Moses heard the people weeping 2 throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and when the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly, Moses was also displeased. 3 11:11 And Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you afflicted 4 your servant? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that 5 you lay the burden of this entire people on me? 11:12 Did I conceive this entire people? 6 Did I give birth to 7 them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your arms, as a foster father 8 bears a nursing child,’ to the land which you swore to their fathers? 11:13 From where shall I get 9 meat to give to this entire people, for they cry to me, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat!’ 10 11:14 I am not able to bear this entire people alone, 11 because it 12 is too heavy for me! 11:15 But if you are going to deal 13 with me like this, then kill me immediately. 14 If I have found favor in your sight then do not let me see my trouble.” 15 16
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 17 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 18 all by yourself.