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Exodus 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Manna and Quail

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:1 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:2 - In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:3 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:4 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:5 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:6 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:7 - 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?”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:8 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:9 - Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:10 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:11 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:12 - “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.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:13 - That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:14 - When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:16 - This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[fn] for each person you have in your tent.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:17 - The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:18 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:19 - Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:20 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:21 - Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:22 - On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers[fn] for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:23 - 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.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:24 - So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:25 - “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:26 - Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:27 - Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:28 - Then the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you[fn] refuse to keep my commands and my instructions?
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:29 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:30 - So the people rested on the seventh day.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:31 - The people of Israel called the bread manna.[fn] It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:32 - 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.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:33 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:34 - As the LORD commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:35 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 16:36 - (An omer is one-tenth of an ephah.)
NIV Footnotes
That is, possibly about 3 pounds or about 1.4 kilograms; also in verses 18, 32, 33 and 36
That is, possibly about 6 pounds or about 2.8 kilograms
The Hebrew is plural.
Manna sounds like the Hebrew for What is it? (see verse 15).

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