Numbers Chapter 11 and Chapter 12

Chapter 11: The Israylites Complain and Fire Consumes Some of Them

1 Now when the people complained, it displeased Yah, for Yah heard it and His anger was aroused. So the fire of Yah burned among them and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moshe and when Moshe prayed to Yah, the fire was quenched. 3 So he called the name of the place Taberah (literally burning) because the fire of Yah had burned among them.

The Israylites Grumble about Not Having Meat to Eat

4 Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving. So the children of Ysrayl also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat”? 5 “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions and the garlic. 6 But now our whole being is dried up. There is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes”! 7 Now manna was like coriander seed and its color like the color of bdellium (like white rice grains). (compare to Exodus 16:31). 8 The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans and made cakes of it and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared in oil. 9 And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it. 10 Then Moshe heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent and the anger of Yah was greatly aroused. Moshe also was displeased. 11 So Moshe said to Yah, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, ‘carry them in your bosom as a guardian carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You swore to their fathers? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me saying, ‘give us meat, that we may eat’. 14 I am not able to bear all these people alone because the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If you treat me like this, please kill me here and now–if I have found favor in Your sight and do not let me see my wretchedness!”

The Seventy Elders and Yah Promises to Send Meat

16 So Yah said to Moshe: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Ysrayl whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them. Bring them to the tabernacle of meeting that they may stand there with you. 17 Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. 18 Then you shall say to the people, ‘consecrate yourselves for tomorrow and you shall eat meat’. For you have wept in the hearing of Yah saying, ‘who will give us meat to eat’? ‘For it was well with us in Egypt’. Therefore Yah will give you meat and you shall eat. 19 You shall eat, not one day nor two days nor five days nor ten days nor twenty days. 20 But for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised Yah who is among you and have wept before Him saying, ‘why did we ever come up out of Egypt’? 21 And Moshe said, ‘the people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot yet You have said, I will give them meat that they may eat for a whole month’. 22 Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them? 23 And Yah said to Moshe, ‘has Yah’s arm been shortened? (Is anything impossible for Yah?)  Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not’.” 24 So Moshe went out and told the people the words of Yah and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. 25 Then Yah came down in the cloud and spoke to him and took of the Spirit that was upon him and placed the same upon the seventy elders and it happened when the Spirit rested upon them that they prophesied, although they never did so again (or did not cease).

Yldad and Medad

26 But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Yldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed but who had not gone to the tabernacle. Yet they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moshe and said, ‘Yldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp’. 28 So Yahoshua the son of Nun, Moshe’s assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, ‘Moshe my master, forbid them’! 29 Then Moshe said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all Yah’s people were prophets and that Yah would put His Spirit upon them”! 30 And Moshe returned to the camp, both he and the elders of Ysrayl. (compare to Mark 9:38-41, don’t forbid anyone from doing the work of Yah).

Yah Sends Quail

31 Now a wind went out from Yah and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering 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 two cubits above the surface on the ground. 32 And the people stayed up all that day, all night and all the next day and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers). And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of Yah was aroused against the people and Yah struck the people with a very great plague. 34 So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah (literally graves of craving) because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving. 35 From Kibroth Hattaavah the people moved to Hazeroth and camped at Hazeroth (Hazeroth means yards).

Chapter 12: Dissension of Aharon and Miriam (Miriam and Aharon are Jealous of Moshe)

1 Then Miriam and Aharon spoke against Moshe because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married. For he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has Yah indeed spoken only through Moshe? Has He not spoken through us also”? And Yah heard it. 3 (Now the man Moshe was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth). 4 Suddenly Yah said to Moshe, Aharon and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting’! So the three came out. 5 Then Yah came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle and called Aharon and Miriam. And they both went forward. 6 Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, Yah make Myself known to him in a vision. I speak to him in a dream. (compare to Job 33:14-16). 7 Not so with My servant Moshe. He is faithful (trustworthy) in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face, even plainly and not in dark sayings (or riddles). And he sees the form of Yah. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moshe”?

9 So the anger of Yah was aroused against them and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aharon turned toward Miriam and there she was, a leper. 11 So Aharon said to Moshe, “Oh, my master! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb”! 13 So Moshe cried out to Yah saying, “Please heal her, O Yah, I pray”! 14 Then Yah said to Moshe, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days and afterward she may be received again”. 15 So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days and the people did not journey until Miriam was brought in again. 16 And afterward the people moved from Hazeroth and camped in the Wilderness of Paran.






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