Manna and Quail
16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all
the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the
wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the
fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out
of the land of Egypt.
16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to
God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of
Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat
bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this
wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain
bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and
gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them,
whether they will walk in my law, or no.
16:5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they
shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be
twice as much as they gather daily.
16:6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of
Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath
brought you out from the land of Egypt:
16:7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the
LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD:
and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
16:8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall
give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning
bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings
which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your
murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
16:9 And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the
congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the
LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.
16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole
congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked
toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD
appeared in the cloud.
16:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of
Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh,
and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye
shall know that I am the LORD your God.
16:13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up,
and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round
about the host.
16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon
the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as
small as the hoar frost on the ground.
16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one
to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And
Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath
given you to eat.
16:16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded,
Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for
every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye
every man for them which are in his tents.
16:17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some
more, some less.
16:18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that
gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little
had no lack; they gathered every man according to his
16:19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the
16:20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but
some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred
worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
16:21 And they gathered it every morning, every man
according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it
16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they
gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all
the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD
hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto
the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe
that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up
for you to be kept until the morning.
16:24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade:
and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
16:25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a
sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the
16:26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day,
which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the
people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found
16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to
keep my commandments and my laws?
16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath,
therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two
days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of
his place on the seventh day.
16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof
Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste
of it was like wafers made with honey.
16:32 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD
commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your
generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have
fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the
land of Egypt.
16:33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an
omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD,
to be kept for your generations.
16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up
before the Testimony, to be kept.
16:35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years,
until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna,
until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
16:36 Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.