
that is why on the sixth
day he gives you bread for
two days. Everyone is to
stay where they are on the
seventh day; no one is to
go out.” So the people
rested on the seventh day.

The people of Israel called
the bread manna. It was
white like coriander seed
and tasted like wafers
made with honey. Moses said,
“This is what the Lord has commanded:
‘Take an omer of manna
and keep it for the generations
to come, so they can see
the bread I gave you to eat
in the wilderness when I
brought you out of Egypt.’”

So Moses said to Aaron,
“Take a jar and put an
omer of manna in it. Then
place it before the Lord
to be kept for the
generations to come.”

As the Lord commanded Moses,
Aaron put the manna with
the tablets of the covenant law,
so that it might be preserved.
The Israelites ate manna
forty years, until they
came to a land that was settled;
they ate manna until they
reached the border of Canaan.

(An omer is one-tenth of an ephah.)

Exodus 16:1‭-‬36 NIV

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