Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
4 The rabbleI amongII them hadIII a strong craving;IV
and the IsraelitesV also weptVI again,VII and said, “If only we had meatVIII to eat!IX
5 We rememberX the fishXI we used to eat in EgyptXII for nothing,XIII
the cucumbers,XIV the melons,XV the leeks,XVI the onions,XVII and the garlic;XVIII
6 but now our strengthXIX is dried up,XX and there is nothing at all but this mannaXXI to look at.”XXII
10 MosesXXIII heardXXIV the peopleXXV weeping throughout their families,XXVI
allXXVII at the entrancesXXVIII of their tents.XXIX
Then the LordXXX became very angry,XXXI andXXXII Moses was displeased.XXXIII
11 So Moses said to the Lord,XXXIV “Why have you treated your servantXXXV so badly?XXXVI
Why have I not foundXXXVII favorXXXVIII in your sight,XXXIX that you layXL the burdenXLI of all this people on me?
12 Did I conceiveXLII all this people? Did I give birth toXLIII them, that you should say to me, ‘CarryXLIV them in your bosom,XLV
as a nurseXLVI carries a sucking child,XLVII to the landXLVIII that you promised on oathXLIX to their ancestors’?L
13 Where am I to get meat to giveLI to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I am not ableLII to carry all this people alone,LIII for they are too heavyLIV for me.
15 If this is the way you are going to treatLV me, put me to death at onceLVI, LVII—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me seeLVIII my misery.”LIX
16 So the Lord said to Moses, “GatherLX for me seventyLXI of theLXII eldersLXIII of Israel,
whom you knowLXIV to be the elders of the people and officersLXV over them; bringLXVI them to the tent of meeting,LXVII and have them take their placeLXVIII there with you.
24 So Moses went outLXIX and toldLXX the people the wordsLXXI of the Lord;
and he gathered seventyLXXII elders of the people, and placedLXXIII them all aroundLXXIV the tent.
25 Then the Lord came downLXXV in the cloudLXXVI and spokeLXXVII to him,
and tookLXXVIII some of the spiritLXXIX that was on him and putLXXX it on the seventyLXXXI elders;
and whenLXXXII the spirit restedLXXXIII upon them, they prophesied.LXXXIV But they did not do so again.LXXXV
26 TwoLXXXVI menLXXXVII remainedLXXXVIII in the camp,LXXXIX
oneXC namedXCI Eldad,XCII and the otherXCIII named Medad,XCIV and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered,XCV but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.
27 And a young manXCVI ranXCVII and toldXCVIII Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28 And JoshuaXCIX sonC of Nun,CI the assistantCII of Moses,
one of his chosen men,CIII said,CIV “My lordCV Moses, stopCVI them!”
29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealousCVII for my sake? Would thatCVIII all the Lord’s people were prophets,CIX and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!”
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