Bible: Numbers 10:11-11:35


The Journey From Sinai to Kadesh


On the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle of the testimony. 2  10:12 So the Israelites set out 3  on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud settled in the wilderness of Paran.

Judah Begins the Journey

10:13 This was the first time they set out on their journey according to the commandment 4  of the Lord, by the authority 5  of Moses.

10:14 The standard 6  of the camp of the Judahites set out first according to their companies, and over his company was Nahshon son of Amminadab.

10:15 Over the company of the tribe of Issacharites was Nathanel son of Zuar, 10:16 and over the company of the tribe of the Zebulunites was Elion son of Helon. 10:17 Then the tabernacle was dismantled, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set out, carrying the tabernacle.

Journey Arrangements for the Tribes

10:18 The standard of the camp of Reuben set out according to their companies; over his company was Elizur son of Shedeur. 10:19 Over the company of the tribe of the Simeonites was Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai, 10:20 and over the company of the tribe of the Gadites was Eliasaph son of Deuel. 10:21 And the Kohathites set out, carrying the articles for the sanctuary; 7  the tabernacle was to be set up 8  before they arrived. 9  10:22 And the standard of the camp of the Ephraimites set out according to their companies; over his company was Elishama son of Ammihud. 10:23 Over the company of the tribe of the Manassehites was Gamaliel son of Pedahzur, 10:24 and over the company of the tribe of Benjaminites was Abidan son of Gideoni.

10:25 The standard of the camp of the Danites set out, which was the rear guard 10  of all the camps by their companies; over his company was Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 10:26 Over the company of the tribe of the Asherites was Pagiel son of Ocran, 10:27 and over the company of the tribe of the Naphtalites was Ahira son of Enan. 10:28 These were the traveling arrangements 11  of the Israelites according to their companies when they traveled. 12 


The Appeal to Hobab


Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel, the Midianite, Mosesfather-in-law, 14 We are journeying to the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, 15  for the Lord has promised good things 16  for Israel.” 10:30 But Hobab 17  said to him, “I will not go, but I will go instead to my own land and to my kindred.” 10:31 Moses 18  said, “Do not leave us, 19  because you know places for us to camp in the wilderness, and you could be our guide. 20  10:32 And if you come with us, it is certain 21  that whatever good things the Lord will favor us with, we will share with you as well.”

10:33 So they traveled from the mountain of the Lord three daysjourney; 22  and the ark of the covenant of the Lord was traveling before them during the three daysjourney, to find a resting place for them. 10:34 23  And the cloud of the Lord was over them by day, when they traveled 24  from the camp. 10:35 And when the ark traveled, Moses would say, “Rise up, O Lord! May your enemies be scattered, and may those who hate you flee before you! 10:36 And when it came to rest he would say, “Return, O Lord, to the many thousands of Israel! 25 


The Israelites Complain


When the people complained, 27  it displeased 28  the Lord. When the Lord heard 29  it, his anger burned, 30  and so 31  the fire of the Lord 32  burned among them and consumed some of the outer parts of the camp. 11:2 When the people cried to Moses, he 33  prayed to the Lord, and the fire died out. 34  11:3 So he called the name of that place Taberah 35  because there the fire of the Lord burned among them.


Complaints about Food


Now the mixed multitude 37  who were among them craved more desirable foods, 38  and so the Israelites wept again 39  and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 40  11:5 We remember 41  the fish we used to eat 42  freely 43  in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. 11:6 But now we 44  are dried up, 45  and there is nothing at all before us 46  except this manna! 11:7 (Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium. 11:8 And the people went about and gathered it, and ground it with mills or pounded it in mortars; they baked it in pans and made cakes of it. It tasted like fresh olive oil. 47  11:9 And when the dew came down 48  on the camp in the night, the manna fell 49  with it.)


Moses’ Complaint to the Lord


Moses heard the people weeping 51  throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and when the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly, Moses was also displeased. 52  11:11 And Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you afflicted 53  your servant? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that 54  you lay the burden of this entire people on me? 11:12 Did I conceive this entire people? 55  Did I give birth to 56  them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your arms, as a foster father 57  bears a nursing child,’ to the land which you swore to their fathers? 11:13 From where shall I get 58  meat to give to this entire people, for they cry to me, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat!’ 59  11:14 I am not able to bear this entire people alone, 60  because it 61  is too heavy for me! 11:15 But if you are going to deal 62  with me like this, then kill me immediately. 63  If I have found favor in your sight then do not let me see my trouble.” 64 


The Response of God


The Lord said to Moses, “Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know are elders of the people and officials 66  over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting; let them take their position there with you. 11:17 Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take part of the spirit that is on you, and will put it on them, and they will bear some of the burden of the people with you, so that you do not bear it 67  all by yourself.

11:18And say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves 68  for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing 69  of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat, 70  for life 71  was good for us in Egypt?” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat. 11:19 You will eat, not just one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 11:20 but a whole month, 72  until it comes out your nostrils and makes you sick, 73  because you have despised 74  the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why 75  did we ever come out of Egypt?”’

11:21 Moses said, “The people around me 76  are 600,000 on foot; 77  but you say, ‘I will give them meat, 78  that they may eat 79  for a whole month.’ 11:22 Would they have enough if the flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? If all the fish of the sea were caught for them, would they have enough? 11:23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s hand shortened? 80  Now you will see whether my word to you will come true 81  or not!

11:24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. He then gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and had them stand around the tabernacle. 11:25 And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to them, and he took some of the Spirit that was on Moses 82  and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, 83  they prophesied, 84  but did not do so again. 85 

Eldad and Medad

11:26 But two men remained in the camp; one’s name was Eldad, and the other’s name was Medad. And the spirit rested on them. (Now they were among those in the registration, 86  but had not gone to the tabernacle.) So they prophesied in the camp. 11:27 And a 87  young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp! 11:28 Joshua son of Nun, the servant 88  of Moses, one of his choice young men, 89  said, 90 My lord Moses, stop them! 91  11:29 Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for me? 92  I wish that 93  all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them! 11:30 Then Moses returned to the camp along with the elders of Israel.

Provision of Quail

11:31 Now a wind 94  went out 95  from the Lord and brought quail 96  from the sea, and let them fall 97  near the camp, about a day’s journey on this side, and about a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about three feet 98  high on the surface of the ground. 11:32 And the people stayed up 99  all that day, all that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. The one who gathered the least gathered ten homers, 100  and they spread them out 101  for themselves all around the camp. 11:33 But while the meat was still between their teeth, before they chewed it, 102  the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague.

11:34 So the name of that place was called Kibroth Hattaavah, 103  because there they buried the people that craved different food. 104  11:35 The people traveled from Kibroth Hattaavah to Hazeroth, and they stayed at Hazeroth.

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