5 XLIIIOn the sixthXLIV day, when they prepareXLV what they bring in,XLVI it will beXLVII twiceXLVIII as much as they gather on other days.”
6 So Moses and Aaron said to allXLIX the Israelites, “In the eveningL you shall knowLI that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
8 And Moses said, “When the Lord givesLVII you meatLVIII to eat in the evening and your fillLIX of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utterLX against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw nearLXI toLXII the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” 10 AndLXIII as Aaron spokeLXIV to the whole congregation of the Israelites,
they lookedLXV toward the wilderness, andLXVI the glory of the Lord appearedLXVII in the cloud.LXVIII
11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘AtLXIX twilightLXX you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”LXXI
and in the morning there was a layerLXXVII of dewLXXVIII aroundLXXIX the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted,LXXX thereLXXXI on the surfaceLXXXII of the wilderness was a fineLXXXIII flaky substance,LXXXIV as fine as frostLXXXV on the ground.LXXXVI
17 The Israelites didCIII so,CIV some gathering more,CV some less.CVI 18 But when they measuredCVII it with an omer, those who gathered muchCVIII had nothing over,CIX and those who gathered littleCX had no shortage;CXI they gathered as much as each of them needed.
19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it overCXII until morning.” 20 But they did not listenCXIII to Moses; someCXIV left partCXV of it until morning, and it bredCXVI wormsCXVII and became foul.CXVIII And Moses was angryCXIX with them.
21 Morning by morning they gathered it, as much as each needed; but when the sunCXX grew hot,CXXI it melted.CXXII 22 CXXIIIOn the sixth day they gathered twice as much food,CXXIV twoCXXV omers apiece.CXXVI
When all the leadersCXXVII of the congregation came and toldCXXVIII Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded:CXXIX ‘TomorrowCXXX is a day of solemn rest,CXXXI a holyCXXXII sabbathCXXXIII to the Lord;
24 So they put it aside until morning, as Moses commanded them; and it did not become foul, and there were no wormsCXXXIX in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today,CXL for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not findCXLI it in the field.CXLII 26 SixCXLIII days you shall gather it; but on the seventhCXLIV day, which is a sabbath, there will be none.”
27 CXLVOn the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, and they found none. 28 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keepCXLVI my commandmentsCXLVII and instructions? 29 See! The Lord has given you the sabbath, thereforeCXLVIII on the sixth day he gives you food for two days; each of you stayCXLIX where you are;
32 Moses said, “This isCLXII what the Lord has commanded: ‘LetCLXIII an omer of it be kept throughout your generations,CLXIV in order that they may see the food with which I fedCLXV you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”
Image credit: “Guatla (Coturnix coturnix)” by Ximo Galarza, 2018.